Earth Week at Home: Milk Gallon Projects for Kids

Author: Ania Stilwell | April 20, 2020

Earth Week at Home: Milk Gallon Projects for Kids

Wondering how to entertain your kids THIS week? You're in luck! It’s Earth Week! The perfect opportunity to grab those empty milk gallons from your recycle bin and give your kids an opportunity to get creative.

Or have them drink the rest of the milk to empty the milk jug. Milk is good for all ages, because it’s the #1 food source for calcium, vitamin D, and potassium – nutrients that many Americans, including children, are lacking in their diets.

Dairy provides more than half the calcium and vitamin D consumed by Americans. And did you know the U.S. dairy industry’s greenhouse gas footprint is only about 2% of the U.S. total? That’s because dairy farmers are committed to feeding people while taking care of the land.

On April 22, raise a glass of milk in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! In the meantime, celebrate Earth Week while sheltering in place with these ideas that'll keep kids busy! 

1. Bird Feeder

Recycle milk jugs into a feeder for birds or squirrels

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2. Milk Jug Planters

Make milk jug planters for your garden or a house decoration. 

3. Garden Tools

Turn recyclable milk bottles into garden tools!

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4. Dollhouse

Easily turn milk jugs into a dollhouse or playhouse

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American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit