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I’ve been collecting tonnes of materials at home to reuse, but need some ideas! Some materials we have are milk bottles, egg cartons, nappy boxes, toilet paper tubes, sauce bottles, the open/close snaps on wet wipes bags.
I’ve looked though the craft section and found some fun ideas, but looking for more inspiration to entertain my 3.5 year old.

Posted by mom478886, 19th July 2021

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  • One of my kids favourite things to make are bugs out of egg cartons. They like to cut them up either 3 or 4 long to make catepillars or single egg cup sections to make other smaller bugs. Add some paint, googly eyes and pipe cleaners for the legs and the creepy possibilities are endless

  • My 3 and 5yo loves just build big construction and rock them down…

  • Just store it all in a box and let your kids go for it. Left to their own devices, they can be very creative

  • Letterbox and post pretend letters
    Grow watercress in egg carton or any seeds
    Snowmen or christmas angels with cardboard tubes
    Dolly beds with bigger boxes or car garages
    Musical shakers with bottles.
    Check out your local library if one close by and take a look at the craft activity books in the kids section which often have some ideas also.

  • I just say something like “make a space ship” and let the kids go with the recycling. A general idea keeps them busy for ages.

  • Our latest fun activity is painting pebbles with bright acrylic paints & planting them around the neighbourhood for others to enjoy also.

  • Just put it all out in front of your child and let them go for it. Add paint, sticky tape, glue, kids scissors and let them do the creating

  • Make houses, people, cars, robots, animals.
    Cardboard rolls you can make binoculars

  • See what she wants to do. See what their creativity involves. I always during craft time, help with sticky tape, and sometime general direction. but I love seeing what they make it. Both my kids differ creatively, but I love seeing how their minds work and what they come up with!

  • My son loves making cars and trucks out of boxes.

  • With Christmas coming toilet roles are great to use for making bon bons. Also you can make some cute camel decorations using 2 egg carton sections as the humps, cutting out a cardboard head and using paddle pop sticks for legs (you will need a hot glue gun). For a tail, a piece of string or wool. Then you can paint them. Also egg cartons are great for raising seedlings from seeds. We also collect boxes for “box days” – the kids can get creative and see whatever they can make with boxes, like a car, robot, train, all sorts of things!

  • The possibilities are endless. What fun! Maybe ask your child for ideas of what they would like to make. Another way to source ideas is to read a book and then make something from the book. It may be a castle, an elephant, a car whichever things that are sparked in your child’s imagination. Enjoy playing.

  • If you give your toddler toddler milk then you can make some drums for a musical instrument.
    Milk bottles you can make those sensory jars which you fill with oil, glitter, rice etc.
    Nappy boxes you can make different scenes, for example like a underwater scene – you can get your toddler to paint it blue inside and then cut out fish shapes and glue them onto string that can hang from the top. Find some shells and stick them down.

  • I just seen on here a fairy house with fairies made out of recycled materials it was super cool check out the paper craft section.

  • I’ve made jigsaw puzzles with the grandkids help in the past using a thick cardboard & pictures of their choice glued on before cutting them out.

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