Recycling Activities for Half-term

Grace Harper
Oct 21, 2020 1:00:00 PM

For many parents keeping your kids busy during half-term can be difficult, with the majority of us set to be working from home, we’ve put together some fun recycling activities that will keep your kids busy whilst teaching them about recycling.

Homemade Puzzles

If you have any empty cereal boxes waiting to be recycled, you could keep the kids busy by creating homemade puzzles. To do this you can unfold the empty boxes and cut them into different shapes. We advise keeping a close eye on your kids whilst cutting them up, or cutting the boxes yourself and giving them to the kids to enjoy. 

Don't forget that once the kids have completed them, to pop the pieces back into the recycling. 

Homemade wind chimes

Instead of collecting those tin cans in your green box to be sent to recycling you could choose to reuse the cans and make a homemade wind chime for your garden. We suggest choosing a few cans, covering any sharp edges to avoid injury, and getting kids to paint some designs on them. Once completed the wind chime will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space. 

You can find more information on this activity here.

Once the windchime has lived out it’s new life in your garden, you can pop the can into recycling once it’s been cleaned so its ready to be recycled.

Make a bird feeder

There’s nothing more interesting for kids then seeing wildlife out in the open, and we’re about to tell you a quick and innovative way to keep your kids entertained, and encourage more wildlife into your garden! You will need the following supplies:

  • Peanut butter
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Bird seed
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Twine

Once you have collected these supplies then we can get started with the creating of the bird feeder, using the popsicle stick cover the outside of the toilet roll with peanut butter, once covered you can then roll the tube in the bird feed. 

When your bird feeder is ready to be used and placed outside you can thread the string through and tie it up outside. 

You can find more information on this activity here.

Race to Recycle

It’s important that the kids are able to get out and play, albeit weather permitting, and one activity we suggest is going to your local park and creating a ‘Race to Recycle’ challenge where the kids are given a bag and have to fill it with rubbish found in the park as quickly as possible. Not only are you giving kids exercise, but teaching them that everyone can do their part to recycle rubbish and it can be fun to do so!


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