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Tin Can Telephone: Yesterday's Trash is Today's Craft

Turning regular household items into fun games encourages kids to get creative with their imagination. It also reminds them that while recycling is important, reusing and reducing are also ways to be environmentally friendly.

With the classic game of telephone, a few soup cans quickly become hours of secretive fun. All you need is two empty cans and a piece of string!

Start with two cans of equal size; soup cans tend to be the easiest. Clean the cans well so there is no food residue or sharp edges.

  • Step 1: Poke a small hole in the bottom of each can by carefully hammering a nail through.
  • Step 2: Thread a piece of cotton string through the hole. Tie a large knot on the inside of the can to make sure the string can’t be pulled back out. Repeat this step with the second can.
  • Step 3: Paint or decorate cans so each “caller” has their own personality. Pull the string tight and chat away!

For a fun, science-related game, try testing different materials and lengths to see which combination produces the best sound. If you want to add more listeners, you can create another phone and tie the string to the middle of the original line.

There are plenty of household items you can reuse for craft time. Check out more ideas including this milk carton birdfeeder.

About the author: Darby Fledderjohn was summer 2013 corporate communications intern at Rumpke.

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