Children, Families

Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids

kids recycled craft ideas

If you are running out of things to keep your kids occupied then I’ve got some great, free recycled craft ideas for kids made from the contents of your recycling bin for your kids to tackle.  All the crafts are super fun and great for nursery school-aged kids and up (although adult supervision and in some cases, help, is definitely required).

6 Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids

kids recycled craft ideas

Here are the six recycled craft ideas for you and your kids to try out:

1. Tin Can Telephone Craft

tin can telephone kids diy craft

The old favourite.  This one needs a fair bit of help from adults but is great fun.  Wash out two tin cans (that ideally have been opened with a smooth edge tin can opener to avoid any sharp edges.  Although covering the edge with tape is good too). Then use a nail and hammer to make a hole in the bottom. Tie a long bit of string between the two (with the knot on the inside of the can) and start talking.

Image via Made By Joel

2. Recycled Tin Can Stilts

tin can stilts

Sticking with cans for the moment, they also make great stilts.  Larger tins are best for older kids if you have them, otherwise, stick to small cans for littler people. Again, an adult is needed here: use a nail and hammer to make two holes on the bottom edge and try a loop of string through for your kids to hold on to. The decoration is then all down to your kids.

Image via The Mud Pie Makers

3. Crafty Toilet Roll Owls

toilet roll craft ideas

Empty toilet roll tubes make great owls, and a simple craft idea that kids will love. Simple push two edges together at one end to make the ears and then grab a pen and start colouring, or some coloured paper and start cutting and sticking.  You can even hang them up afterward with some string.

Image via Sew Gorgeous

4. Plastic Bottle Bowling

ideas for plastic bottles

If you happen to have a couple of plastic bottles in your recycling (I like a bit of sparkling water now and again – a guilty pleasure – so often have a plastic bottle kicking about in the recycling bin) then collect them up to make your own recycled bowling set. Kids can decorate the outside however they like (although a fun way is to squirt a bit of paint inside, screw the lid on tight and then get your kids to shake it until the inside is completely coated) and when they’re done, line them up and use a light ball as your bowl.  Striiiiiike!

5. Crafty Bottle Cap Memory Game

recycle bottle lids

You’ll need quite a collection of identical bottle caps for this game. Inside each one stick a bit of paper with a number on, or a small picture (as long as you have a duplicate). Use each number/image twice and then lay them out neatly. You turn over two each go, and the aim of the game is to pick two of the same. When you’ve picked a pair, take them out of the game and keep on going. The person with the most pairs at the end wins.

Image via Crafty Beats

6. Recycled Tin Can Drums

craft ideas for tin cans

Another old favourite.  A drum, made from a tin can and a balloon.  You can add some stale rice into the mix too if you’re in the market for a headache, or if you’ve got a babysitter/grandparents coming round!  Add a handful of rice or lentils to your empty can.  Cut the end off the balloon and then stretch this over the top of your can.  Secure it in place with an elastic band.  Some chopsticks or skewers will make good drumsticks.  However, you might want to cover the ends of the sticks with large balls of plasticine or blue tac to stop them from poking their eyes.

Image via Mini Eco

What are your favourite recycled craft ideas for kids? I also have some more eco-friendly crafts – try this fun statement necklace made from old buttons or this cushion cover made from an old jumper.

Happy crafting!

Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

Are you looking to grow snow pea shoots?  You’re in luck! Here’s a guide on how to grow snow pea shoots indoors!

Snow pea shoots are the ultimate in container gardening.  They are also one of the easiest and cheapest things in the whole world to grow.  Let me show you how to grow snow pea shoots indoors so you can see for yourself!

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of snow pea shoots before.  That was until last month when I saw them in a shop for £1.75 for a small bag.  I whipped out my phone and searched on the internet to see what they were.  I discovered that snow pea shoots would be delicious in stir-fries and salads.  And I also found that £1.75 for a bag of shoots is a bit of a rip-off when I could grow my own in a short space of time (and a small space) for much less than £1.75.

So instead I picked up a box of dried peas for the princely sum of 38p and got growing!  A third of a box of dried peas – so less than 13p – got me this bountiful crop:

how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

Here’s how to grow pea shoots so you can have a constant crop of them for not much money.  It’s pretty much fool-proof.  Even if you’re not particularly green-fingered you could do this, and it would be such a fun thing to do with kids as the peas shoot quite quickly, and then they can eat their bounty!

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

How to Grow Pea Shoots

Ingredients

  • A box of dried whole peas
  • A tub – any tub will do.  Any plastic food tray such as the kind you get when you buy tomatoes or grapes will work great, and yay – recycling!
  • Compost cotton wool will also work great if you don’t have any compost – although you will need to feed your peas
  • Water

Instructions

  1. To work out how many peas you need place the dried peas into the empty (soil free) tub of your choosing – ensuring the peas are densely packed in one layer only.
  2. Empty the peas into a glass of water to soak overnight.  Don’t skip this step.  We did the first time round and the peas never came to anything.
  3. The next day drain your peas and line your tub with a layer of compost or cotton wool (perhaps a centimetre thick)
  4. Add your peas.
  5. And there you go – leave on a sunny window ledge, and water when the compost or cotton wool feels a bit dry.  That’s all it takes to grow pea shoots – it really is as easy as that!  You could cover them with a clear plastic tub (again, like a fruit tray) to trap heat.  It should only take about five or six days to get to a good height, ready for eating.

This was our batch of snow pea shoots after only a day and a half:

snow pea shoots

As you can see, they shoot fast!

A little tip – if you use cotton wool you’ll need to feed the peas.  We used cotton wool and the growth of our peas stalled at a few centimeters until we fed them with some cold black rooibos tea, and then they lept up in leaps and bounds.

Once your snow pea shoots are a few inches high, cut and enjoy!  Don’t leave them too long before cutting as once they get a bit taller and the stems thicken they start to taste quite bitter, which isn’t what you want at all!

snow peas

As the internet told me, snow pea shoots are delicious in stir-fries and salads. However, I’ve also found they are tasty on pizzas, in pasta, and in sandwiches.  They taste intensely of pea, which, as a pea lover, is no bad thing.

The good thing about snow pea shoots is as they are grown indoors you can have a constant crop all year round.  After about three days into the growing cycle of the first batch simply sow another batch in another tub.

So there you go, that’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for under 50 pence!  Hap-pea growing! ;)

ps: other ideas to how to grow your own food cheaply!