When I was a kid, I can remember my mom buying milk in glass bottles, in bags, and then in cartons. It wasn't until I was older that she switched to buying jugs of milk, probably because my brothers and I LOVED drinking milk. I still love it. Now that I have my own family, we also enjoy drinking milk, and usually go through two 4L jugs in a week and a half (is that average??). On occasion though, we do buy milk products (like cream, buttermilk, whipping cream, eggnog...) in cartons. But what to do with those lovely cartons when you've emptied them? They're not really recyclable, unfortunately.
We make BLOCKS.
My mom did this when I was a kid, and we used them for absolutely EVERYTHING! They could be food for our kitchen, we could use them to build towers or houses, do bowling with them, make birdhouses...
Here's a quick how-to on making your own milk carton blocks.
After you've finished using your carton, rinse it thoroughly and stash it somewhere until you have enough to make a couple blocks. Each block requires TWO cartons.
Then open up the tops...
Cut off the tops... you won't need them.
Then take two cartons that are the same size. Squish one slightly to insert it into the other, and PUSH until they form a block!
Voila! Your own milk carton blocks! They are super durable for both indoor and outdoor play (although my dog has chewed them apart on occasion!)
For more great ideas on what to do with leftover milk cartons check out Frugal Family Fun Blog