75 Recycled Art Projects For Kids

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

 

Color Sorting Goes Green

Table Top Recycling Center

Color Sorting Activity

Garbage and recycling and their respective trucks are big hits at our house, as is Duplo. So I mixed the two together for a fun color sorting activity that went on and on ! The simplest things are usually the best. Activities like this mix imaginative play, color recognition, and counting and will appeal to a wide range of ages. You can change up the theme to fit your child’s particular interests too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some craft paper ( or use the underside of wrapping paper) , markers, painters tape , and some multi colored blocks or toys to sort.Recycling Center Activity
  2. Tape your paper to a table, add a title! As kids get interested in spelling make sure you spell out loud when adding things like titles to crafts and activities.Recycling Center Activity
  3. Draw a conveyor belt – every sorting center needs one!Recycling Center Activity
  4. Draw bins for the recyclables ( each color). I asked my son what colors we needed, he looked in the bin of Duplo and as he called them out I drew the bins.Recycling Center Activity
  5. Start sorting!Recycling Center Activity
  6. Play, we grabbed a recycling truck for added oomph! Count how many blocks are in each bin , find out which bin has the most, which has the least … there is a lot of learning hidden in this game.Recycling Center
  7. We even came back after lunch  for some more fun!Recycling Center Activity

Books

I Am A Garbage Truck by Ace Landers is okay, the story is a little disjointed, when my husband read it to him for the first time he looked over at me in my son’s bed and said ” Am I reading this the right way? It seems like I should have started from the last page?” my son didn’t care, he loves the illustrations and the way the book is in the shape of a garbage truck. I like that it covers both garbage and recycling, and toddlers will love it!

day in the life of a garbage collector

A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector by Nate Leboutiller is presently my son’s favorite book.  Unlike the next book that focuses on the process of garbage collection and recycling this book focuses on the workers that make it all happen.  From what time they have to get up, the safety measures they take, clothes they wear and how they drive the trucks it covers it all. Perfect for kids like mine that are curbside waving at the garbage collector every week!

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!

Recycled Round Up !

Recycled Art !

We make art with recycled things all the time here at No Time For Flash Cards, I’d like to say it’s all out of concern for the environment but often it’s just because it’s what is available, we eat an insane amount of cereal and need to do something with all the boxes! Here are some of the crafts we have done using recycled materials. Click on the craft title to link to the original post with full how to instructions.

Recycled World!


Recycled UFO!


Recycled Bird Feeder!