Recycled Materials Crafts

Great preschool crafts - economical and fun

Make a busy city filled with cars & buildings for one of your preschool activities out of recycled materials crafts. Its a great way to learn about buildings like skyscrapers, apartments, houses, schools, hospitals....etc and land transportation like buses, taxis, trains...etc or even landscapes like trees, bushes, shrubs,...etc


  • Milk boxes, cereal boxes, tissue boxes etc -for buildings
  • Bottle caps - all sizes- for the wheels
  • Glue or Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Construction or wrapping paper/foil
  • Crayons or markers


  • To have further practice with application of glue and pasting
  • To enhance creativity
  • To improve eye-hand coordination
  • To work on fine motor skills
  • To have fun


  • 3 yrs onwards


  1. Lay out boxes of all sizes.
  2. Have construction papers or foil cut to wrapping size
  3. Show the kids how to cover the boxes with the paper & glue them.
  4. Younger kids can use foil paper as it looks good even when crushed and you don't have to paste it with glue.
  5. Carefully cut squares & rectangles from construction papers.
  6. Stick the squares as windows - stick rows & columns for skyscrappers
  7. Stick the rectangles for doors / elevators.


  1. Make little cones out of green construction papers to represent trees.
  2. Make road signs with little cards on toothpicks or ice cream sticks.

These recycled materials crafts can be done over a few days - kids can also paint a big backdrops or floor mat - with roads, rivers, parks, beach....etc

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I saw this recycled craft at a shopping mall and thought it's brilliant. Its made with pop cans, cookies tins, brushes, sticks .... etc This may be a class project ideal for parent teachers day or craft exhibition. It's a little complex for preschoolers, but you may just get the idea and modify it accordingly.

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