Eco is in vogue, so recycling can also be fun

When I was a child, I had several dolls, a few stuffed animals and blocks, just like most of my friends from the yard. Currently, the average child has many more toys, but paradoxically he also has much less ability to play alone.
To awaken the child's desire to create and develop him ingenuity and independence, it is worth proposing to him having fun with recycling materials, which are not lacking in our homes. An infant needs a plastic bottle filled with dried peas, or a newspaper that can tear off to shreds. With the age of the child, the range of possibilities expands significantly. What to play or what you can create with only bottles and newspapers, and optionally some string, glue or paint?

1. Toolbox for crayons - the bottom of a plastic bottle works well in this role, cut off at about a third of its height. The child can draw a cut line with a marker, and the parent will help cut the drawn shape. Maybe they will be cat's ears, or maybe fancy waves? A child prepared in this way can decorate with paints, wrap it with wool, colored paper, sequins, etc. Instead of adhesive, you can also use double-sided tape.

2. Papier mache - it's a great way to use black and white newspapers and cardboard. Shredded and soaked pieces of paper are mixed, for example, with flour and water glue or with gypsum. Figures made of such mass are light and quite durable. Thanks to the rough surface, they can be easily and accurately painted using poster or acrylic paints. Maybe the child will be tempted to create a whole collection of animal figurines, dinosaurs or characters from your favorite fairy tale?

3.Collage - a simple way to use photos from colorful magazines. All you need is scissors, a cardboard or a piece of paper and some glue to conjure up something interesting from the cut out fragments of photos. Each time we can try to inspire a child to create something completely new. Maybe he'll show us how he imagines the future with such a collage. Or maybe he will illustrate his dream adventure trip this way?

4. Cardboard constructions - a large cardboard box (for a child) or smaller (for dolls / stuffed animals / figurines) can be easily converted into a castle, house or space shuttle. All you need is felt-tip pens, paint, self-adhesive colored paper or aluminum foil, i.e. all kinds of materials that will add a unique style to your building. Or maybe we will use an additional piece of unnecessary material and create a cardboard theater with a curtain?

5. puppets - if we already have a theater, we need actors to perform in it. Cardboard silhouettes of figures, cut out and glued to shashlik sticks, are very easy to make and extremely effective. You can decorate them in virtually any way - sticking cotton wool beards, hair from the yarn, clothes from colored paper, or from scraps of materials. Playing the entire cast of the performance will take the child for hours, and inventing a story that can be presented in the home theater is a great exercise for the imagination.

6. Fashion creator - recycled materials are great for preparing different kinds of costumes for a child or his toys. Bracelets from a cut bottle, a paper crown, a skirt made of newspaper cut in fringes or a poncho from a large-format diary are just a small sample of possibilities. Maybe the child wants to create a summer collection for all their dolls?

7. Race car - four equal-sized plastic caps, shashlik sticks and a roll of toilet paper are enough to make it. The parent should help the child make holes in the caps of such a diameter that the stick can pass freely through them. With a stick, you pierce a roll of paper, put the wheels on the caps and protect the ends of the sticks, e.g. with plasticine, wax or a rubber band. The car can be painted to give it a truly racing character. You can easily prepare the racetrack for the set by marking lines with newspaper stripes or caps arranged in rows.

These are just a few examples of possibilities. If we show them to children and give them a free hand in play (of course, as far as it is safe and possible), they will certainly surprise us with ideas more than once. Who knows, maybe one of the children has great artistic potential that will be revealed in this way? And even if not, is it not a great combination - at the same time shaping children's creativity and ecological awareness?