It isn’t easy to keep your kids busy at home if you have children. Children get bored easily and are eager to try new things. You don’t want your children to be occupied with mobiles, tablets or laptops. Instead, please encourage them to use the scrap materials to create new things. It’s a great way for children to bond and spend time exploring and creating.

Upcycling has many environmental benefits

1. Material can be saved from the landfill. 

Many designers and brands are creating new uses for old materials. Creative people are now reclaiming many items in landfills.

2. Reduce landfill waste

We are so used to everything being mass-produced and manufactured in a matter of seconds that we often buy items as fast as we throw them away.

3. Minimal use of natural resources

Reusing existing resources allows us to avoid using new raw materials during production.

Ideas for making waste materials with kids:

It’s a great way to spend quality time with your children while saving money on waste materials.

Popsicle Stick Bookmarks 

Make holiday reading fun with DIY bookmarks.

You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glue
  • Ribbons
  • Felt pens
  • Googly eyes


  • Start with dried, washed popsicle sticks.
  • Allow your children to rotate the fabric pieces and glue them around the sticks. You should leave enough space for a face.
  • You can use ribbons to attach hair accessories or belts with glue.
  • Your cute little face bookmarks will be ready when you stick your googly eyes on the sticks.

Glittery – CD Fish

You will need:

  • A CD
  • Glitter
  • White adhesive
  • Yellow card paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes


  • Apply adhesive to the CD and leave the middle area empty.
  • Sprinkle glitter over the area of the CD. Let it dry.
  • Cut a mouth, tail, and fins from the yellow card paper. Stick these to the blank side with the tape once it has dried.
  • Your fun fish will be ready when you attach the googly eyes to one side.

Tin-can Chimes

You will need:

  • Three or more tin cans with a lid
  • Nail and hammer
  • Washers: One for every tin
  • Paintbrush
  • Tempera paints come in different colours
  • String or wool
  • Glitter


  • Use different colours to paint the tin cans.
  • While the cans are still damp, you can add glitter to them.
  • After drying, use the hammer to poke holes in each can’s bottom. Here adults can help children if required.
  • Through the holes, insert a long length of wool or string. Attach the washers to the end of the string at the other end, in the cans.
  • When there is wind, hang the cans to don’t hit or overlap each other.

These craft ideas will show you how to recycle and make the most of your waste materials. These crafts will teach your children the importance of recycling, reusing, and other important concepts. Although most of these activities can be done with children, it is important to have adult supervision.

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