Plastic Bottle Recycling Tips for Kids
Need some ideas for recycling those plastic bottles at home? It’s always a good idea to recycle them in your kerbside bins but even better if you can find a new use for them at home and reuse them again. Here are some plastic bottle recycling tips for kids if you need a bit of inspiration for what to do with all those empty ones lying around.
Arts and crafts projects
There’s no limit to how you can recycle plastic bottles as arts and crafts projects for your kids. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Use empty milk cartons to hold pens, pencils and felt tips, to make playtime a bit more fun (and organised!) Alternatively, you can use a soda bottle with the top cut off. Decorate with paints, stickers, felt or anything you like to make it colourful and personalised.
- Ever thought of making a plastic bottle piggy bank? With an empty plastic bottle and a few spare caps, you can save money and save the environment. Just take a look at this cute example for some inspiration.
- Get a head start on Halloween costumes (it’s never too early to start thinking about dress up clothes and accessories!) and we love this idea of using two empty bottles to make a jet pack for any budding spacemen or women this year.
Garden and outdoors
Plastic bottles are great for repurposing around the garden too. Have you tried any of these ideas yet?
- Bird feeders made from empty drinks bottles are easy to make and take no time at all to refill. As we move into the autumn this is a great time of year to remember to feed the birds and squirrels.
- Make watering cans from empty milk bottles. Simply punch a few holes into the lid and use it to water any plants or flowers around the garden.
- You can also make a mini-greenhouse out of the bottom half of a plastic bottle – simply cut the top off and turn it upside down to help keep windowsill plants healthy and growing over the winter months.
Plastic bottle games
- Fill your plastic bottles with glow sticks and turn out the lights to make a fun glow in the dark bowling game using empty water bottles as your pins. You can also paint them anyway you like to play in the daylight too.
- Games aren’t just for kids – this creative use of empty plastic bottles has made a dog treat game for keeping your pets active and entertained. Find easy instructions to make your own using some plastic bottles and a few scrap pieces of wood here.