How to make toys with recycled products

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How to make toys with recycled products
Teach your children how fun it can be to recycle. (Recycle image by sarkee from

Teaching your children how to reuse and recycle materials can be a valuable lesson for life. Encourage their creativity and watch their imaginations in action as children work to create new toys out of old materials. Save money from buying toys while helping to keep materials out of landfills. Making new toys out of recycled products is also a great way for you and your children to spend quality time together.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Paint/brush
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottle lids
  • Plastic container
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Magazines

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    Toy House

  1. 1

    Use a cardboard box as the foundation for the house. Cut out windows and doors.

  2. 2

    Decorate the house with paint, markers, crayons, pencils or stickers.

  3. 3

    Furnish your toy house. For example, a juice box can be made into a bed or couch. Lids to soda or water bottles can act as chairs or stools. A small plastic container can be a bathtub or pool.

  4. 4

    Embellish your house with scraps of fabric or bottle labels. These can be made into carpets, curtains and bedding.

  5. 5

    Cut out pictures from magazines. These can serve as decorative wall art or the picture on the television screen.

Tips and warnings

  • A shoebox can be converted into a garage. Toothpaste lids can be flower pots and the tubes can be sleeping bags. Photos of appliances can be cut out of magazines and glued into the kitchen. Cut up pieces of old clothing to use as fabric for your house.
  • Be sure to check any materials that you will be using for sharp or jagged edges or any broken pieces. Discard these resources promptly to avoid any injuries. Supervise children while using scissors.

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