Thursday, June 25, 2009

Recycling Can Be Fun

Recently we found ourselves with a box full of old used manila file folders. They were ones that Rob had used in his work for years. We shredded the contents but saved the folders. We'll reuse most of them for various projects in the office, but some were too worn and beat up to reuse. What should we do with them?

One morning Rob started folding the old raggedy folders into paper airplanes.

We took the dogs into the yard and Rob launched one of the planes into the air.

Everyone was very interested in what he was doing.

Once the planes were aloft the race was on.

Norma Jean caught one in mid air and started running to get ahead of her sisters.

They saw what she had and of course everyone else wanted one.

Tess got hers.

Norma Jean took hers to the trampoline for some privacy while she examined it.

Once they caught a plane they found a spot to lie down and shred it.

Noah was working on his.

Little pieces of airplane were starting to show up all over the yard.

This seemed to be a very popular game.

Oh oh, Lola and Bailey both went after the same airplane.

Neither one wanted to give it up.

This went on for a while and I kept my eye on the situation.

Here they're walking across the yard, but still neither will let go of the airplane.

Finally they each gave a good tug and the plane tore into two pieces.

Bailey ripping up her section.

Lola working on the other part.

Morgan likes to rip hers into very tiny pieces.

This is a great game. I'm glad Rob thought this one up.

There are little piles of torn folder all over the yard. They got mulched the next time Rob mowed. A great new way to recycle and play at the same time.


soulbrush said...

what a fun fun day they had. i bet whenever they see rob they just KNOW he is going to be a fun person to have a round....happy DOT Sue and the gang.

SissySees said...

I love it! Maybe we won't buy mulch for the dog pen. Maybe I'll just recycle folders from work, home, firehouse, and the Knight can call it quality time with his fur-girls.

StellaStar said...

Sometimes, the simplest toys are the ones that are the most fun!!

Sam said...

How funny. Dogs find such joy in novel items. It is adorable.

Unknown said...

What fun. My dogs like to shred paper too. How long did the girls walk around sharing one airplane? g

LizzieJane said...

It must be a challenge to come up with games to keep the gang amused. This one looks like it was heaps of fun. It sure doesn't take much to keep those doggies happy. Who would have thought a paper envelope would do the trick!

Tobi said...

Sue - you and Rob are very resourceful. I kept reading, worrying that you were going to have to pick up all those little pieces of folder. Mulching via mower!!! Genuis!

Marjie said...

This was a wonderful game in two ways: The pups got to play, and Rob had an excuse to be a kid and make and throw paper airplanes! Perfect!

Tee said...

Ingenious!! :) I bet paper airplanes would work with the pups!

I like the photo of Lola & Bailey walking in stride with that one paper airplane. Made me chuckle.


Dawn said...

Great idea, love it! Another great one is plastic water bottles, mine love hearing the crackling it makes! Just like a kid with a cardboard box, hours of entertainment!

Anonymous said...

What a terrific idea! It looks like your little pooches had loads of fun. Happy DOT!

Lapdog Creations said...

What a wonderful - and "green" - idea! Love all the playtime shots!

Tina. said...

Great way to recycle and lots of fun!!! P.s. Honey Dew and Sampson said thank you for including them on the blue bandana day! I showed them the picture. I finally got a chance to catch up on some of my favorite blogs!

Vivian said...

What a cool game! and I'm so glad you didn't have to pick up all those little pieces of torn paper.

Tina in Wonderland said...

Those paper airplanes were a great idea. I think I'll try that!

You have the cutest action pics!

i said...

What a great idea! I'm going to try that out with Happy.

Dot O said...

What wonderful shots!!! They look like (Rob does too) they were having a wonderful time.

Yes, I cannot believe Ruby is already losing the puppy look. I was just thinking that when I saw your comment. The changes happen too quickly for my taste. We love her to pieces!!!

I hope you have a great weekend!!! Sorry I don't get to post on DoT - work has been busy which is a good thing for me.

Molly the Airedale said...

What fun you all had and cheap entertainment too! Great job!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch