It’s that time of year again! The kids are back off school again and they’re lounging around the house getting under your feet and making nuisances of themselves. Well, we’ve come up with 3 crafty ways that you can keep them busy and do some good for the environment in the long run!

Make a Coke Can Robot

After they’ve finished with their can of coke, turn it into a robot! Aluminium cans can be recycled again and again, without losing any of their natural properties, so getting into the habit of recycling them now is a fantastic idea.

You will need:

  • 1 coke can
  • Some colourful pipe cleaners or tissue paper
  • A bottle top
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes (buy these from any craft shop)
  • Felt Tips

1. Make sure the can is completely empty of any liquid, so that it doesn’t get all sticky.

2. Create a wacky hairdo for your robot, by pushing pipe cleaners through the can lid. Or cut the tissue paper into strips and glue around the rim to make a dashing haircut.

3. To make a face, simply glue on a pair of googly eyes, and use a bottle cap as a nose.

4. Draw on a mouth, eyebrows to give your robot a funny face! Will they be angry, sad, happy or crazy?

5. TOP TIP – Carefully cut holes in the side of your can, and slide in some pipe cleaners to give your robot arms.

Make a Plastic Bottle Penguin

Plastic bottles are one of the most popular things that get sent to landfill, where they contribute to the harmful gases produced. But recycled plastic can be used for so many different products that this is a real waste!

You will need:

  • 2 plastic bottles
  • Glue
  • Some paint or felt tip pens

1. Take the two bottles and cut one in half, and separate the bottom off the other one. You should have two parts, one larger then the other, but both the bottom halves of the bottle. Throw the top half in the recycling bin.

2. Glue the two parts together. The larger half should slot easily into the smaller part. This will give you the shape of the penguin.

3. Using the felt tip pens, draw on the outline of the penguin. Now that you have the outline, you can paint on the penguin using the black and white paint. When the paint is dry, draw on a beak and some eyes.

4. OPTIONAL –Why not give your penguin a hat and scarf by either painting it on, or better yet knitting him one!

Make a Cardboard Rocket

When cardboard is sent to landfill it decomposes and gives off methane gas that is harmful to the environment. But if it’s recycled then it can be made useful again, and used to create more cardboard, instead of becoming rubbish.

You will need:

  • A toilet roll, or kitchen paper roll
  • Some paint and a paintbrush
  • Red or orange tissue paper
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Aluminium foil

1. Paint the toilet roll whichever colour you want your rocket to be!

2. Using the tissue paper cut out some flame shapes and strips of aluminium foil.

3. Cut a circle out of the construction paper, and then cut half way into the circle. Fold the paper round to make a cone, which you can then glue to the top of the toilet roll.

4. Wrap the aluminium foil around the toilet roll and glue the tissue paper flame shapes onto the inside of the toilet roll.

Some great ideas to keep the little ones busy, and give them some insight into the world of recycling!