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Re-use Your Recycling for Creative Ways to Play

by FAMILY talk

An empty milk carton into a piggy bank and an egg box into a monster!

Get some inspiration from these great kids activities using only recyclable materials. Both Educational and fun!

We have teamed up with children’s cough brand Tixylix, to offer some inspiration on creative ways to reuse everyday recyclable items.

Organise a Scavenger Hunt

If you save up all of your recyclables for the weekly bin run, a great game to play is the recycling scavenger hunt.

Make a list of all the items that the players have to find, hide them around the house and the person to find the most items wins.

If you only have one child, you could set a time limit to find all of the items hidden.

Your kids will not only love venturing around the house for hidden treasure but will also start to learn about which items can be recycled.

Homemade Jigsaws

Save up all of your boxes and create a homemade jigsaw.

Taking a cereal box as an example, simply cut off the front of the box, then cut that piece into how many jigsaw shapes you think it’s appropriate depending on your child’s age.

If you have older children, you could even let them practice their scissor skills.

Getting Creative with Aluminum Cans

Whether it be a pencil pot, a flower vase or a makeup brush holder, aluminum cans are the perfect tool for getting creative.

Grab some sequins, beads, dried flowers, buttons, etc., along with some glue and let your little one design you a beautiful trinket for your dresser – a nice addition for any mothers or father’s day presents too!

Repurpose Your Milk Cartons

If your milk comes in a carton, flipping it onto its side and cutting the top open creates the perfect shape for a sailing boat.

Decorate the sides with any arts and crafts you have lying around, and use a pencil paired with an old piece of fabric as the sail.

If your milk comes in a plastic carton, paint the whole thing pink, add some buttons for eyes, and cut out two pink triangles for some eyes and you have yourself your very own piggy bank!

Imagine a Monster

Egg cartons are perfect for making little monsters.

Your little one can paint the outside any colour they like, then stick on a pair of googly eyes and knitting wool for hair and there you have it – your child now has a brand new pet.

Alternatively, if your child is too scared of monsters, opening up and cutting strips of the carton will create a perfect body for a caterpillar.

Simply add some pipe cleaners for their antlers and draw a pair of eyes at the front.

Build a Fort or Playhouse

Save your larger boxes to create a fairy-tale castle, or a secret kids club set with a cosy pillow and duvet inside.

You could even spend the afternoon sticking colourful tape or stickers to the inside to let your little one’s creativity shine.

Devise a Tunnel Race

This game is perfect for any competitive siblings!

Clear the floor and create your very own obstacle course, built with a cardboard tunnel.

For any younger children who are beginning to crawl, take a few cardboard boxes and tape them together to create a sensory tunnel, decorated with shiny colours and textures to explore.

Become a Robot

Need a last minute fancy dress idea? Or just looking to make your kid’s dream of being a robot a reality?

Creating a robot costume out of a few cardboard boxes is easy and fun! If you’re looking for a little extra flair, grab some tin foil for that metallic look and feel.

Create Playing Cards

This activity is great for any little ones learning their numbers. Cut out equal squares and create your very own supersized deck of cards. Don’t feel restricted to numbers either – you could create Noah’s arc of animals, perfect for a game of animal snap.

Stage an At-home Carnival

Place your cardboard box on the floor, upside down, and cut four holes into one side of it. Label each hole a value (i.e. 50 points for the big one, 100 points for the smaller one). Grab a couple of small balls/bean bags and there you have it! Your very own at home carnival game.

Wow! That’s a great list of activities to keep the kids entertained. Get busy little ones! Have fun!

Tixylix products are stocked in Superdrug and independent pharmacies. Visit to see more fun, creative activities for you to try with your little ones at home!

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