‘Toys from Trash’ Teaches Kids about Sustainable Design and Recycling

Toys from trash

Remember the old Lincoln Logs, erector sets and Legos you played with as a kid? Ron Aarons, a LEED-certified architect and loving grandfather, certainly does. He has created his own version of these all-time classic children’s toys, but with a unique twist. His “toys” are made exclusively from recyclable materials.

He discussed his green initiative with Inhabitots.com. His ‘Toys from Trash’ project involves reusing recyclable items, such as plastic bottles and cardboard rolls, to create new things. He field tested one of his toys with his grandchildren; it’s a 4-foot diameter geodesic dome constructed of plastic bottles. The kids loved it!

toys from trash-geodesic dome

It’s important to teach kids about responsible waste removal and recycling from an early age. We discussed these topics in previous posts, such as here and here.

Aarons’ creative ‘Toys from Trash’ idea teaches kids about sustainable design and architecture, repurposing/reusing and changes their idea of what “waste” actually is.

The cool-looking geodesic dome structure can be constructed by children as young as six-years-old, according to Aarons. He hopes projects such as these help teach kids that they can have fun creating unique and fun toys out of stuff already lying around the house, or even in the trashcan.

geodesic dome-plastic bottles

Aarons is already working on new creations using large cardboard tubes to create gigantic Lincoln Log-esque toys for making forts and other structures.

It’s an ingenious way to teach children about green architectural design while they have fun at the same time. The future of architectural design is heading toward sustainability, such as using recycled roofing shingles, solar panels, bamboo flooring and cool roofing.

By teaching children early on why green design is so important, it will help the next generation of architects and engineers think more about the environment and the affect architectural design has on it.

Images via: Inhabitots.com

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