When children are bored, there is nothing like contents of a recycling bin to quickly stir up some fun easy projects!
…Or some elaborate ones. It depends on how carried away you get.
Just today, my husband and son spent their evening, pretending that a cardboard box was first a chariot (with Dad as a horse), then a boat (Anselm drew the flag). That was simple! But then a few months ago, they spent several hours, turning a different cardboard box into a pretty detailed SOYUZ space capsule. My husband later admitted he went a little bit over the top on that one.
Anyway, the idea behind all the projects here is that you can make toys from junk. It will cost nothing and often teach kids some basics of engineering.
TOYS FROM FOOD CONTAINERS
Make a Castle from Recyclable Materials
Magnetic Alien Robots from Cans
Miniature Pies from Bottle Caps and Polymer Clay
Make a Bottle Rocket
Rocket Jet Pack from Bottles
Dump Truck Softie with Bottle Cap Wheels
Rainbow Sensory Bottles
Bottle Top Bird Puppet
Bottle Cap Rattle Snake
Treasure Magnets from Bottle Caps
Sorting Box from Lids and Cardboard Box
Ringer Game in a Bottle
TOYS FROM CARDBOARD & PAPER
Cardboard Doll House
Paper Plate Magnet Maze
Cardboard Pull Toys
Cardboard Marble Maze
Jigsaw Puzzle from a Book Dust Jacket
Puppet Theatre in a Cardboard Box
School House in a Box
Cardboard Box Dinosaur
TOYS FROM OLD FURNITURE
Play Kitchen from an Old Shelf
Mater the Tow Truck from an Old Lawn Chair
Swing from a Chair
Play House from Old Doors
Workbench from an Old Shelf
RECYCLABLE TOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Christmas Village from Cereal Boxes
Gingerbread House Village from Milk Cartons
Bottle Cap Rudolf
Bottle Caps Holly Wreath
Bottle Cap Ornaments
Bottle Cap Snowflake
Recycled Tin Lanterns
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