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5 every day recycled craft supplies

Crafting can become an expensive activity, especially with the amount of paint, glue, glitter and even paper preschoolers love to use. Instead of always buying new supplies for projects, look around the house and you’ll find loads of crafting fun right in your own home. Recycle containers, cardboard and other items to reuse as in your crafting projects and other fun preschool activities.

Recycled items for crafting

Here are 5 suggestions for every day items you can recycle to use with your preschool craft projects.

  1. Cardboard tubes – toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and even the cardboard tubes inside your tinfoil boxes are great basics for craft projects.
  2. Plastic lids – we use plastic lids as paint trays all the time. They wash off super easy and with the variety of sizes can accomodate any painting project pallet.
  3. Bottles and tubs – Recycle your plastic bottles, tubs and boxes to use as organizational containers, sorting activity holders and a whole slew of other preschool activities.
  4. Egg cartons – great for sorting projects with their individual spaces to place various objects. Egg cartons are also wonderful for collecting like items and storing nicely.
  5. Cereal boxes and cereal bags – we use the cardboard from cereal boxes in a number of projects they require a stiffer foundation than standard paper. Cut open cereal bags to use as painting or play dough mats.

Next time you are looking for a fun project idea, try pulling out a few recycled items, scissors, glue and some paint… watch what happens when your preschooler lets their imagination go!


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Jen Goode is the creator and owner of ProjectsforPreschoolers.com. She is a work-at-home mom of 3 and the owner and “doodler in charge” of JGoode Designs, a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996. Jen, shares her creative inspirations here at Projects for Preschoolers as well as 100 Directions and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Connect: FB Twitter Pinterest +Jen Goode
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One Response to “5 every day recycled craft supplies”

  1. Wee Kids says:

    I love your website, and my kids have received many complements on the crafts we have made. Many of the crafts are toddler age appropriate and the skills only reinforce their confidence.

    Thank you very much!!

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