Recycle and Play Awesome DIY Zero-Waste Projects to Make for Kids - 30+ Fun Learning Activities for Ages 3-6

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-01-04
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
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With Recycle and Play, learn how to turn items you already have around the house into fun, engaging, and enriching activities for young learners.

Playful learning at home doesn’t have to require expensive, specialized toys and resources. Each activity in Recycle and Play uses inexpensive materials like cardboard, paper tubes, plastic bottles, and egg cartons—materials that might even already be on their way to a landfill—and offers a clear, thoughtful invitation for hours of sensory play at home while reinforcing the importance of reducing waste to benefit the earth.

In this book, you’ll find tips on how to extend play and learning for each project as well as helpful hints to engage your kids to come up with fun additions and extensions of their own.

While each of the 50 projects includes clear step-by-step instructions and materials lists, you should feel free to adjust to your child’s interests and the materials you have on hand.

Featured learning skills include:
  • Fine motor skills
  • Color recognition
  • Sensory exploration
  • Pretend play
Play is a crucial part of a child’s cognitive development and is fantastic for sensory exploration, building creativity, and discovery about how things work!

Author Biography

Agnes Hsu is a California mom of 3 young ones. She is the founder of the colorful, creative website for kids,, and co-host of the popular Instagram @RecycleandPlay account where the best playful recycled learning ideas are shared. Like her kids, she loves anything rainbow and is a believer in being kind. You can often find her creating with her kids, helping her daughter with her kindness Rainbow Rock Project to raise money for charity, and in the kitchen working on her kids’ food site

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fantastic Food Boxes
Box Ball Maze
Cardboard TV
Pizza Box Bean Toss
Cereal Box Feeding Animal Game 
Food Box Hippo Game 

Chapter 2: Creative Cardboard Creations
Tracing Lines and Shapes 
Cardboard Shape Puzzle 
Rainbow Pot of Gold Maze
Early Math Pom Pom Game
Cardboard Emotion Faces 

Chapter 3: Playful Paper Tube Projects 
Paper Tube Caterpillar Threading
Car Garage and Ramps
Seal Ball and Cup Game  
Crazy Paper Hair Cuts 
Paper Tube Animal Stamping 

Chapter 4: Best Bubble Wrap Play 
Mess Free Painting 
Bubble Wrap Animals
Ice Cream Counting
Bubble Wrap Lion 
Clothespin Butterfly Math

Chapter 5: Captivating Cap and Lid Activities 
Lid Animals 
Busy Board Lid Screwing 
Animal Pom Pom Filled Lids 
Lid Alphabet Shape
Bottle Cap Maze

Chapter 6: Breathtaking Bottle Ideas
Pig Pom Pom Bottle Stuffing
Bottle Animal Colors
Aquarium Sensory Bottle 
Pom Pom Shooter Game
Bottle Animal Planters 

Chapter 7: Egg-Citing Egg Cartons Projects
Alligator Letter Feeding
Veggie Fruit Garden Color Sort 
Egg Carton Geoboard 
Sensory Construction Truck
Egg Carton Flower Threading 

Chapter 8: Marvelous Milk Cartons and Jugs
Milk Carton School Bus
Milk Carton Houses 
Milk Jug Toss 
Winding Bucket Carton 
Jug Hedgehog Animal Toss

Chapter 9: Sensational Sensory Bags
Sensory Bag Coloring Shape
Sensory Bag Maze 
Aquarium Dig
Letter Writing Bag 
Cardboard Shape Bag 

Chapter 10: Wonderful Wipe Lid Activities 
Sensory Board 
Wipe Lid Photo Houses 
Matching Flip Game
Wipe Lid Letter Learning
Wipe Lid Animal Feeding 


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