Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle topic on BrainPOP Jr.


Millions of unwanted or broken toys end up in our landfills each year. Have your child reduce waste by repurposing or fixing an old toy. He or she may want to take a toy apart and make a new toy or fix a favorite broken plaything. This can be a fun art project, so encourage your child to be creative. You may want to provide non-toxic paints or glue to help your child make his or her creations.

Plant a Vegetable Garden

One way to reduce waste is to plant a vegetable garden. Growing your own vegetables is not only fun and rewarding, but also cuts down on fossil fuels used to process and ship vegetables to local grocery stores. Plant a garden together in your backyard or find a community garden where you can participate together. Invite members of your area’s farmer’s market in to talk to students about seasonal and local food, and let students ask them questions.