Eco-friendly Do-it-Yourself Toys

By Brooke Drake, April 23, 2010, Green

Nothing helps to pass time and keep kids entertained like craft time! And in honor of Earth Day, I thought it would be fun to provide a few do-it-yourself crafts that are earth friendly and easy to make from items around the house.

Recycled Earth Crayons
Ages: 2 to 8 years
Time: 20 minutes
What you need: Green and blue crayons
Instructions: Peel paper off crayons and cut crayons into small pieces. Mix green and blue crayon pieces in paper cups, putting the equivalent of one green and two blue crayons in each cup. Put cups on baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or until the crayons have melted but the wax is not completely mixed. Let the wax cool for an hour. Peel away the paper cups. Enjoy your recycled crayons that look like the planet Earth.

Egg carton bee
Ages: 6 to 8 years
Completion time: 15 minutes
What you need: Egg carton cup , yellow paint , black marker , pipe cleaner
Instructions: With an adult’s help, cut out one egg cup from an egg carton. Paint the outside yellow and let it dry. Once it’s completely dry, draw on stripes with a black marker. Poke two holes on top for the antennae and a hole on each side for the wings. Cut out two small pieces of pipe cleaner and stick them in the holes on top. Take two longer pieces of pipe cleaner and twist them into wing shapes. Stick them in the side holes. Now just make sure to keep him away from your honey!

Potato Stamp
Ages: 6 to 8 years
Completion time: 15 minutes
What you need: Potato , pencil , spoon , knife (with adult supervision) , paint , paintbrush , paper , paper towel or cloth
Instructions: With an adult’s help, cut a potato in half lengthwise. Using a dull pencil, carve a simple design into each side of the potato. Then take the spoon and dig out your design so the part you want to stamp is raised above the rest of the surface. Dry the potato with a cloth or paper towel. Paint the raised design and stamp it on the piece of paper.

Paper bag teddy bear
Ages: 6 to 8 years
Completion time: 15 minutes
What you need: Large paper bag , scissors , pillow stuffing or tissue , stapler , paper or markers
Instructions: Trace a teddy bear shape on a grocery-size paper bag. Try cutting through both sides of the bag at once so each side matches. To make your bear’s face either draw on a nose, eyes, and mouth with markers, or cut them out from colored paper and glue them on. To stuff your bear, start stapling around the edges. As you staple one part of the bear, fill the area with pillow stuffing or wadded up tissue. Use a pencil to push the stuffing into hard to reach areas, like in the bear’s arms or ears. Keep stapling and stuffing until you’ve made it all around your bear.

Recycled Water Bottle Bowling
Ages: 2 to 8 years
Completion time: 30 minutes
What you need: Colored electric tape , 10 similar empty bottles , scissors , small smooth ball
Instructions: Wash 10 similar size bottles and let dry. Remove any paper or wrapping glued to the bottle. Screw on caps and neatly cover with red electrical tape. Add two more stripes around the top of the bottle to look like a bowling pin. Line up the pins in a V-shape on a smooth surface. Roll the ball and try to knock down all of the bottles.

This items were gathered from theĀ  Babycenter website.

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