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April is Earth Month, but I’m a firm believer that every day should be Earth Day. Teaching your children to recycle and take care of our planet at an early age will help them continue that practice as they get older. And did you know that you can turn many recyclable items into fun, family craft time? Instead of tossing out empty juice boxes, paper towel rolls, tissue boxes or paper scraps during your clean up, gather these hidden treasures and create what I like to call, a “Creativity Cupboard.”

The saying is true, “if you build it, they will come”- and they will. Get your kids off the computer or away from the tablet and create a space for them to use their imaginations and make something they can be proud of. You don’t have to run to the store and spend money on brand-new art supplies to inspire creative and imaginative play. In fact, some of the best materials are already in your home.

Pick a central spot for your “Creativity Cupboard,” which could also be as simple as a plastic bin, and organize a wide variety of craft materials, upcycled items, crayons, blank paper and more. You can also print out craft instructions from websites like the Juicy Juice Activity page to help your kids get started. Most importantly, when you have a special spot for creative play, you won’t have to waste time or energy by pulling apart every drawer in the house to find what you need to start a project.

What you add to your “Creativity Cupboard” is completely up to you, but here are a few of my favorite ways to inspire creative play with supplies found around the house:

  • Upcycled Crafts: use the recycled materials to turn an ordinary household item into a creative DIY project. For example, use an empty Juicy Juice box to create an adorable Juice Box Rocket, in four easy steps. Or transform your juice bottle caps into ladybugs and juice boxes into these colorful sailboats. For even more fun, fill up the tub or sink and see if they float!
  • Family Room Floor Racetrack: transform your floor into your very own toy car racetrack with items from your Creativity Cupboard. Have the kids pick out a handful of supplies like toilet paper tubes for tunnels, sandpaper for rough terrain and different sized rocks for roadblocks. After it’s set up, start the racecar engines and let the endless amount of fun begin!
  • Card Art: in your Cupboard, have pre-folded paper so your kids can decorate and fill out cards that you can give to relatives for future holidays, birthdays or no reason at all. Kids can have fun with crayons, colored paper, stamps and stickers, and you can spread the joy and skip the extra stop in the card aisle.
  • Outdoor Adventures: stock your special spot with items that inspire spontaneous outdoor adventures like sidewalk chalk, a magnifying glass for bug hunts and empty spaghetti jars or juice bottles. That way, if it’s a nice day or night, you can easily gather a few items to turn your driveway into a mural, carefully examine a beautiful butterfly or anthill or decorate an empty Juicy Juice bottle to catch fireflies. Try this Magic Firefly Bottle and watch the fireflies come round.

For more 100% Family Time ideas and inspiration, visit www.juicyjuice.com/familytime.