I’m thrilled to be teaming up with All Thing Kids this month for our series on using recycled materials for play. We’re sharing a round-up of our most creative recycled crafts and activities for kids. For even more fun activities, check out All Things Kids Pinterest Board.
Recycling materials for crafts and activities is a great way to conserve and reuse for play projects. It was a hard choice, but our #1 go-to recycled material is Baby O’s containers. They’re perfect for caves, tunnels, bridges, slides, ramps, vases, and more. We’ve cut, glued, painted, connected, and even paper mached them for projects. Toilet paper and egg cartons are strong contenders too.
Toilet Paper Roll Crafts & Activities
Our super cute alligator box uses recycled tissue boxes, egg cartons, take-out box, and toilet paper tubes.
Create a high-octane monster truck racetrack from cardboard, foil, and toilet paper tubes for messy painting fun!
Does your little one love dinosaurs and caves? Our kid-made paper mache cave and tunnels uses baby O’s containers, recycled brown packing paper, coffee cans, and jars.
This a really inexpensive way to create mini slides and ice circles for sensory and small world play. With just a few steps and baby O’s containers, you can create reusable mini slides too.
Brrr! Create an Arctic small world made entirely from recycled materials including wipes container, baby O’s containers, large juice bottle top and bottom, and caps.
Our monster truck sensory bin uses recycled dirt, egg cartons, cardboard ramps, and baby O’s containers. This easy to set-up sensory bin is great for dirt play and revs-up your child’s imagination on a budget!
Cereal Box & Paper Recycled Craft & Activities
It’s a sunny day on the farm! Our recycled barn craft and small world uses cereal boxes, old popsicle sticks, cardboard, toilet paper tubes, and paper towel tubes.
Don’t throw out those used brown lunch bags just yet. Instead, recycle them into a beautiful brown paper bag tree crafts for kids.
Save your old paper and recycle it into a shredded paper sensory bin. Playing with paper is a great sensory play experience for kids. We used baby O’s containers for tunnels too.
Creating an egg carton caterpillar is an easy and fun recycled craft for kids for story time.
DIY teepee uses recycled sticks, fabric, twine, and cardboard. Nothing beats an easy-to-make homemade drum from recycled coffee cans and twine.
Create a saber-toothed squirrel from recycled pine cones, twig, branches, and pine leaves. They make great holiday gifts too.
Create an adorable royal penguin with recycled pine cones.
Put those old carpet samples to good use—explore process art and create a textured sensory board for play.
Create your own fireman air tank for dress-up play using recycled plastic bottles, tubing, cardboard, and old bag straps and clips.
Magnetic Attraction Painting (guest post at Blog Me Mom)
Create beautiful recycled metal art using wrenches, nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and old yarn.
Recycled those old crayon stubs into beautiful dinosaur art.
Playing with recycled materials is a great way to create meaningful play experiences for kids on a budget.
To keep up with all the fun, there’s an All Things Kids series tab at the top of our main blog page with links to all our series activities throughout the year.
Be sure to check out All Things Kids bloggers recycled posts:
Recycled Crafts & Activities for Kids—Mamas Like Me
Toilet Paper Rolls Easter Eggs Prints—House of Burke