Crafting with Recyclables: 10+ Eco-Friendly Projects for Kids

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Crafting with recyclables is an excellent way to encourage your kids to get creative while also teaching them about the importance of recycling and sustainability. With a little bit of imagination, everyday items like cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and egg cartons can be transformed into unique and beautiful works of art. We’ve put together a list of 10 eco-friendly craft projects that are not only fun and engaging but also great for the environment.

From creating a bug hotel out of a milk carton to making a robot out of old cans, these crafts are designed to inspire creativity and imagination. Not only will your kids have a blast creating these projects, but they’ll also be learning about the importance of reusing and recycling materials. It’s a win-win situation!

So, grab some glue, scissors, and your recyclables, and let’s get crafting! Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon or want to teach your kids about sustainability, these 10 eco-friendly craft projects are sure to be a hit with your family. Get ready to see your recyclables in a whole new light!


Crafting with Recyclables: 10 Eco-Friendly Projects for Kids

1. Cardboard Tube Flowers

Crafts are a great way to keep kids entertained this spring, and cardboard tube flowers are an excellent choice!

2. Cardboard Box Castle

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a cardboard box castle in the sky! Create this amazing craft the next time you get a cardboard box!

3. Cardboard Marble Run

There’s nothing better than a marble run. The next time you’re looking for a craft, try making a cardboard marble run for a fun challenge!

4. Cardboard Box Guitar

Channel your inner rocker this Black History Month with this Cardboard Guitar Craft inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s legacy on rock & roll.

5. Animal Planters

Looking for a fun and eco-friendly craft project for your kids? How about making some cute and colorful animal planters using pop bottles?

6. Tissue Box Monster Craft

Your little monster will love creating this little tissue box monster craft using a tissue box and a few fun craft supplies!

7. Recycled Material Robot Craft for Kids

This Robot Craft for Kids using recycled material is an fun craft to create anytime of the year. So easy and great for all kids.

8. Milk Carton School Bus Craft

Milk Carton School Bus Craft is an adorable craft back to school craft for your kids. Create a school bus using recycled materials!

9. Bee Hotel

By creating a bee house craft, you can help provide a safe and comfortable home for these important pollinators in your own backyard.

10. Bug Hotel Craft

A bug hotel is part garden craft and part winter home for insects! Create one today with this fun and easy bug hotel craft for kids!

11. Pull Puppy Craft

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

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There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

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Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

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Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

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Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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