Rather than opting for new toys and gadgets all the time, teach your kids the importance of recycling and reusing old products. There is no dearth of creative ideas to transform old, unused boxes, juice cartons, cereal boxes, milk jugs and even newspapers into useful household items. Wondering where to start? Well, here are some ideas for inspiration.
The Plastic Bottle Piggy Bank
Instead of throwing away those old plastic bottles, you can transform them in to small piggy banks for your kid’s hard-earned pennies. While a gallon-sized water bottle would do best, you can make do with any plastic bottle. Get your hands on some paper mache paste and with the help of old newspaper strips, cover the bottle completely. Wait for it to dry and paint it in attractive colors with eco-friendly colors. Create a small slit on the side of the bottle and hey presto; your homemade piggy bank is ready.
The Juice Carton Supply Organizer
You can transform an old, used juice carton into an organizer for school supplies and other accessories. Simply cut out small holes and sections in a carton (make sure you clean the box properly beforehand) using a craft knife and stick in the supplies at the appropriate places. Look at this OJ carton supply box for a better idea.
The Cardboard Puppet Box
If you have a large, unused cardboard lying around the house, consider turning it into a makeshift stage for your kid’s puppet theater. Get hold of some white paper, glue, scissors, markets, crayons, packing tape and some fabric scraps and you are ready to go. Cut an opening on one side of the box. Design a set on the white paper and tape it to the back of the box so that is shows through the opening. Decorate the rest of the box using the colors, markers and fabric scraps. Your puppet theater is now ready for its first play.
The Cereal Box Marble Run Game
Now that is a new one. You would need an empty cereal box for this project. Cut open one side of the box. Now cut strips from the part that you cut out (the part that you do not need) and paste these strips inside the box to create a marble run game that your kids can play for hours on end.
The Toy Scoop Plastic Milk Jug
This Milk Jug may need some extra work, but is well worth the effort. Clean an empty milk jug and cut it open halfway (retain the handle). Decorate the jug with markers and voila, you have a wonderful toy scoop with which your kids can pick up their LEGOs, bricks, small toys or even sand at the beach.
Teach your kids the value of recycling and reusing by creating attractive products with old, unused household items. These ideas would surely inspire you and your children to look around for ways to incorporate these used items in your house again.