Environment: Recycling—yes you can!

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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Promote recycling with fun activities using empty food and drinks cans

Artwork showing cans

Extra activitiy

Don’t forget to check out Activity sheet, ‘Tin can desk tidy’.

Sturdier than plastic and cardboard, cans make a versatile D&T resource – although some preparatory work is necessary to ensure that they are safe for children to use. Choose food tins that open with a ring pull – or use a can opener that will not leave a jagged edge – and completely remove the lids. Wash thoroughly and leave to dry before applying a thin sausage of adhesive putty inside the rim. When set, cover with widths of strong tape. Be absolutely confident that all sharp edges are securely enclosed before asking children to work with any cans.

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