Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
I don’t think its possible to be a hands on mom without saving anything and everything imaginable. Ever since I started doing crafts and activities with Henry, we’ve been hoarding recyclables. Henry actually has his own ‘recycling center’ now.
So, what is worth saving? What can be upcycled and put to good use for the kids?
I’ve come up with a list of 34 items to reuse that tend to be in your recycling bin. Try setting them aside before taking them out to be recycled.
What can this recyclable become? What can it be upcycled into?
A collection of 34 Recyclables to Upcycle just for the Kids.
Believe me though, its not just limited to these! I’m collecting more and more ways to upcycle your recyclables on Pinterest. Its never ending.
Jug Toss: Creative Connections for Kids
Big Bubbles: Projects for Preschoolers
Shrinky Dinks: Creative with Kids
Structures: Frugal Family Fun Blog
|Paper Towel Tube
Hot Glue Prints: Creative Jewish Mom
|Toilet Paper Tubes
Choo Choo Train: Homeschool Creations
|Plastic Bottle Caps
Stamps: A Little Learning for Two
Itsy Bitsy Spider: My Creative Family
Puzzles: Centers & Circle Time
|Baby Wipe Containers
Giant Flip Flops: Having Fun at Home
|Baby Food Jars
|Baby Food Containers
Homemade Blocks: The Nature of Grace
Tie Shoe Strings: Adventures at Home
|Upright Tissue Box
Fabric Scrap Toy: My Silly Little Life
Weaving: Play Create Explore
Fine Motor Activity: Merriment Design
[more: 30 Fine Motor Activities]
Magnet Play: Sense of Wonder
[more: 26 tin can ideas]
Marble Run: A Little Learning for Two
Sculpture with Water: Pink and Green Mama
Structures: Creativity My Passion
Flower Craft: Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Bus Craft: Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Lantern: Adventures at Home
Firefly Jar: Come Together Kids
DIY Sled: JDaniel4′s Mom
Counting with Cups: Teach Mama
|CD or DVD
Hovercraft: The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Guessing Game: Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Kite: Mama Smiles
Busy Baby Play
Sensory Tub: Counting Coconuts
And there’s so much to do with an assortment of recyclables.
- Inspiration Sounds Creativity Abounds: Play with Recyclables
- Inspiration Sounds Creativity Abounds: Junk Collage
- NurtureStore: Junk Model Marble Run
- NurtureStore: Junk Model Robot
- The Imagination Tree: Junk Box and Tubes Free Play
- and Tinkerlab has a lot of Creative Challenges that often use recycled items!
Don’t forget my Pinterest Board with more ways to upcycle your recyclables!