Reducing the waste, adding to fun!
Join in using #junkplay
TURNING EVERYDAY TRASH TO TOYS AND PLAY IDEAS
On this page you will find complete list of materials / mediums we’ll use during 60 Day Junk Play Challenge, along with many inspiring ideas published by fellow kid bloggers in the past. Use this list to get inspired to join us in #junkplay and to bring more fun to your kids without much money spent on the toys! After all, almost everything can be used for play! This type of game will help kids see many items they would trash in a new light and suddenly paper rolls will become animals and pizza boxes will become awesome easels for little budding artists!
PRINT A CALENDAR AND ADD YOUR IDEAS FOR EACH DAY
Click on image to download calendar as pdf file. Print and add your play ideas for each of 60 days!
(You will need Adobe Reader to view the file.)
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DAY #1 – INTRODUCTION
DAY #2 – PLASTIC BAGS
From tutus to windsocks, from pretty flowers and sticky play to launching comets into space, plastic bags are an inexhaustible medium for play ideas!
Featured on a picture: Recycled Plastic Bag Flowers
DAY #3 – ADVERTISING MAGNETS
Featured on a picture: Upcycle Magnets with Kid’s Artwork
DAY #4 – BABY FOOD JAR
Featured on a picture: Spiderman Cake in a Jar
DAY #5 – BOOK / BOOK PAGES
Featured on a picture: Turn an Old Board Book in an Art Journal
DAY #6 – CEREAL BOX
Cereal boxes, similar to cardboard boxes, are awesome and easy crafting medium. With as little as scissors and some paint or paper they can be turned to notepads, mailboxes, garages or even dragons!
Featured on a picture: DIY Seed Paper
DAY #7 – PLASTIC BOTTLE
We all have plastic bottles laying around our homes! Why not upcycling them to a toy? Did you know you can make a fireworks in a bottle? Or how to use them to calm your kids or practice fine motor skills? Or how to turn them into a water wall?
Featured on a picture: Lego Calm Down Bottle
DAY #8 – PACKING PEANUTS
Sooner or later we all get packing peanuts through mail. Here are listed several ideas how to use them for play and we are always looking for additional resources!
Featured on a picture: Packing Peanuts Construction Play
DAY #9 – PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS
From adding plastic bottle caps in busy bags to turning them in mini boats, from using them for fine motor practice to creating costumes and jewlery, there are many different ways to upcycle plastic caps and use them for play.
Featured on a picture: Bottle Cap Art
DAY #10 – BUBBLE WRAP
Bubble wrap is one of kid’s favorite junk medium. They love how it pops! Additionally to making it pop, you can use bubble wrap for crafts and arts, for sensory or gross motor play, as showed here.