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

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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.