Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Project Plastic Cup: String Telephone

What better way to teach kids about science than by doing it during playtime? Here's one fun and easy way to teach the young ones about sound waves and how they travel. This project requires adult supervision.

Presenting Project Plastic Cup: String Telephone!

For this little project, all you need are some durable plastic cups, string, and scissors. String telephones are usually made of tin cans but plastic cups are just as effective. Both tin cans and plastic cups can handle wear and tear. One advantage of plastic cups is that they are easier to handle. If you are feeling a little artsy, you can always go for the specially designed plastic cups.

1. Punch a hole at the bottom of each plastic cup. Since it is made of plastic, you may use a push pin or any sharp point. The holes should be big enough for the string to fit through.
2. Push the string through the holes of both plastic cups. This may be tricky so use the end of a paper clip to thread it through.
3. Tie a knot in the string. Pull it tight so the knot rests firmly at the bottom of your plastic cup. If the knot won't do it, tie it around a toothpick and use that as your anchor. Do the same thing with the string on the other plastic cup. Remember to pull it tight, but not too tight.
4. See if it works. Have your partner speak while you listen with your side of the telephone. You should be able to hear your partner's voice, even if you    used a long piece of string between the plastic cups.

These days, you don't have to immediately send used plastic cups to the trash bin. There are a myriad ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and like the string telephone project, have fun and learn at the same time. With Eco-friendly plastic cups like CupDepot.com's, your plastic cups will surely go a long way.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Project Plastic Cup: Kiddie Planting

Keeping the children busy during no-school days can be a tough task. Even the most sophisticated toys can’t keep a wandering tot from looking for something more exciting. Thankfully, you don’t need too many toys to keep your young ones occupied with an activity that’s not only fun, but also great for the environment. All you need is a durable plastic cup and some basic planting tools and you’re all set for a fun-filled afternoon with your kids.

It only takes five easy and kiddie-friendly steps.

1. Fill about three quarters of a plastic cup with potting soil. Make sure to leave ample empty space at the top.

2. Here is where your kids can display their creativity. Personalize your plastic cup with your chosen embellishments. Use glue to hold them together. Make sure, though, that it won’t weigh down your plastic cup. If you have a specially designed plastic cup, encourage your kids to use colored pens to color in the existing design.

3. Use the plastic wrap to protect the plastic cup’s embellishments during watering.

4. Planting time! Sow the seeds of the plant you have chosen.

5. Water your fledgling plant to dampen the soil. Make sure to remind your kids that the plant needs regular watering and maintenance.

Even playtime can be a great way to teach your children a thing or two about caring for the environment. With durable and eco-friendly plastic cups like CupDepot.com’s line of paper and plastic cups, you can help save Mother Earth from further destruction with just a dash of creativity and imagination.