Fun recycled craft activities for children

  • Date: 22 November 2017
  • Category: General
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Children love to be creative and use their imaginations. Making art together can be a fun family activity and a learning opportunity too. Craft activities don’t need to be expensive, complicated or wasteful. We’ve put together a list of activities you can do this weekend with your child and you don’t have to look further than your recycle bin for materials!

Toilet Roll People

What you need:

  • Cardboard toilet rolls
  • Buttons, beads or googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners or sticks
  • Textas
  • Wool or string
  • Scissors or a skewer

What to do:

  1. Poke holes using the scissors or skewer in the side of each roll so that you can push the pipe cleaners or sticks through as arms.
  2. Glue beads or buttons on to the top of the rolls for eyes, and glue wool or string above it for hair.
  3. Use the textas to decorate your toilet roll people however you would like.

Silly Monsters

Tin Can Phone

What you need:

  • Two empty, clean tin cans with the tops cut off
  • Duct tape
  • String, up to 3 metres
  • A nail and hammer
  • Glitter, paint, markers, stickers or anything else you have lying around for decorations

What to do:

  1. If the can opener left rough edges, tape over them so they’re not sharp.
  2. Use the hammer to make a hole in the top of one can with the nail. Pull the nail out and make a hole in the other.
  3. Thread the string through and tie a knot inside each can, so that they are connected by the string.
  4. Let your child decorate their ‘phone’ however they want!
  5. Give one can to your child, and hold one yourself. Walk apart and pull the strings tight. Take turns talking into one while the other person puts the can up to their ear. You can explain how sound waves work, sending the sound down the string into the other can, like a phone.

Sock Puppets

What you need:

  • Old socks
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons or googly eye beads
  • Coloured wool, feathers, pipe cleaners or anything else that can be used as hair.

What to do:

  1. Using the needle and thread, carefully sew on buttons in the place of eyes, or glue the googly eye beads on to the toe part of the sock.
  2. Sew on the wool or feathers behind the eyes in place of hair.
  3. Put your hand into the puppet and make a mouth using your fingers on one side and thumb on the other.
  4. Have fun making up stories for your puppets!

Sock Puppets!

CD Suncatchers

What you need:

  • Old CDs
  • Fishing line or string
  • Glue
  • Jewels, gems, pieces of shiny paper, glitter, foil or anything shiny

What to do:

  1. Start gluing shiny things onto the metallic side of the CD. This can look however you would like, go wild with it. Let the glue dry on your CDs.
  2. Now put pairs of CDs back to back, so that the label side is hidden and the shiny sides face outwards. Tie a piece of fishing line through the hole and around both CDs so that they are held together, and leave a long piece to hang the suncatcher up with.
  3. Hang your CD suncatchers outside or in the window so that they catch the sunlight.

Egg Carton Bugs

What you need:

  • Egg cartons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Buttons or beads

What to do:

  1. Tear the lid off the egg carton, and keep the bottom. Turn it upside down, so that the bumpy side is facing upwards.
  2. Tape the pipe cleaners on to make the legs of the bug, and twist some into a V shape to tape onto the front as antennas.
  3. Use the glue to stick some beads or buttons onto the bug as eyes, then have fun crawling them around the house!

Eve's bug

These are just some ideas to get you started on your crafting journey. Use whatever materials you have lying around your house and have fun being creative in the most low-cost way possible. You never know what treasures you might be about to throw out.

Photo credits: Toilet roll people: Emma Craig, sock puppet: Jodimichelle, egg carton bug: Sarah Joy