Summer Crafts and Activities for Kids Using Recycled Materials


Now that school is out and summer is in, there’s a whole lot of extra time on your kids’ hands. And whether you’re a parent, camp counsellor, childcare worker, or Sunday school teacher, we think these crafts made from recycled materials will both encourage creativity and show the beauty of reinvention.
Check out the list below as compiled by KinderArt.com:

1. BEAN MOSAICS

What You’ll Need:
• Glue
• Pencil
• Paintbrush
• Carboard or cardstock
• Dry beans in different sizes and colors (kidney, black beans, peas, lentils, etc.)

What You’ll Need to Do:

1. Sketch a rough design on the cardboard or cardstock of your choosing. For this project, it is best to keep it simple.
2. Using the paintbrush, spread glue on a portion of your design. Please note, too much glue will make flimsy cardboard curl.
3. Press beans of different color, size, and shape into the portion with glue to bring your design to life!

 

2. BIRD FEEDER

What You’ll Need:
• Toilet paper or paper towel roll
• Paint
• Paintbrush
• Small paper plate
• String or yarn
• Glue
• Scissors
• Hole Punch

What You’ll Need to Do:
1. Paint the paper plate and toilet paper roll with a color or design, and embellish as desired.
2. Allow the roll and paper plate to dry, and punch three holes at the bottom of the roll, forming a triangle at the edge.
3. On the other end, punch two holes directly across from another.
4. Glue the roll down at the center of the plate with the two holes facing down.
5. Loop your yarn or string through each of the three holes at the top, fill with birdseed, and suspend!

 

3. CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS

What You’ll Need:
• Clothespins
• Buttons, google eyes, glitter, embellishments
• Hot glue gun
• Magnet strips
• Poster board
• Pencil
• Paint/Markers
• Scissors

What You’ll Need to Do:
1. Trace the first letter of your name on the poster board about 3 inches in height, and use your materials to embellish the letter to your desire.
2. Carefully cut out the letter from the poster board, careful not to leave any rough edges.
3. On the backside of your clothespin, adhere the magnetic strip using a hot glue gun, and let dry.
4. On the front side of your clothespin, glue on your cut-out letter, careful not to let hot glue run down the back.
5. Hang up on your fridge, and voila!

For more on summer recycling, contact the Cumberland County Improvement Authority at 856.825.3700.