Encourage your kids to get creative by creating 'flowers' out of egg boxes and pipe cleaners. As they're busy painting their flowers, teach them some recycling facts, like where the cardboard from the egg box came from and why it's important that we reuse and recycle cardboard.
Most paper egg cartons are already made from recycled paper. Paper is cleaned, moistened and turned into pulp which is moulded into egg cartons.
What you will need for this activity:
- Cover your working surface in newspaper to protect it from the paint. Don't worry if you get paint on your clothes because OMO can take care of tough stains.
- Tear the individual egg cups out of the egg box so that you have 12 individual little cups.
- Ask the kids to paint each of the egg cups, inside and out. These will be the petals of the flowers, so encourage them to use lots of different bright colours and patterns.
- Once the egg cups are dry, create individual petals by carefully tearing some of the outer edges of the cups.
- Help the kids insert the pipe cleaners into the base of each egg cup flower to create the stalk. Fold the pipe cleaner over at the face of the flower to hold it in place.
Your child can arrange their flowers in a vase to make a pretty table decoration or give them to a friend or family member as a present! Cardboard egg cartons are also great for budding gardening enthusiasts. Take a look at some more upcycling activities for green fingers.
These recycling activities for kids are a thrifty way to entertain them and stimulate their imaginations, but more importantly, they will learn that recycling isn't just necessary – it's fun, too. Why not see what other recycling ideas they can come up with?