Kids' crafts can be made out of almost anything you can find, whether it's old newspaper, empty boxes or even soda bottles. Reusing these common trash items is a good way to not only have fun with your kids, but also teach a simple lesson in recycling. The next time you are about to toss out an empty soda bottle, stop. Set it aside for a day of crafting fun with your kids.
Soda Bottle Terrarium
Amanda Formaro of craft website Kaboose.com recommends turning an empty bottle into a terrarium for bugs, worms and small plants. Adults can cut open a bottle to allow kids to fill it with a little dirt or potting soil and a few seeds. From there, kids can grow plants in the bottom of an empty bottle. They can catch bugs and worms to add to the terrarium for a truly living adventure. Kids can watch the bugs and worms as they go about their day or add a few caterpillars to watch them change into butterflies. This is a simple craft that kids of all ages can make and enjoy.
Soda Bottle Windsock
Crayola suggests that older kids may get a kick out of making a soda bottle windsock. They can cut off the bottom of a clean, empty bottle and decorate the top half with paper, ribbon, beads, or whatever else they want. Kids can then punch holes along the bottom edge and hang ribbons, paper or strings from it for added decoration. Kids could string beads or small metal pieces from the holes to create a recycled wind chime effect. A soda bottle windsock can be hung up outside to catch the wind or hung in their bedroom for a fun decoration.
Soda Bottle Piggy Bank
Martha Stewart shows how younger kids can make their very own piggy bank from an empty soda bottle. Glue decorative paper to the bottle for the pig body and use the lid for a snout. The adults can cut a small slit in the top using a craft knife or just use the snout to get money in and out. Creative parents could help kids make a variety of animal banks from soda bottles using paper and decorations. Use cardboard and paper to make animal ears, a tail, and legs to give the soda bottle animals a complete look. Make several animals to create a soda bottle zoo or farm to display or play with.
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