Recycled Crafts Ideas to Try with Kids
As more businesses and households start to go green, there has never been a better time for parents to start teaching their children about the importance of recycling. Recycling is a fantastic way to have a positive impact on the environment as it conserves natural resources, saves energy and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
A great way to get the kids involved is to get them creating recycled crafts! This is a fun way to get creative with your kids, while also teaching them about the importance of recycling. There are lots of materials that work well when making recycled crafts including:
- Newspapers & magazines
Here are a few easy and fun recycled craft ideas to try with the children this weekend!
1) Melted Rainbow Crayons
Breathe some new life into your broken crayons with the DIY rainbow crayon craft! To make your own rainbow crayons, all you will need are some old crayons, a silicone mould and a bowl of water. Simply soak the crayons in a bowl of water overnight then break them into pieces and place in your silicone mould.
Cover the mould and place it in the microwave for 3 minutes – keep checking them until they are fully melted! Pop them in the fridge until they are solid, and you will have your very own rainbow crayons!
2) Cereal Box Monsters
Save your empty cereal boxes and create your very own group of fierce monsters! The options are endless when decorating your creatures, simply use different materials you can find around the house from paper and paint, to ribbons and faux fur. Why not use some other recycled materials you can find and create your very own monster city!
3) Recycled Water Bottle Hanging Planters
This craft is a fantastic way to incorporate recycling, gardening and art! As well as having the opportunity to create a recycled craft, your kids will also have the chance to care for their own plant. To create this planter, you will need:
- Dry plastic water bottles
- Craft paint
These hanging planters are easy to make, simply cut the plastic bottle 1/3 from the bottom and customise the bottle using paint and tape. Once it has dried, cut four holes halfway down the bottle for the yarn and secure the top of the yarn so you can hang your plant.
At Regen, we are passionate about ensuring that the next generation learn about the importance of recycling and help to protect the environment. Why not take a look at our children’s guide to recycling for some handy tips to help your little ones learn about recycling. For more recycling tips, make sure to follow ReGen Waste on Twitter.