It’s no secret that we love to create crafts and activities using recycled materials. Especially during April and right before Earth Day, we wanted to make a recycled material craft. We pulled out recycled seedling planter containers to create animal crafts.
I always have left over seedling planter containers in the garage from gardening and flower planting. If you garden, then you know that a pack of flowers or plants usually comes in a seedling container or 4-6 plants. Once you plant your seedlings, you are left with a plastic container. You can either toss it into the recycle bin, or save it for another project…like our cute animal crafts!
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Recycled Seedling Planter Containers crafts
extras like googly eyes, yarn, ribbon (use left over scraps!)
Cut the seedling planters into one sections. Our planters were black so we decided to create black animal crafts. Seedling sections became penguins, black cats, and even an orca whale.
We also made a spider, skunk, and panda.
Our seedling planter animals turned into cute puppets for all sorts of imagination and pretend play scenes. We added these to a sensory bin for a small world activity, too.
This post is part of the 60 day junk play challenge on Best Toys 4 Toddlers.
Looking for more recycled crafts? Try these:
Spring chick juice box cover~ tip to tip grasp, multi-textural craft for Spring
Rainbow recycled cardboard tube craft~ fine motor skills, imagination, pretend play, language skills
Rainbow binoculars~ imagination, pretend play, fine motor skills
Cardboard tube turkey napkin ring~ fine motor work
Fine motor color sorting activity with recycled grated cheese container~ tripod grasp, color, pattern, and sorting learning skills. This is a great early math activity!
In-hand manipulation activities ~uses a grated cheese container and a recycled two liter drink container to develop in-hand manipulation and translation skills.