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13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclables

Reduce, reuse and recycle your trash into these fun kid-friendly crafts!

By Today's Parent staff

13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclables

13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclables

Make a Mini City

Save up your empty toilet paper rolls and once there’s enough, have your kiddies make a city out of them! Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts paper city with toilet paper rollsPhoto: Erik Putz

Make Rainbow Crayons

Wondering what to do with all those broken crayons? Melt them down into moulds to turn them into exciting multicoloured crayons in fun shapes! Get the instructions here

13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclables

Make an Emoji Magic 8 Ball

Use a small round jar to make an emoji magic-8 ball! Give it a nice shake and use the emoji legend to find out your future! Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts DIY emoji magic 8 ballPhoto: Jeff Carlson

Make a Pair of Paper Roll Binoculars

These binoculars are powered solely by your kids’ imaginations. Have your kids go on an epic safari right there in your living room. No need to worry if they ever rip or get sat on, it’s super easy to whip up a new pair. Get the instructions here

13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclablesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Make a foosball table

See that empty shoe box? With some wooden dowels, paint, and a handful of clothespins, it is now the home of your awesome DIY foosball table. Game on! Get the instructions here

homemade foosball tablePhoto: Carla Antonio and Michelle Turingan

Make a Wind Chime

Send the kids out to look for sticks while the weather is nice, and then when it cools down they can come inside and make a wind chime using old bottle caps. Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts, make your own wind chimePhoto: Tony Lanz

Make a desk caddy

Help your kids get their desks organized with these cute desk caddies! Made from a shoebox, toilet paper rolls and newspaper, your kid can design it however they want. Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts recyclable desk caddy

Make a Jetpack

Want to send your kids on an imaginary adventure in outer space? Have them make a jetpack out of empty pop bottles and watch them travel the galaxy. Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts make your own jet pack out of recyclablesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Make a Cardboard Race Car

Your kids will love pretending to drive around the house like a racecar driver. Watch them zoom around in their very own car! Get the instructions here

13 kid-friendly crafts using recyclablesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Make a Calming Jar

Help your kids cool down and relax with these easy-to-make calming jars. All you need is hand soap, water and a handful of shiny glitter and beads to help your kids find their inner peace. Get the instructions here

jar with pink liquid insidePhoto: Dillan Cools and Scott Simpson

Make a Cactus Bowling Set

Don’t know what to do with your green plastic bottles? Turn them into these cute cacti bowling pins for a round of bowling in the imaginary desert! Get the instructions here

kid friendly crafts fiesta bowling game recyclablePhoto: Tony Lanz

Make a Bird Feeder

Spark your child’s interest in animals by hanging up a homemade birdfeeder in the yard. Watch with them as birds come to nibble at the treats inside. Get the instructions here

kid-friendly crafts homemade bird feederPhoto: Tony Lanz. Illustrations: Alex Mathers

Make a Drum

Get your kids dancing around to the sound of this homemade drum. All you need is an empty coffee can and some creativity to make some awesome beats. Get the instructions here

kid friendly crafts DIY drumPhoto: Jodi Pudge

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This article was originally published on Mar 28, 2014
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