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Dude Its Not Trash c2008

Dude Its Not Trash c2008

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Published by Linda L. Hargrove
'Dude, It's Not Trash' makes recycling and reuse fun for children with easy-to-read facts about recycling and instructions on how to make toys and crafts using recycled materials.
'Dude, It's Not Trash' makes recycling and reuse fun for children with easy-to-read facts about recycling and instructions on how to make toys and crafts using recycled materials.

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Published by: Linda L. Hargrove on May 28, 2011
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1 Dude


it’s not trash!

by Linda L. Hargrove

Scripture quotations are from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION of the Bible.

© 2008 Linda Leigh Hargrove LLHargrove.com Linda@LLHargrove.com

to recycling dudes worldwide


The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it — Psalm 24:1 NIV

What’s this book about?
Hey, this is a how-to book for dudes (and dudettes) from 8 to 12 years old. In the next few pages you’ll see how to re-use recyclable stuff and make them into cool crafts and toys. So if you’re into having having some fun with your hands and not filling the landfill, then keep reading.

Watch out, Dude:
Most stuff in this book is so easy my kid brother could do ‘em with one hand behind his back. Stuff marked with a needs help from a grownup.

Look for all the books in the Dude Book Series
• • • Dude, It’s Not Trash Dude, It’s More Than Water Dude, It’s Not Just Dirt

it’s not trash!
What in the world is trash? Trash? Not! Trashy Words Some Re-useful Facts S’more Re-useful Facts ‘Round-Again Words Reusing for Fun Tin Can Stilts … Psalm 121 Water Bottle Skip-it … Psalm 149:3a Can-can Cow Bell … Psalm 150 Shoebox Express … Psalm 23:6 Marble Roll … Psalm 143:8b Jelly Jar Lantern … Psalm 139: 11-12

What in the World is Trash?
Definition of trash: Worthless or discarded material or objects; refuse or rubbish. Rubbish is litter. Also known as waste, garbage, or refuses

Trash? Not!
Look in your trash can. Go ahead, take a peek. Everything in there isn’t trash … litter, rubbish, waste, garbage. There are some things in there that should not be. Plastic, metal cans, cardboard … So, guess what? That stuff is



Some Re-useful Facts
So what do we do with all that stuff?


Recycle means to use again. Recycling and reusing stuff is not a new thing. In fact, it goes way back to the really old days of ancient Greek dudes like Plato in 400 BC. Yep, that’s right, 400 years before Christ was born, people were reusing or recycling stuff. Back then, they didn’t have plastics like we do today. And they didn’t have much paper, but science dudes have found out how these ancient people reused metals and pottery. You only have so much stuff to go around, you know. The stuff we’ve got, well, we’ve got to make sure it keeps going around.


S’more Re-useful Facts
Back on April 22, 1970 (wow, that was way before I was born, dude) some folks got together and had the first Earth Day. Earth Day is about celebrating our planet, and doing things that are good for it. Recycling is definitely one of those things. So how do you know to recycle? Check it out. Does it have a symbol like the one to the right? That’s the Universal Recycling Symbol. It was created by Gary Anderson in 1970. What are you waiting for? Recycle it, dude. But wait. Recycling has rules. Yeah, rules. Gotta follow the rules. In many countries there are recycling rules or laws. In fact, every state in the US has laws about recycling. Find out yours today. Don’t break the rules, dude. Don’t fill up the landfills with stuff you can use.


‘Round-Again Words
ABC: aluminum beverage can Brown goods: things like TVs and radios that can’t be put in the recycle bin Compost: a natural fertilizer made of paper trash, soil, and degradable things like fruit and vegetable peelings, or yard waste (leaves, twigs and stuff). Degradable: things that can break down into smaller bits with the help of bacteria or light HDPE: high density polyethylene (a type of plastic) used to make milk cartons and bottles. It’s the No. 2 plastic. Landfill: a place where non-hazardous trash is buried. Don’t send it there, dude. Recycle or reuse. LDPE: Low-density polyethylene. No. 4 plastic. Used in flexible plastic packaging like milk jugs and lids. Polypropylene: (PP) No. 5 plastic. Used in ketchup bottles, yogurt containers, medicine bottles, pancake syrup bottles and automobile battery casings. There are lots of other recyclables and reusables. Surf the Web, Dude, to find out more.


Tin Can Stilts
Adult help recommended You’ll need:
1. Two full large metal juice cans (64 oz or large empty coffee cans) Masking or electrical tape Heavy string or rope Scissors or utility knife Metal can punch (the kind with a sharp tip that punches triangular holes)

2. 3. 4. 5.

Here’s what you do:

Note: if you’re using juice cans, be sure you have a clean empty pitcher on hand to pour the juice into.


Use the can punch to make one hole on either side of each can. Each can should have two holes; one on either side of the can. 2. Cut two pieces of rope (or string) about as long as you are tall. If the string is really thin, double or triple it. 3. Thread the rope through the holes and tie the ends. If the string or rope is too flimsy to go through the holes, tape a six or seven inch section from the end to stiffen it for easy threading. Alternate method: Punch holes in the empty coffee cans much the same way as the juice cans. Threading the rope through the holes will be much easier.

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip. Psalm 121: 2-3a


Water Bottle Skip-it
Adult help recommended You’ll need:
1. One plastic bottle with cap (16 oz is best but smaller will do) 2. Rope or heavy string 3. Plastic Tub lid (like the kind that margarine comes in; about 6 inches across) 4. Heavy-duty Scissors 5. Strong tape (Duct tape works best but electrical or masking tape will do)

Here’s what you do:

Starting at the center of the lid, cut away most of the center of the plastic lid, making a 5-inch hole in the center. Be careful not to cut the edge. This is your ankle ring 2. Cut an 18-inch length of rope (or string). Tie one end to the ankle ring 3. Wrap a few layers of tape around the ankle ring 4. Fill the plastic bottle one third with water (or sand). 5. Slip the ring over your foot, stand up tall, swing the bottle with your leg, and Skipit.

Let them praise His name with dancing. Psalm 149:3a


‘Marble on the Go’ Game
No adult supervision required.

You’ll need:

Paper tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls (one for each person in the game) 2. Scissors 3. One marble per team (or wooden bead about the size of a marble)

Here’s what you do:

Cut each tube in half, lengthwise 2. Give each person two tube halves, one for each hand 3. Form two teams of the same number of people 4. Have the teammates stand shoulder to shoulder, facing their opponents, with their tube halves forming a long trough or gutter. 5. Starting at one end, roll the marble along your gutter as quickly as possible. 6. The team to pass the marble from one end to the other first wins. Variations: Pass the marble in a circle or give players only one tube half. Be creative and have fun.

Show me the way I should go. Psalm 143:8a


Jelly Jar Lantern
Get an adult to help you cut the wire and light the candle.

You’ll need:

A clean jelly or jam jar (about 8 oz), the more decorative the better 2. Small gauge wire (something that bends easily) 3. Plastic or glass beads 4. A votive candle 5. Wire cutters

Here’s what you do:

1. Cut about a foot and a half of wire 2. Wrap the middle portion of the wire around the neck several times, leaving at least six inches sticking out on either side 3. Thread the beads on the wire in a colorful pattern, leaving an inch of wire bare. 4. Twist the last inch of each wire into a knot. 5. Hang your lantern outside on a stick or hook away from anything flammable.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light becomes night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. Psalm 139: 11-12


Can-can Cow bell
Adult help recommended You’ll need:
1. Two metal cans. One should be slightly bigger than the other, so that one will fit inside the other. For instance, a regular-sized soup can (14 oz) and a small tomato paste can (6 oz). 2. Some twine or heavy string 3. A Hammer 4. Scissors 5. A Nail (big enough to make a hole for the string) 6. Three beads or thick buttons (bigger than the hole you make)… arrow to the picture here

Here’s what you do:

Punch a hole in the center of the bottoms of each can. 2. Cut at least a foot of string 3. Tie a bead (or button) to the end of the string 4. Slip the other end of the string through the small can, like shown. 5. Slip the other bead or button on the string 6. Slip the string through the larger can 7. Tie the last bead close to the top of the larger can 8. Hang your bell.

Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with the resounding cymbals. Psalm 150:5


Shoebox Express
No adult supervision required

You’ll need:

Two or more shoe boxes (The boxes will work best if they have holes in the ends. If the boxes don’t already have holes in the ends have an adult to punch or cut 1-inch holes for you) 2. Some ribbon, yarn, or string 3. Safety scissors 4. OPTIONAL: Toy animals, balls, small cars as passengers and cargo.

Here’s what you do:

Cut one short piece of string for each box. Make them at least as long as your longest box 2. Using the string tie the boxes together, end-to-end, leaving at least the width of your hand between them. 3. Use the last piece of string as a handle to pull your locomotive. 4. Load up the train with toy passengers. All Aboard!

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6a


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