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Crafts from recyclables. Just click on picture below.

Aluminum foil-- use for

  • For embosing
  • Painting with
  • Painting on (interesting results)
  • For pretend water/mirror
  • Personal work space (to keep table clean)

Buckles-- use for

  • Practice  

Confetti-- use for

  • Save the dots from hole punches
  • Fabric/ Plastic etc.. dots in science bottles 
  • Art area

Magazines-- use for

  • making masks (use different photos for eyes, mouth, etc..)
  • rebus recipes 
  • Art area
  • Wish lists

Paper bags-- use for

  • Homemade leather (coming soon to activities) 
  • Collection containers
  • Treasure maps

Seeds-- use for

  • Bird feed
  • Art area
  • Dry out and then plant
  • Dry sensory table 
Egg Shells use for--
  • color eggs (even if it is not Easter)
  • Use for mosiacs

Cardboard box  Use for---
  • Cars (just add wheels and a steering wheel)
  • Building blocks

For large appliance box---

  • Turn into a puppet stage.
  • Corner grocery or lemonade stand.
  • Build a tunnel using all kinds of sizes.

Newspapers--- use for:
  • Paper mache`
Tiolet roll tubes-- use for:
  • Tunnels for cars 
  • Bases to hold eggs
  • cars
  • Branches for tree

Bottles ( all kinds and sizes) -- use for:

  • NEW! Make animals /i.e. pig, dog, horse(*see activity page)
  • Science bottles
  • Mystery Jars
  • Bird houses
  • Rain catchers

Milk jug caps-- use for:

  • college materials
  • for wheels on cars
  • stamps
  • buttons
  • math counters

Pie tins-- use for

  • marbel painting
  • steering wheels
  • wheels

Wrapping paper tubes-- use for:

  • arms on a robot
  • tree branches
  • rain sticks
  • walking sticks
  • building


  • Use for marble maze (*directions coming soon on activity page)

Record player Use for--


  •  Spin art

Computer mouse use for--
  • Turn into a mouse
  • Turn into a whale
  • Paint and use for a Paper weight

Pocket shoe organizer  Use for--
  • Holding small craft items (* place a sample on the outside of each pocket)
  • Hold mittens and hats by the door labeled with each childs name.
  • Classroom mail for teachers or families even in the writing center for children's  post office mail.
  • Children's name tags

Wooden beads/ blocks/ scraps-- use for
  • Wood working
  • Art area
  • Counting
  • Construction
  • Beads for stringing

Popsicle sticks-- use for

  • Art area
  • Wood working
  • Cooking
  • Counting
  • Construction (great for roofs)

Socks-- use for

  • Puppets
  • Bean bags
  • Dolls
  • Dramatic play (casts for doctor play) 
  • Dust socks

Sponges (all kinds)-- use for

  • Painting
  • Sensory table
  • Dramatic play
  • Seed base (instead of peat moss)

** Use the sponge wands (for glasses) to stamp with, they come in many different shapes.


** For the wands that have the hollow handle(normally for dish soap) fill with paint.

CDs (used or damaged)-- use for
  • Spinners ( find it on activity page)
  • Sun catchers
  • Bird reflector(hang in cage)
  • Wheels for cars etc..(see activity page)


Paper use for--
  • Shreded paper to make homemade paper
  • Stuffing
  • Sensory table

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