Toys You Can Make from Recyclables

It is no secret that we love to craft with recyclables — we consider them to be FREE art supplies! Making your own toys from recyclables is a great way to reinforce the concept of conservation, and introduce the kiddos to early eco-friendly habits. Here are some EASY projects to get you started!

If you can wrap a present, you can make these lightweight blocks. Be sure to cover them with clear packaging tape, and they will last for a long time! Try other versions with larger cereal boxes too. These were a big hit with Clara!!

Both of my kiddos had a great time with rhythm sticks, musical instruments, and even an entire homemade rhythm set — all of which were made from recyclables!

This sweet lil’ mushroom house is one of Emily’s favorites, and it was super-simple to make from an empty oatmeal canister. It has provided lots of imaginative play time fun!

Have fun!!


  1. I am always amazed with how you can turn trash into treasure. Thanks for this round-up.

  2. you can make many toys from trash…look here:

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  3. Love it! I have a bix cardboard box in my basement with the crafts supplies. I put any safe recyclables in it for my 5 year old daughter to choose from for her crafts. She loves finding new trash in there to ‘make stuff’ out of, and I love that she does it all on her own. We also have a couple books we bought at a library sale that feature lots of crafts she can figure out on her own. It makes her so proud to come upstairs with a present for me that she did all by herself.

  4. I love it when we can recycle, reuse, and repurpose. Thanks for sharing more ideas.

  5. As soon as I get it sorted out my plan is to have a recyclables box for the invention box you keep raving about…….

    Right now I’m trying to decide how I want to do my Rapunzel tower…… I’ve got ideas.


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