Recycling Box Crafts
Recycling in itself is a great activity for children, it teaches them how to take care of the
environment and how to sort objects into different materials (plastic, metal, paper). As
long as all the items are clean and free from sharp edges children should be able to make
use of any and all items in the family recycling bin.
As any parent knows, younger children are more fascinated by cardboard boxes than
what came in them. This isn’t as true for older children but they still love to play with
and create things out of cardboard. Some other items that children can use that you may
not readily associate with recycling are:
* Birthday or Christmas cards – if you do not keep them year after year kids can cut
them up and use the images for pictures or as puppets by gluing a popsicle stick to
* Old newspaper and magazines. The newspaper can be shredded for paper maché
or children can cut out individual letters to create a secret message. The
magazines can be used to cut out letters too or cut out pictures to make a collage.
* Old clothing such as orphaned socks or jeans that are beyond repair. Use the
socks to make sock puppets and put on a puppet show. You can use other
recycled materials to decorate the sock puppet. A popular craft made with blue
jeans is to cut off the back pockets and sew onto a purse or use both pockets to
create a smaller purse.
* Old compact discs that don’t work anymore can be decorated and re-used as
Children have great imaginations, let them pick their own materials from the recycling
and see what they come up with. Just be careful with glass and other items that could cut
or otherwise hurt younger children.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.