Oy, those ubiquitous plastic milk jugs–how to repurpose and reuse them? Instead of dumping them in landfills, why not repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs in kids crafts. Here are ideas to make recycled milk jugs into sand toys for the beach and garden tools. Make a set of eight recycled sand toys and garden tools, just in time for Earth Day. Repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs for preschool, school, scout troop, 4H group, camp and day care kids crafts. These recycled kids crafts work well for small hands. You’ll need
-two clean plastic milk jugs per child
-scissors (children’s Fiskars scissors work great)
To make gardening bucket or plant starter garden tools or sand pail, strainer or sifter sand toys
Draw a line around the base of your recycled milk jugs, about three inches from the bottom. Poke a hole anywhere in the line with sharp scissors. Cut along the line to remove the top half (set aside for later). Now you have a sand pail or gardening bucket or plant starter. For sifter or strainer sand toys or garden tools, poke holes in the bottom of recycled milk jugs. Homemade kids crafts from recycled materials are great for beach play. If they get broken, you’re not out any money!
Repurpose and reuse the remainder of recycled milk jugs for other sand toys and garden tools. Draw a circle around the top of the milk jugs, about two inches down from the mouth. Poke a hole and cut around the circle. You have a funnel or sand castle mold for beach sand toys. With the leftover piece, you can make a trowel or shovel. To make a trowel, draw along the indentation on the jug where the handle is. Snip the lower end of the handle to separate it form the jug. Poke a hole on the line and cut along the line. Trim the top part above the upper end of the handle to a v-shaped point. You will have a flat surface with a handle to smooth out surfaces and a corner surface for edging. These garden tools make great hoes for a small garden or potted plant. If you cut it with a zigzag edge it can be used as a garden rake. These simply kids crafts provide excellent scissors skills practice.
Make a shovel by drawing a circle around the part where the lower end of the handle attaches to the jug, about an inch or so from the handle. Snip the top end off from the jug. Cut along the circle you’ve drawn. Now you have handled shovels to use for sand toys or garden tools. For more kids crafts that repurpose and reuse, visit Green Crafts and Free Lesson Plans 4u.