Kids love being creative and often we forget that we can recycle and re-purpose items we already own to create fun recycled crafts for kids. With a little creativity, you can create some unique and fun crafts together with your little ones. Here are 25 creative and unique crafts you can do with your kids using items you already have in your home.
I really want our kids to learn to recycle. On the website, Care to Recycle, I found some really great guidelines on how to teach them exactly what can and can not be recycled. I love this printable on Scholastic (you can print it here)
Care To Recycle®, a program of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., provides creative new ways for parents to reimagine their recycling habits beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom, while engaging their children. It aims to teach the importance of recycling personal care products in the bathroom. Instead of viewing recycling as a chore, let’s teach our kids to it will make life better and have a lasting impact.
It worked out that we were talking about recycling, because today Mickey and Ethan were shopping and they brought me home gorgeous purple flowers. Well, Allie wanted some for her room, but I didn’t want her to have a glass vase, so we made one from a Johnson & Johnson purple bottle (we made her a green one, too).
Just peel off the back label…
Write your child’s name on it…
And you are done! ♥
Did you know that a 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling? Pretty interesting! That is why I wanted to share these 25 ideas with you today!
1) Create a cute puzzle for your kids using craft sticks and old cards.
2) Something as simple as a gingerbread man mold can create fun with ice for kids to enjoy.
3) Use celery to create a beautiful flower painting.
4) How cute is this orange juice container turned into a bird feeder?!
5) Use a paper plate to make a cute wreath with your kids.
6) Broken crayons tend to constantly be in our home. What a great idea to turn these into a fun shaped crayon.
7) An old formula or coffee can is the perfect container to create a letter bucket for learning.
8) Coffee filters make the perfect tool to create some adorable butterflies.
9) Tin cans make the perfect bug for kids to create.
10) Toilet paper rolls can create so many things- one is an octopus. Perfect craft for an ocean themed week.
11) Have fun making an airplane using a toilet paper roll.
12) Use straws to create fun firework pictures.
13) An old egg carton makes the perfect ant for a little one to play with.
14) Use a milk jug to make a fun Easter bunny.
15) Make your own blocks using old baby food containers.
16) An oatmeal container and straws are perfect for creating a fine motor activity.
17) Reuse boxes to create a fun fort for little ones.
18) Painted newspaper hearts are so beautiful and perfect for the month of February.
19) Use plastic lids to make cute bug creations.
20) Use old jars or baby food jars to create glowing faux stained glass candle jars.
21) This milk jug craft caddy is such a cute way to re-use. Use spoons to make a beautiful vase, too!
22) These recycled cardboard swords would be a huge hit in our home.
23) Use a toilet paper tube to make a heart shaped stamp.
24) Make an earth out of a coffee filter.
25) Throw everything in a container and let your kids make whatever they want!
I suggest having multiple recycling bins. We have them in our bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.
The largest obstacle when it comes to recycling personal care products in the bathroom is a lack of tools and resources; only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.
You can teach your kids the top 10 things to recycle with this list. You can learn more about the importance of recycling personal care products used in your bathroom and its many benefits for your household with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Care To Recycle®
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