75 Recycled Art Projects For Kids

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recycled art projects for kids Crafting with kids can get pricey but one way that you can keep your budget in check and be kind to the earth is to use recycled materials.These recycled art projects for kids use cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, corks, egg cartons, jar lids and more. Here are some ways you can use these recycled art materials to create and learn.

Cereal Boxes

recycled art

Rocket Craft
Pretend Play Laptop
Cereal Box Apples
Pretend Play Town
Gas Pump for Toy Cars

Corks

cork butterflies

Cork Painted Rainbows
Cork & Elastic Fine Motor Challenge
Cork Love Bugs
Cork and Button Builders
Cork Painted Snowflakes
Cork Painted Wreath

Milk Cartons and Plastic Bottles

recycled rocket craft

Discovery Bottles
Milk Carton Fire Station
Milk Plug Ring
Soda Bottle Flower Prints from Inner Child Fun
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
Juice Jug Rocket
Ghost Bottle Bowling

Catalogs,Magazines,and Newspaper

newspaper flowers

Newspaper Pirate Hat
Recycled Alphabet
Newspaper Earth
Recycle or Garbage? Earth Friendly Sorting Game
Catalog Drawing Prompts
Newspaper Flowers
Car Alphabet
Book Order Form Beads
Doll Catalog Mermaids
Word Family Portraits
Season Sorting

Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls

toilet paper roll rocket craft

Superhero Cuff
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Paper Roll Rocket
Music Shaker
Toilet Paper Roll Puppets
Campfire
Paper Roll Apples
Wrapping Paper Roll Flag
Family Bowling
Paper Roll Necklace
Paper Roll Flutes
Paper Roll Flowers

Jars, Lids, and Cans

color mixing edit

Jar Lid Memory Game
Tin Can Wind Chimes from Hands On As We Grow
Salt Art in A Jar
Color Mixing Jars
Kandinsky Inspired Lid Art
Tin Can Painting by Toddler Approved
Jar Lid Stamps
Tool Bench Pencil Holder
Rhyming Jars
Estimation Stations

Egg Cartons

classic egg carton craft

Egg Carton Wreath
Egg Carton Birds
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Egg Carton Treasure Box by Red Ted Art
Egg Carton Card Holder for Kids
Egg Carton E Letter Craft
Egg Carton Tree
Egg Carton Sensory Puzzle
Egg Carton Spider
Egg Carton Ant
Egg Carton Math - Guest post by Teach Preschool
Recycled Sailboat

Various recycled and upcyled ideas :Stay Put Puzzle

 

Upcycled Stay Put Puzzle
Upcycled Kitchen Mat Roadway
CD Case Dry Erase Maze
Starbucks Coffee Sleeve Craft
Plastic Egg Bugs and More
Crayon Candle
Pool Noodle Bouquet
Scrap Paper Love Bomb
How To Make Recycled Paper
Table Top Loose Parts
Paint With Recyclables
Scrap Paper Rainbow

 

9 Recycled Mother’s Day Crafts

mother's day craftMother’s Day crafts don’t have to be elaborate they just have to be made from the heart. These crafts also take Mother Nature to heart and are made with one of more recycled material like scrap paper, old books, even those little plugs from milk and juice cartons.

Recycled Picture Frame
Book Order Bead Necklace
Love Bomb
Recycled Vase
Napkin Rings
Toddler Made Recycled Necklace
Newspaper and Button Flowers
Milk Plug Ring
Recycled Paper Hearts

Recycled Art For Earth Day

by Allison McDonald

earth day activity for kids Earth Day is coming up and I have been talking to my kids more and more about why we recycle and what we also try to re-use at home.  As you can imagine we re-use many things for projects and activities I write about on the blog. So much so that my son will often hand me his garbage and say ” Can you use this for a project?” Even I haven’t found a good use for string cheese wrappers ! Today we are using a collection of recycled objects for a wide open recycled art project. As you will see my daughter has a favorite earth friendly painting tool.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paint, a tray for the paint, some paper, and recycled objects to paint with.  We went around the house and into my art closet to choose the objects.earth day activity for kids
  2. Pour paint into the tray ( or cake pan) . I had my daughter look outside to tell me what colors she saw. Then we used those colors for the painting. I have the paper taped down because I had a feeling she’d end up finger painting and this keeps the paper from sticking to her hands and ending up on the floor.
  3. Explore! earth day paintingThis is wide open . She liked the toilet paper roll  but hated the little cap. earth day painting with recycled objectsThe ribbon spool made interesting prints but the real fun was in using her hands.earth day craft The ultimate re-usable paint brush! earth day craft for toddlersAfter plopping on the paint with her hands she explored the marks that some of the recycled objects made. earth day art projectRolling the toilet paper roll was a fun discovery too. earth day painting with toilet paper rolls

Books About Recycling

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The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches is awesome! I only wish that my son was old enough to enjoy it as much as I did. It’s not aimed at 2 year olds at all, but he did like to open it to the page with the recycling truck and point out all the parts to me. The book itself takes the reader through the complete process from crude oil, to bottle and then to synthetic fleece. I am not too proud to admit I learned s a few new things and had a few good laughs along the way with the books little bits of humor too. I think most 5 year olds would enjoy this book, and it’s easy to break it down for those unable to sit for this much text. Also the book was printed on 100% post consumer waste paper.

Trash and Recycling

Trash And Recycling by Stephanie Turnball is a great book ! I learned more about garbage and the recycling process reading this to my son over lunch than I ever knew! He loved it and despite being a pretty sophisticated book for a 3 year old immediately asked to read it again as soon as I closed it. It explains the whole process from curbside pick up, land fills, incineration and recycling. The idea for today’s activity came from the sorting of recyclable garbage from this book!

 

15 Recycled Paper Roll Crafts For Earth Day

toilet roll crafts

I don’t know many households that don’t have a few empty paper rolls hanging around. They are great for crafts and we have 15 fun ideas to use paper rolls for. Earth Day is coming up and making one ( or more) of these crafts is a wonderful hands on way to teach your children about recycling.

 

1.Recycled Sailboat
2.Toilet Roll Frankenstein
3. Paper Roll Rocket
4.Turkey
5. Music Shaker
6.Toilet Paper Roll Puppets
7. Toilet Paper Roll Airplane
8.Campfire
9. Paper Roll Apples
10.Wrapping Paper Roll Flag
11.Family Bowling
12. Paper Roll Necklace
13. Paper Roll Flutes
14.Superhero Cuff
15. Paper Roll Flowers

 

Egg Drop Science Project

science for kids with eggs

We’ve been having fun with recycled materials and a few days ago when I heard my son say ” I’m bored!” I replied with ” Want to throw some eggs off the porch? ” He’s 5 so of course he said yes! I told him there was one rule we had to make a escape pod and try to protect the egg from cracking. This is a classic egg drop science project but my bet is your kids have never seen it so go grab some eggs, and your recycle bin and experiment!

  1. Gather your materials. We rummaged through our recycle bin, my art closet and playroom. This is what we decided we might use. Immediately there was talk of a parachute. When I found a treat box it was quickly tagged as a possible parachute. egg toss We also used bubble wrap, an egg carton, some tape, cotton balls, party streamers and yarn. Use what you have that’s the whole idea, to use what you have to make something useful to protect the egg . egg toss craft for kids
  2. First he lined the carton ( that we cut in half) with cotton balls and bubble wrap and added strips of party streamers.egg toss craft for kids
  3. Then we poked holes in the treat box to make a parachute and threaded yarn through. egg toss craft
  4. Tied it on to the carton.egg toss craft for kids
  5. Added the egg. Closed it up and used a little tape too.egg toss
  6. Then we trekked out to the porch and …. wait wait first we made predictions. My son predicted it would be OK. I thought it would be smashed. Then he dropped it .egg toss craft
  7. It didn’t crack! egg toss
  8. ” Let’s do it ’til it cracks!”  OK!
  9. 2nd time it hit the flower box … as soon as it did my son said ” I bet that made it crack!” toss craft
  10. He was right.  I asked him to explain why it would make it crack but the ground wouldn’t. He explained it simply but logically. ” The parachute didn’t have time to help yet and it hit hard.”

This wasn’t a planned activity but it was a blast. It would be so fun in a class to keep throwing them until only one survives!