Encourage Kids to Be Green: 10 Recycled Art Projects for Kids

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Here are 10 recycled art projects for kids to create! A great way to encourage them to reuse what they already have and give them a taste of being green.

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Here are 10 recycled art projects for kids to create! A great way to encourage them to reuse what they already have and give them a taste of being green.

I am so excited to bring you simple ideas, that are free and don’t take up any extra time to be green.

And even more specifically, I want to provide ways to encourage our kids to be green.

What better way than to upcycle what you’re already recycling and get creative with it?

Here are 10 recycled art projects for kids that reuse what you’re already recycling.

Toilet paper rolls: Recycled toilet paper tubes are great for art projects! An easy one for toddlers is to stamp hearts using the toilet paper tubes.

Bubble Wrap: Recycle any and all packaging you receive! Bubble wrap is lots of fun and you can use it to make bubble wrap prints. We’ve used it for a leaf collage as well as shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day! But the possibilities are endless! A bubble wrap printed rainbow seems like it would be awesome!

Wrapping Paper: Again, recycled packaging works great for art projects! Turn the brown paper that you get in some packages into wrapping paper. It also makes a great canvas for kids to create on as well!

Cans: Save those tin cans! Paint them, make them pretty and turn them into homemade wind chimes!

Toothbrushes: Reuse old toothbrushes. Not just for cleaning gunk out of hard to reach places, but save them for art projects for the kids! They make great splatter paintings! A not-as-messy-as-Jackson-Pollock-style art!

Plastic Bottles: Dig out recycled bottles to make prints using the bottom of them. They work great to make flowers, or even snowflakes. I bet some fun dot to dots could be made too.

Bottle Caps: Save the bottle caps too! They work great in art projects for kids! Use them to add embellishments like these flowers in pots from Pitter-Patter.

Broken Crayons: Recycle broken crayons into new crayons. Or find other ways to reuse broken crayons instead of throwing them out.

Egg Cartons: Recycled egg cartons also work great for many hands on projects! Like this egg carton flowers by Toddler Approved!

Recycled art projects for kids can be so fun and easy!

A great way to get one extra use out of the items you already have ready to recycle!

What recycled materials should you save for activities, crafts and art projects for kids? Check out our list of 34 recycled materials to save, plus what to do with them.

Click here for tips to keep messy play clean.

Tell us your ideas for green art projects!

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