Friday, April 24, 2009

Aloha Friday


We got such great responses to last week's Aloha Friday question about service activities for toddlers - thanks, folks! - that I'm gonna do it again... Seeing as it's around Earth Day, I've been thinking about the following:

What household "trash" items (e.g. toilet paper rolls) should you keep for crafts or other activities with kids? And how do you use them?

24 comments:

janetfaye said...

I don't do any crafts. I would be totally lost trying to think of a craft to make from household items!

Sarah said...

Pie tins - or any flat container. I use them as a paint pallet....then I can recycle them after the mess.

FrankandMary said...

The little kids I know, including me as a pre-schooler, love discarded food boxes. Cereal boxes, mac & cheese boxes. They play store. ~Mary

Lori said...

I did a lot of crafts with recycled materials when I was teaching kindergarten... we used toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, shoe boxes, paper bags, tissue boxes, left over wrapping paper, old cards (you can use the fronts to do all kinds of things), old calendar pictures, packing peanuts... you name it you can use it in crafts. Now the kicker is... I worked with 5 year olds so I didn't decide what they did with the materials... they did!

Somebody Loved said...

Plastic milk jugs
[http://familycrafts.about.com/od/plasticjugcrafts/Plastic_Jug_Crafts.htm]

Popsicle sticks
[http://crafts.kaboose.com/wood/crafts-popsicle-sticks.html]

Baby food jars
[http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/babyfoodjar.htm]

corks
[http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/craftdetails3.cfm?CraftID=1388]

coffee can
[drum]

milk carton
[bird feeder]
[bird house]
[pencil/pen holder]
[http://www.kinderart.com/crafts/milkcpenpot.shtml]

That should give you some ideas...
and keep you busy Miss Esme.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

A.V.A said...

I am anti crafty, LOL. I love the ideas on here though.

BranFlakes said...

you can use almost anything!
applesauce cups- painting cups
tp tubes- binoculars
cereal boxes- GREAT for painting on, paint doesn't leak through like paper
oatmeal containers- good for marble painting
the list just goes on and on

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I keep toilet paper rolls to make binoculars, and paper towel rolls to make telescopes. Cover them in construction paper and let the kids decorate with stickers. They love it!

I also save egg cartons to put paint in for the kids. The side that holds the eggs works well for putting different colors into.

TheAngelForever said...

I keep Crystal Light containers. They make great banks and things. We also have an amazing collection of baby food jars from the past. I remember making snow globes with them.

Jennifer said...

I am of no help. My kids are well into their teens now and m memory seems to have blocked out any arts and crafts. Sorry.

Amydeanne said...

we use the lids off of the milk jugs.. they work great for putting things in and they shake them to hear what's inside.. the kids love making them...

I am Harriet said...

Definitely those jugs are good.

Auntie E said...

Walnut shells; take have a shell ,Cut a piece of felt the size of the walnut, glue it to the back. On the walnut itself glue eyes and nose and draw mouth on it. Now put a small magnet on the back. Now you have a magnet for refrigerator.

shopannies said...

spice shaker bottles they are great for glitter etc...

NateAndJakesMom said...

We keep the old egg cartons to plant seedlings in.

Flying Giggles & Lollipops said...

We keep just about everything in a cabinet. My daughter usually has free reign to use them as she pleases. We make bowling pins out of old pringle containers...canisters to keep things in out of baby formula tubs.

Rob said...

egg cartons, my wife used one to put paint in when the kids painted outside

Melinda said...

my husband answered above LOL
egg cartons make great paint pallets. Old formula cans were used for donation cans for our Alex's Lemonade Stand last year and tissue paper makes a great stained glass window project.

Pamela Kramer said...

Paper towel roll holder. It's got lots of uses. You can pretend it's your telescope!

sheila said...

newspaper (you can rip into strips and dunk in flour/water and put it over a blown up balloon. When hard, pop balloon and make a pinata or masks, or whatever!

Jenny said...

I keep yogurt cups for paint crafts with my daughter. I also keep PB jars to house all of her little collections.

ahappyhippy mom said...

Egg, milk, and juice cartons all make good craft supplies!

ahappyhippymom.blogspot.com

Pregnantly Plump said...

Most of my craft efforts with Little Elvis fail, he just loves to destroy things! But I made binoculars out of two toilet paper rolls and a stretchy headband last week that he has the best time with.

dani said...

i cannot help you much here, esme... it's been a very long time since my crafting days.

ghosts out of tissue
flowers out of cupcake papers
angels out of egg cartons
houses out of paper milk containers
any and everything out of boxes???

it looks like you have a lot of ideas though ^^^. have fun, my sweet girl:D

love,
aunt dani xxx