Crafts for kids using recyclable waste
In a world dominated by electronic gadgets and PlayStations, it can be hard to pique children’s interest in arts and crafts. Arts skills are great for improving motor skills in all age groups, and can have a range of other benefits, but if you want to encourage these interests in your kids, you don’t need to go out and buy new art materials because you may already have them. As we head towards the finest season of the year, crafts can be a great way to fill those long summer holidays.
To help you get started, we’ve selected some of our favourite recyclable craft ideas that are easy to make. At ReGen we recycle all different types of plastic and glass and we know how common these materials are in the home So, clear a space in your home and get ready to have some fun!
Under the sea soap dish
How common are plastic bottles in your blue bin? If you have children at home, plastic bottles are probably very easy to come by. Instead of disposing of them, why not make something practical and fun?
For a soap dish, you simply take one 2 litre bottle of water, scissors (or a knife operated by an adult) and some markers. Begin by drawing a wavy line around 10cm from the bottom of the bottle. Use blue and recreate the waves of the ocean. Then cut off the marked section leaving the base untouched. Use the markers to decorate the bottle, even some paint can work and then, you are done. The handy soap dish can even be made taller to store pens and pencils or even a mini piggy bank. For those seeking a challenge you can even make soap at home!
At ReGen Waste we try to make as little noise as possible by working at night and driving the most modern and silent trucks, but not today. We’ve found a great way of using waste to make music. All you need is some dried pasta or rice, masking tape plus an old plastic bottle. With these ‘waste’ materials your kids can make some traditional Mexican maracas!
Firstly dry out the bottle and put in some dried foods that will make a cool rattle when you shake them, then tighten the lid. Wrap the bottle in tape to disguise it and colour it with markers or paint in colours of your choosing. Use additional tape to give it the shape you wish and begin making some noise.
Our first example is very simple and works with all age groups. All you need is one jar and some paper to get you started. Whether you are travelling abroad this summer or holidaying at home, making a souvenir jar is a great way of remembering what you did in summer 2018!
To fill your souvenir jar, collect shells and rocks from the beach or tickets and pamphlets from places you visit. If you visit another country try collecting coins and or other small mementos. If you print any photographs or even get any from funfairs they can be added too. Once you’re at home get one piece of coloured for your former sauce or jam jar for your background. Lager items can be dropped in loose, possibly with some sand. Use a little bit of glue to stick shells and rocks to the paper and voila! You have a created a simple souvenir of your own!
While we don’t always give tips to make maracas and souvenirs, you may be interested in some of green news and updates on recycling, if so read more here.