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Recycling Activities for Kids

Creating with Items from
the Recycling Bin

Here you will find ideas on how to make useful and lasting items for kids with recycling materials.

With Recycling Activities, instead of going out to buy certain items, kids will learn touse their imagination and create these items with material found in the recycling bin.

Recycling Activities for Kids

Banks for Kids

Empty plastic jars (such as peanut butter jars)
Strips of colored tissue paper,
Clear wide packaging tape

Have the kids glue strips of tissue paper around the jar.
Let it dry.
Wrap wide clear tape around it.
Make a slot in the lid for coins.

Tip: make one jar of each denomination so they can learn about money!

Book Markers for Kids

The pull out rectangular strip from the top of a box of tissues(you need the rectangular ones and not the oval ones), white construction paper remnants, wide transparent tape,hole puncher and a short colorful cord.

Cover the book marker with construction paper.
Let the kids color it as they wish. Cover with wide transparent tape for durability or you can laminate it. Punch a hole at the top, and insert the cord.

Tip:Kids can make a book marker for every book series they own. It is also a great gift idea kids can make!

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Recycling Activities Songs and Rhymes

Recycling In My Home

Sing to the tune "The Wheels On the Bus"

Recycling in my home goes round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
Recycling in my home goes round and round,
All through the day.

Tie up the papers and take them back,
Take them back, take them back.
Tie up the papers and take them back,
All through the day.

Crush the cans and take them back..... Rinse the milk bottles and take them back....
Save the glass and take it back......

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Sing to the tune of "The More We Get Together"

Reduce Reuse Recycle
Recycle... recycle
Reduce Reuse Recycle
It's easy to do
Cause your trash
And my trash
Make up way
Too much trash
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Its easy to do!

This Old Earth

Sing to the tune of "This Old Man"

This old earth
Needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a pick it up; pitch it in; and throw it in the can
This old earth needs a helping hand!

Everdyay is Earth Day

Everyday is Earth Day,
If it's cold or wet or hot
Pitch in to save the planet
It's the only one we've got.

Recycling Activities for Kids Games

Pick A Box


Blue recycling box
Black recycling box
Recycling stuff for the blue and black box

Place all the recycling stuff in the center of the circle.
Place the two recycling boxes on each side of the stuff.

Have the children pick up an item and put it in the right recycling box.

Hint: Help the children out by taping a pictures of cardboard boxes and paper on one box and cans and bottles on the other.

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