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How to Make a Recycle Poster and Recycling Activities for Kids

Updated on November 17, 2014

Recycling Poster

Make a recycle poster to help teach kids how and what to recycle. A recycling poster is a fun class, Sunday school or family project.

There are many common household items that can be reused instead of thrown away. Kids can get creative learning about recycling while having fun at the same time.

They can also learn about lots of fun craft projects that can be made by recycling items from the home. Afterwards, they'll have a proud piece of art to display depicting the many ways people can recycle.

Green recycling bin image by Mattes at Wikimedia Commons.

Recycling for Children

Start by asking kids in advance to bring something from home to be recycled. These items will become the main focus of the recycle board.

All you need is a good size poster board and some glue to get started. Depending on the age of the kids, you might consider washable glue or glue sticks.

Now, most people are aware that cans and bottles can be recycled. However, there is so much more. Below are numerous items that kids can bring in for the poster which can be recycled.

Some of them have fun craft suggestions as well. Crafts are a great hands-on activity to show recycling in action. When the kids bring their items in, ask them to suggest ways their items can be reused.

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Recycle Newspapers

There are lots of great things that can be done with newspapers. If you don't have a place that will recycle them, try reusing them.

For example, newspapers can make for great wrapping paper. You can use the sports section for men, the beauty section for women and the comics for kids.

Another idea is to reuse newspaper for packing. Instead of using plastic bubble wrap, use old newspaper to cushion items when packing.

You can also make a cool paper mache craft with them. Instructions are below.

Newspaper stand image by curlsdiva at morgueFile.

Recycle Toilet Paper Rolls

There are plenty of fun crafts kids can make by recycling toilet paper rolls. Fill an empty roll with dried beans, cover up the ends and decorate for a fun music shaker.

Paint an empty toilet roll container black and now you have a pretend spy scope. Glue two of the together and decorate to make binoculars.

Below are more suggestions for fun crafts with empty toilet paper rolls.

Toilet paper roll image by alvimann at morgueFile.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts - Easy Crafts for Kids

Take a look at these fun crafts. Kids will really love them and it's a good way to recycle toilet paper rolls.

Recycle Milk Cartons

Here's a way to recycle two items at once. Take an empty milk container and cut off the top half. For the bottom half, cover it with old fabric, magazine pages or used greeting cards. You now have a new pencil box made of recycled materials.

Create an indoor planter with an empty milk carton. Cut off one side of the carton. Glue the opened part of the container closed. Add some dirt, plant some seeds and you will now have an indoor garden.

Below is a milk carton container craft for older kids.

Milk carton photo by Guroadrunner at morgueFile.

Recycle Buttons

No need to throw old buttons away. You can gather them up and string them together to create a fun button necklace.

Most kids love to make paper lunch bag puppets. Use buttons to create the eyes, nose and mouth of the puppet. Add some old yarn or material to create the hair.

Below is a cool button craft that uses buttons to make a bracelet.

Buttons picture by ronnieb at morgueFile.

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Recycle Glass Jars

There are many ways to reuse glass jars. After they was have washed and dried, you can use one to hold coins. It's a great way to save up come money.

Take different colored beans and created a piece of art by layering different colors. Cut an old piece of fabric and using a rubber band, attach the material to the lid to make it decorative.

Want to make a pretty gift? Fill a jar with potpourri and once again, decorate the lid with a pretty piece of old fabric.

Now, a jar itself would probably be too heavy to place on a poster board. If a student wants to represent recycling a jar, have the student cut out a picture of a jar from an old newspaper or magazine.

Glass jar image courtesy of mconnors at morgueFile.

Recycling Bin

Encourage kids to recycle by keeping a recycling bin around. Merely place it next to the regular trash can that is being used and put a picture of items they can recycle on the bin.

Recycled Pillows

If you have some old clothes that are too tattered to donate to charity, but part of the items of clothing are good, cut out some pieces and sew them together to make a nice pillow.

This idea is more for older kids who could use a needle and thread to hand sew the pillow. (Saves energy by not using a sewing machine.)

Recycled pillows image by jdurham at morgueFile.

Many people don't know that batteries can be recycled.

Cardboard Box Crafts

Here's a fun project for smaller kids. Take a very large cardboard box and cut off the top flaps. Turn the box upside down and cut a door for an opening and a couple of windows.

Let kids paint the box and when the paint dries, children can take turns in their new special cardboard room reading or looking at picture books about recycling.

If a child wants to use cardboard to place on the recycle board, then either have the child bring in a small box or cut out a piece of a box to place on the board.

Cardboard box image by HarrisonB at Wikimedia Commons.

Recycling Cards

Sure, it's fun to get cards, but most people end up throwing them away. Turn old cards into fun craft projects.

For example, create a jigsaw puzzle out of an old greeting card. Cut off the printed side of the card and glue it onto a piece of cardboard. When dry, cut up the card into puzzle pieces to create a colorful jigsaw puzzle.

Make a picture frame. Use a piece of cardboard and cut it the size you want the frame to be. Cut old greeting cards and make a border around the outside of the cardboard. Next, glue a picture of a child to the inside of the frame and you now have a wonderful new recycled picture frame.

Check out the bookmark craft below.

Cute cat card image by Haandlavet.dk at Wikimedia Commons.

Recycle Poster

The above are just a handful of ideas of items that can be recycled along with some fun craft ideas. Brainstorm with the kids to come up with additional items that can be recycled.

Once the kids have brought in their items for the recycle board, let each child use their item creatively. For example, if a child brings in some buttons, let the child glue the buttons on the board in such a way to make a picture.

If a child brings in an old greeting card, let the child cut the card into a pretty shape. A plastic water bottle can be painted and decorated first before being attached.

Once all items have been glued to the board, have kids come up with a title for the board. Use recycled paper or an old greeting card to cut out the letters of the title of the poster and glue them on. You now have a successful recycling board to help kids learn about recycling!

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Recycling Coloring Pages

I personally believe that coloring pages can make for a valuable learning tool. Below is a link that will take you to some recycling coloring pages.

Although it's title reflects Earth Day, these coloring pages and pictures can be used throughout the year to teach the important of recycling and helping save the environment.

Coloring crayons picture by ppdigital at morgueFile.

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It never hurts to have some good recycling books on hand. As you will see, the ones I'm recommending are very reasonably priced.

Recycling Books

It's good to have some recycling books on hand. Check these out.

Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids

This book is very helpful in teaching the basics of recycling. It's geared towards second, third and fourth graders.

 
I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)
I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)

This cute story book follows Max the Little Monster as he learns how to stop his wasteful ways and become more aware of the environment. This book is recommended for kids four and up.

 

Recycle Books

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A good DVD is a wonderful way to teach kids about recycling in an entertaining way.

Recycling DVD

All About Garbage & Recycling
All About Garbage & Recycling

Highly recommended by a Pre-K teacher, this DVD teaches about recycling. Great for kids who love trucks.

 

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @ToxicFreeClub: Thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Looking at everything you throw away is a smart idea.

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      @Heidi Vincent: Happy you like them.

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      ToxicFreeClub 3 years ago

      Great ideas

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Wonderful recycling ideas, WriterJanis!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      You have a great resource pool going here for recycling projects. I can see now I'm going to be returning here a few times. My best recycling tip would be to look at everything you throw away weekly. Then, determine to cut that in half by finding a use for things destined for the dump.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @smine27: Mother Earth really needs our help.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      So many good information here to help mother Earth.

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      @NatureFan LM: Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      This is really the need of the hour as its the kids who will later on inculcate these habits and make it a way of life. Good habits to teach.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Bercton1: bercton, thank you very much.

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Great information and sustainable approach toward the environment. Well done!

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      @zeptra: Glad you found it helpful.

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      @AstroGremlin: Sounds like a great approach.

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      zeptra 4 years ago

      thank you for share this info, very helpful at all, :)

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Recycling and not buying a bunch of crap I don't need in the first place are core tenants of my approach.

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      @joanride: I hope they do.

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      @sheilamarie78: You are so right.

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      @sheilamarie78: You are so right.

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      joanride 4 years ago

      I'll have my kids try some of these projects this summer. I'm sure they would love that.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Great tips, WriterJanis! We all need to learn new ways to reuse things.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      We have been making a lot of crafts out of cardboard recently. Great suggestions for giving unused items a second life :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LaptopLeader: You know just the right thing to say!

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      Some great recycling tips there! Great lens! Awesome! Fantastic! Wonderful!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Painxxto: Thank you.

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      Painxxto 4 years ago

      Thank you, I love everything about recycling and to plant trees. Very god job!

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      @MikJay: I'm glad you think this way.

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      MikJay 4 years ago

      great for getting the kids motivated.

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      @LUMOSE: Thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @MythYes: I agree. It's so sad when nature does get destroyed.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      I love your idea. Nature is too beautiful to be destroyed. We must protect it!

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      @junkcat: Really? What a great idea.

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      @ConvenientCalendar: That's the spirit!

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      I love to reuse items that would normally be discarded. I am make outdoor furniture from used pallets,

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      @dellgirl: Thanks for the congrats!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Do it as much as you can! Great lens!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great Recycling Activities for Kids. These are really nice and look like a lot of fun. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this great lens, I enjoyed reading here. Nice work.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @sha-ron: Happy I could help.

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      sha-ron 4 years ago

      I love to recycle but this will give me more ideas thanks

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      @wiseriverman: Thanks for stopping by Daniel.

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      @LiteraryMind: This is what I was hoping to achieve.

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      @LiteraryMind: This is what I was hoping to achieve.

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas.Daniel

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      accfuller 4 years ago

      You really do have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing ... :) gave you another squid-like and a g+1

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are great inexpensive ways to keep kids busy -- and teach them about saving the environment.

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      @TapIn2U: Glad you think so.

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      @rob-hemphill: Excellent!

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      @Alan Katz: Plastic is so harmful to the environment. You're really helping out by recycling it.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great way to recycle things and for kids to have fun. Sundae ;-)

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Important information to pass on to the next generation. I reuse glass jars to store workshop items like nails and screws, and nuts and bolts in.

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      Alan Katz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this lens. Great ideas to teach children. In our house we recycle plastic.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Vivianpro: That's a great way to reuse a jar.

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      Vivianpro 4 years ago

      I have my small change collected in recycled jars!

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      @anonymous: Wishing you an early Happy Earth Day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really good recycling ideas and a fun way of teaching kids how to contribute to the cleaner and greener environment.

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      @weheartjunk: Sounds great.

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      weheartjunk 4 years ago

      Cool Ideas. Great lens. I think we could find lots of stuff in our business you could have fun with.

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      @PinkstonePictures: That's a good way to save money.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I love collecting small change in jars.

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      @imagelist lm: Thank you.

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      @favored: What a fun craft idea.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Nut containers with plastic lids are great for crayons, and kids like creating their own design on them. We glue construction paper to them and then the kids draw whatever they like on it.

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      @jc stone: Kids really need to learn the importance of this. I'm glad you feel the same way.

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      @takkhisa: I'm glad you do.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      This seems like good Recycling ideas for the kids. We need to get kids into Recycling so in the future we will have a cleaner planet. Nice lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Hi! Just cam here to see this again, i like this lens :)

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      @Useray LM: Glad you found this to be helpful.

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      @sbpub: I agree with you.

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      Useray LM 4 years ago

      Very different and informative...Great tips.

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      sbpub 4 years ago

      Its important to get kids involved in recycling at an early age and these ideas certainly help getting them involved whilst still being fun!Thanks

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      @fifinn: That's so nice of you to say!

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      I am interested in Recycling Coloring Pages. Your idea is very brilliant.

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      @LauraHofman: Thanks for checking them out.

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      testosterone-booster 4 years ago

      Very creative ideas.Thanks for sharing.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      We love recycling and composting. Great ideas and tips here! I will check out some of the books and dvd's you recommended. Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice ideas !

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @audrey07: Thanks for sharing a great idea.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      That sounds like an interesting idea.

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      You can also use unwanted CDs to do your craft. They can be turned into coasters and other decorative materials.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: I love all of the craft options available from recycling things around the house.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      My kids always make stuff from old paper rolls or egg cartons, I have to remember whose turn it is to have a go!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: That sounds like a great idea.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      i've taken to putting food waste in a recycled plastic bag in the refrigerator. Once I have a garden I'll use the same process, and then compost it.

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      @JeffGilbert: Thanks for reading it. :-)

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      @nicenet: Great to hear,

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      @anonymous: It is and people need to see just how important it is.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      A nice informative lens that more people should read. Thanks for making it.. :)

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I made up my mind recently never to throw things away.I got two ideas from your lens-the empty roll paper and making a pillow.Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great 'green' resource you have here! Green living is becoming more important every year. great job!

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      @TonyGaylord: So nice you enjoyed it.

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      @deyanis: I appreciate the blessing!

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      @ariyanto: Nice to meet you, too!