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We love using recyclables in crafts and making fine motor skills toys out of it. We’re lucky to have a storeroom dedicated to recyclables and our crafts supplies and when I walk in there,(usually), the inspiration strikes!
Here are a few easy-to-make toys using recyclables. (it took me under an hour to make these, and hours of playtime still ahead). The cousins came over and we had a table set up with these toys, where they rotate between the activities.
Here are the details:
This is an empty coffee container and pipe cleaners. I made holes in the lid and it’s good to play with. One can always let the kids decorate the tin;)
This is polistirene trays in which fruit or meat are packaged. I made a picture with the holes and they have to thread the wool through using a wool needle. (Lella had difficulty with this, still a bit young.)
This I actually made for baby, he loves pulling stuff. I used a cream container(one could use a toilet paper roll as well), made holes in, and thread the ribbon through, tied the ends so it would not slip out. I only used 4 ribbons, but one can use more. It is a bit tricky to get the ribbon through the one hole and out the other, I used a wool needle for that.
This tissue box we used as is, it is so pretty, and already have the ” posting” hole. We used lids of purity jars to post.
This is a few lids on a rope. Move it up and down the rope while counting or shake it to make a sound.
I simply made holes in the lids, and pulled the rope through.