Books About Recycling for Kids

We love to make crafts and activities using recycled materials.  Love it.  So when we joined the natural parenting and earth month series at Alternative Learning, we knew we had to do something with recycled material crafts. Looking around the internet a bit, we were able to find the best craft idea books for creating kids’ crafts using recycled materials.  These are some seriously fun looking books!

 Recycled Materials Craft Books for Kids

kids crafts using recycled materials.  Books about crafting with recycled materials.
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Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin
Use your  to create castles, puppets, and more, using trash.  These projects can be transformed into art projects and given as gifts using materials from the recycling bin!

The Cardboard Box Book by Roder Priddy
Use a cardboard box to create crafts, costumes, castles, circus, and more.


Green Crafts for Children by Emma Hardy
Kids can make their own toys and games, gifts and ornaments. This book uses all materials that you can find in recycling bins or nature.

Ecoart! by Lauri Winn Carlson
 Children can express themselves and interact with nature using imaginative experiences. All the projects use recyclable, reusable, household materials and/or items found in nature.

Recycled Robots by Robert Malone
Use items in your house to make Robots!

Recycled Crafting for Kids by Kate Lilley 
Quirky, colorful and fun projects for pre-school kids and their parents to make together.

Need more recycled materials books for kids?  These are great for teaching kids about recycling:

                                                Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green

A teacher explains to his class about recycling as he takes them to a recycling plant to show them how it works, what sort of things they can recycle and to explain why it’s important. 

Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Kids will learn about the recycling process with a focus on 5 different types of recyclables.

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) from Alison Inches
Learn about recycling from a new perspective as a plastic bottle journeys from the plant to the manufacturing line all the way to it’s new recycled life!


I Can Save the Earth! by Alison Inches
Educating kids on how to be more earth-friendly, this is a fun book.

Bernoulli’s Principle Tissue Paper Glider

make a tissue paper glider

Today we’re excited to share how to make glider using tissue paper. This tissue paper glider is a fun way to build a project together with the kids and explore airfoil and Bernoulli’s Principle.  Using just a few materials, you can easily construct this glider and watch it sail! Add this simple experiment to your list of discovery activities that support exploration, STEM, and fine motor skills!

how to make a delta sale glider from tissue paper. This is a fun glider activity for kids to explain airfoil and Bernoulli's Principle as well as answer the question: "why do airplanes stay in the sky?"
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Bernoulli’s Principle for Kids

My kids love to watch for airplanes flying overhead when we are outside. They’ve asked a few times how the planes stay in the sky.  We made this simple glider as a way to play and explore Bernoulli’s Principle while learning about flying.  
First we talked about Bernoulli’s Principle.  This principle tells us that when the speed of air (or water/oil/etc) increases, it’s pressure decreases.  To fly, a plan requires airfoil (a wing or surface that air flows around) to glide on the wind. The surface of a wing (airfoil) is designed to provide lift using Bernoulli’s Principle.  the wing/airfoil makes air move faster over the top and creates a low pressure area above the glider or airplane.  This lifts the plane or glider and keeps it in the air.
We decided to explore this principle a bit more by making a Delta Wing Airfoil

What is a Delta Wing Airfoil?

Essentially, a delta wing airfoil is a triangular shaped wing.  A glider that a person can ride is a delta wing airfoil.  We made one on a much smaller scale using straws and tissue paper.

How to make a glider:

You’ll need just a few items to make a glider.

Gather the items you need for the tissue glider and then get started:

  1. To make the frame of your glider, roll the end of one straw and insert it into the end of another straw.  
  2. Connect three straws this way to make two long sections of straws.  
  3. Attach these two long sections and bend them into a sharp point.  
  4. Add tape to support the angle.  This will be the point of the glider.
  5. Connect two straws in the same manner.  
  6. Attach the ends to the long straw sections and tape into angles.  
  7. Add tape to the connecting points of the straws.
  8. Next, cover the frame with tissue paper.  We covered both sides of the frame and used tow pieces of tissue paper, but you could cover just one side.  
  9. Use tape to secure the paper.  (You may need more tissue paper depending on the size of your sheets of tissue paper.)
How to make a tissue paper glider with kids.  Exploring Bernoulli's Principle
Next, go outside and launch your glider!  Hold both of the long sides of the triangle over your head and GENTLY toss the glider upward.  It will take practice to get the glider to sail, but once you get the hang of it, you can really have fun with watching it sail!  
Talk about Bernoulli’s Principle at work to keep the glider sailing through the air.  
Other concepts you can discuss include talking about air drag and streamlined shapes.
This post is part of Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails’ A-Z Science Experiments series.