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Recycling is a great way to help save our planet! And I’m not just talking about throwing stuff into that blue bin on the curb:) While reducing the amount of garbage we throw away is great, we can also recycle by repurposing old items like I did with these baby washcloths. Another great way to recycle is to use certain items for kids projects. My boys are always looking for items to use in school projects or arts & crafts. There are 10 recyclable items that I always save for my kids projects. I keep a basket in my pantry and store them for future use, instead of throwing them into the recycling bin. Saving some recyclables will make life a bit easier next time one of your children has a project to do.
10 Recyclable Items to Save for Kids Projects
Brown Paper Bags
Gallon Milk Jugs
Plastic Shopping Bags
2 Liter Bottles
Examples for Recycled Kids Projects
Now that you have saved all these items, I thought I would give you a few examples of how your kids can use them.
Every year one of my boys needs to make a Shoe Box Diorama for school, usually for a book report project. Whenever dad gets new shoes, I save the box for school projects. Dad’s feet are the biggest, so the boxes are too:) If you have never seen a shoe box diorama, here is the one my oldest son made for his book report on A Bear Named Trouble.
Last year my son had to do a state report for school. His project, for the report, was to make a float which could then be paraded around the school. The state he chose was Wyoming and he used a large cereal box to make the float. Here is a picture.
The web is full of great arts and crafts projects that need to use recyclable items. Here are some of my favorite kids crafts using recyclables:
-I love these TP Roll Snakes from Eighteen 25.
-How cute is this Milk Jug Igloo from The Pinterested Parent.
-Adorable Tin Can Wind Chimes from A Girl and A Glue Gun.
-Beautiful Egg Carton Flowers from I Heart Arts n Crafts.
-Teach-Me-Mommy has a cute Cardboard Roll Printing Craft Idea!
If you are looking for more recycling craft projects check out the books Recycled Craft Projects for Kids, Recycled Crafts Box and Funky Junk: Recycle Rubbish into Art! I found one of them at my local library but all three are available on Amazon.
With Earth Day this coming weekend, there are so many projects you can make with the kids using recyclable items. I’d love to hear about your project in the comments below!