We live in a world where recycling has become totally normal and is part of our daily routine. It is particularly important to introduce recycling, and be an example, to the tiny humans. One way to do that, is by using things we have on hand – or would throw out.
We certainly don’t need to buy a lot of things to do a craft. Sure it’s lovely to get special papers, boxes, tubes, all sorts of glues, glitter and stickers. Sometimes we want to do a specific crafts, and that is perfectly fine. But I challenge you to go around the house and you will see there is a million things, you could use, to do all sorts of craft with children.
- we all have things delivered – amazon boxes are usually in a really good condition and they are all brown (just remove the sellotape) and you have a great brown carton to work with.
- toiler roll tubes and paper towel tubes
- cling film and aluminium foil tubes
- all sorts of small boxes (tea, crackers)
- newspaper (so good for protecting the table and doing paper mâché)
- egg containers
- some nice wrap paper saved
- napkins (also great for paper mâché)
- yogurt cups (there is all sorts and shapes out there!
- disposable cutlery and plates
- water bottles and their caps ( caps from fruit pouches are really good as they are all sorts of bright colours)
- empty cosmetic packaging
- vegetables packaging (square baskets from salads or peppers)
- from all sorts of food items (jam, yogurt, olives)
YOU CAN ALSO USE
- old fabric (pair of trousers that are ripped – cut the good parts out)
- old wood (if you have a wood shop near by, why don’t you stoop there and ask for some cut outs, they surely have a lot that they would maybe throw away otherwise)
- metal parts (not sharp though!), could be old coins, screws with flat ends
- funny shaped things you can get hands on
I have been very lucky, and sometimes I guess spoiled as well, as in all my Nanny positions I have had a lot of great materials bought, so I can do crafts with the kiddos. But as much as that is lovely, its also important to use what we have and not accumulate new things. That way we can help our lovely planet at least a little bit. The craft will not be any worse if it’s made from old material, and there is nothing that a little splash of colour and glue can’t fix! The only thing that matters, when we do crafts with kids, is what they learn along the way and that they have fun!
I will aim to do a recycled craft now and than with kiddos, so join me, tag me in your recycled crafts, message me on instagram or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to post all the crafts up here for everyone to see!
SHARING IS CARING!
The Lovely Nanny xx