MASSENA - Children from all over St. Lawrence County came to Massena on Monday for the start of the Friends of the Robert T. Moses Nature Centers annual spring break day camp, where students made garden tools out of a recycled milk cartons.
Today were making upcycling garden tools, Recreation and Education Specialist Linda Besio said before showing children how to make a hand shovel and seed starter out of a one-gallon milk jug.
She also told students how they could make a watering jug, if they had another empty milk jug to use.
You can have your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa poke about 10 holes in it (the plastic cap) and then youll have a sprinkler jug, she said, explaining the easiest way to do that would be with the help of a hammer, nail and small piece of wood.
After making their tools on Monday, Aley Williams, 6, of Massena, Logan Guynup, 8, of Massena, Caleb Breen, 10, of Ogdensburg and Brent Theobauld, 8, of Chase Mills all agreed that the morning was fun.
Can we come for the rest of the week? Logan asked his mother.
While most of the camps slots are full, Ms. Besio said there are a couple spots still available for the remainder of the weeks activities.
Advance registration for the free day camp is required. To register, call 705- 5022. The camp runs from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
Today, she said children will be making al-luminare art out of an empty tin can. Children are asked to bring an empty soup can or other type of metal can with them.
Wednesdays session is called Water Bottle Magic. Were going to take water bottles and make all different kinds of items, Ms. Besio said.
On Thursday children should bring an empty potato chip, pop corn, or other type of snack bag that they will turn into a change purse.
The camp will wrap up on Friday when children will take an empty glass or plastic jar, like a mayonaise or spaghetti sauce container, and turn it into a bazaar candy jar.
While not connected to the childrens day camp, Ms. Besio said the Friends of the Nature Center will hold a similiar event for adults on Saturday, when they will make resuable shopping bags. This session will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and advance registration is required, as space is limited.
Ms. Besio said that by cutting regular shopping bags into plastic strips and crocheting them back together one can make a reusable shopping bag.
These bags are a lot stronger, she said.
To register, call 705-5022.