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This week’s theme is Recycling.

Recycling is very important for our environment. Some many things we have can be reused and repurposed into something new! Bottle tops could become counters. A plastic bottle could become a sensory bottle, a bubble sock or a shaker. A cardboard roll could become part of a bowling set, a game or even a castle. Newspaper can be used to make hats, papier mache or part of a collage. We have lots of ideas here but also look back through Thursday’s Creative ideas and Friday Freestyle as there are lots of ideas which reuse household items. Have fun! 

Match the picture to the symbol using our resource

Try some recycled craft ideas

Bottle bottom plant pot

Cardboard roll town 

Make a cardboard game or marble run maze

Use Cardboard to create a robot and then rub over it using crayon to make a great Robot rubbing picture

Have some fun junk modelling reuse recyclable materials to create something - e.g. using old cardboard boxes to create a boat/castle/tower/robot

You can recycle old wellies to plant flowers in or use old plant pots and paint

See also our photo ideas for ‘Things to do with an egg box’ and ‘Things to do with cardboard tubes’ see photos documents



 You can use old magazines to make a cut and stick puzzle (cut up a picture and stick back together) or create a collage or a card to send to a friend. 

Hold a recyclable material hunt in the garden - hide recyclable items - children to find them as quickly as possible and place in the recycling bin.

Explore and learn about what the recycling symbol looks like. You could create a collage or picture. Have a look at food packaging and materials in your home. Can you find the symbol anywhere? What kind of materials have the symbol on? 

Have a go at sorting some items with the Twinkl printable resource.

There is a lovely story from Twinkl called The Messy Magpie.  There is a story PowerPoint and some talk cards in our resources. 

Help to sort rubbish into the correct bins.

Recycling games:

Clean zone games
Clean and Green
BBC Bitesize Recycling
BBC Bitesize Recylcling 2
Reduce Reuse recycle with Newsround
My first recycling
Recycle song
Top tips for recycling
How do trucks do the recycling
Reusing Water looking at filtering
Have some fun with science looking at how we can use the suns heat and save electricity by creating a solar oven

Recycling Stories:
Michael Recycle
Storybots recycle
The Kikiboomers Recycling song