Recycling Projects

These projects are an opportunity for you and a child to make something fun out of something that would be thrown away. Use these opportunities to teach the child that some items can be used more than once.

It’s a great way for children to learn to be creative!

Pretend Binoculars


Items Needed:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn


  1. Paint toilet paper rolls using different colors to create a design; let dry thoroughly.
  2. Lay toilet paper rolls side by side and apply glue where they touch each other. Hold together to make sure glue has dried.
  3. Select the top of the tubes. With hole punch, make a hole in each tube on the top outside; put end of yarn through each hole and tie a knot on each end so it will not pull through hole.
  4. Yarn forms a “necklace” so child can wear the binoculars around the neck.

Roll Over Treasures

Items Needed:DSC_0691

  • Two or more empty plastic liter bottles
  • Scrap items to decorate the bottles
  • Glue
  • Tennis ball


  1. Clean and dry bottles.
  2. Have a “home treasure hunt” to find scrap items such as buttons, glitter, artificial flowers, garland, etc.
  3. Decorate bottles by gluing scrap items on them to make them look shiny and special.
  4. Let the bottles dry completely.
  5. Play “indoor bowling by setting up the bottles and rolling the tennis ball toward them to knock them over.

Make A Boat

Items Needed:

  • Egg carton lid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Straw
  • Bright paper
  • Hole punch
  • Modeling clay or plasticine


  1. Cover carton lid with foil.
  2. Cut paper in shape of a sail (a right triangle with the left side straight and the right side slanted).
  3. Use the hole punch, make two holes in paper 1 inch from top and bottom.
  4. Thread the straw through the holes to make the sail for the boat.
  5. Place a small amount of clay in the middle of the boat.
  6. Insert straw into clay so that it will stand upright.
  7. Now go ahead and float the boat!