I know people that their favorite things to recycle are other people's stuff. Going to garage sales and finding things that can be reused like pictures, furniture and clothes. For others it is finding an item that can be used as something else. For example, a couple of old chairs that are can make neat planters in the yard.
Start preschoolers on the right track to recycling. Have them cut the top off an orange juice carton and use the bottom for a planter.(add dirt, flowers, water)
Turn toilet paper and paper towel tubes into kindling and logs for your fireplace. For fire starter, use scissors to cut the cardboard into 1/8-inch (3-millimeter) strips. Keep the strips in a bin near the fireplace so they'll be handy to use next time you make a fire. To make logs, tape over one end of the tube and pack shredded newspaper inside. Then tape the other end. The tighter you pack the newspaper, the longer your log will burn.