The best toys might be hiding in your recycling bin!

There amazing new toys on the market that enrich learning and creativity, in fact we love using some of them in our child care centre! Sometimes though, there is nothing better than an empty box to get your child’s imagination going. 

Another great idea for empty cans!

Another great idea for empty cans!

There has been a lot of talk about recycling and possible changes in the media so we think there has never been a better time to take another look at your recycling bin and find some great new and free ways to play!

Empty bottles or instruments

Have a budding musician on your hands? Rescue your empty bottles and lidded containers to create shakers. You can part-fill them using rice, cereal or dried beans. Any dry ingredient will give a different sound! HOT TIP: tape the lids on to avoid spills.

Yoghurt containers or telephones

Remember when telephones had cords? Remember when those cords were string?! Grab two empty, clean containers - yoghurt tubs work great. Poke a small hole in the bottom of each. Take a length of string, try for at least 5m, and thread an end through the bottom of each container. Tie a big knot so that the string doesn’t pull back through and there you have it! One telephone. HOT TIP: you could use two tin cans for a more retro version but be careful of sharp edges!

Cereal boxes or robots

Collect all your cardboard recycling during the week. This could be pasta boxes, cereal boxes, paper towel tubes or anything else! Once you’ve got a good collection let your children create their own robots or towers with the boxes and tape. HOT TIP: Older children might like to attach robot legs and arms using string so that the joints swing.

Keep your empty boxes!

Keep your empty boxes!

Online shopping or kids first car

Here’s a good excuse to buy big online! Those shipping boxes that everything comes in make perfect cars, or fort builders, or rockets, or anything your child can dream up, HOT TOP: A soft grassy hill and a big box can make for a perfect afternoon of tobogganing, Australia style!

Amazing things to be discovered and new things to learn!

Amazing things to be discovered and new things to learn!

Our Happy Hearts Petrie children recently used boxes to make amazing cars and worked well as a team to get the job done. What’s your favourite way to reuse and play at your house? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or in the comments below. We’d love to hear and try new things in our Child Care Centre for our daycare children and in our Kindergarten program!