Kids Projects for home
When the kids get home from school, recycle some of your waste
materials from around the house and try out these projects.
|Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Juice Carton Crayon Box
|Rinse out an empty plastic milk carton with a lid.
Cut a window in the front of the jug, and make two small holes for
Insert old pencils (or dowels) for perches and fill the bottom of the
jug with bird seed.
||Wash and dry an empty cardboard juice carton and cut off the top.
Using bits and pieces of masking tape, have the children tape up the
entire carton, covering all sides, the more tape the better.
Use crayons to colour the masking tape box.
The tape makes the box sturdier and will make a great crayon holder
for their desk.
|Birthday "Wish" Bank
|To encourage your kids to save money for a
particular item, help them make a "Wish" Bank.
Rinse out an old coffee jar and cut a narrow slot in the top
(for coins). Drill a medium-sized hole in the top (for
From an old catalogue, cut out what the kids
want, and stick the pictures round the jar leaving enough
room so they can see their savings.
Each time they add money to the can, they are contributing a little
bit more to the "wish" item. A great way to teach kids to save
||Using an old catalogue or magazine, cut out pictures of chairs,
tables, curtains, bathroom fixtures and other furnishings. Spread out a
newspaper or large sheet of drawing paper or the back of an old sheet of
Sketch an "open sided" house. Have children place the
pictures of the furnishings in the rooms of their choice. They can cut
out more pictures to redecorate their house, cut out pictures of people,
toys, pets, anything they like!
|Alphabet Catalogue Collage
||Paper Towel Rain Makers
|Using old toys, clothing, and plant catalogues, have the kids cut out
colourful pictures that begin with a specific letter of the alphabet.
Assign different letters to each child. Have them glue the pictures
onto a piece of card.
Discuss the pictures afterward.
||Young kids love noise makers. Colour, paint, and decorate paper towel
rolls. Cover one end of a paper towel roll with waxed paper and close it
off with a tight rubber band.
Pour a handful or two of dried beans (split peas work well) in the
open end, close open end the same as the other.
Poke grids of toothpicks through the rolls at different intervals to
add a "rain shaker" sound.
|Paper Towel Tube Holders
||Paper Plate Holders
|Decorate a paper towel tube with paint, markers, glitter, stickers,
card and crayons. This becomes a colourful carrying tube.
Roll their pictures up and put inside to take to their teacher,
grandparents, friends, or relatives.
Some special pictures could be for their Grandparents, a special aunt
or uncle, or even for a brother or sister.
||Using two paper plates, cut one plate in half and place on top of the
other plate (turn the half plate to form a pocket over the whole plate).
Use a paper punch to make holes going around the outside of the
Use scraps of wool and "sew" through the holes of the plate.
Start and end at the top of the plate so that it can be extended
about six inches and tied.
Have your children colour, paint or decorate their plates.
Now they have their very own place to put prized possessions, notes
from Mum and Dad, special pictures and more.
|Treasure Shoe Box
|Decorate an old shoe box and lid with card, markers, paint, glue and
glitter, crayons, goggly eyes, stickers, lace, doilies, or whatever else
you can find. Be sure to put the child's name inside the lid.
This box make a great box for treasures found out in the yard, on the
way home from school, or anywhere else your children "hunt".
||Either paint the inside of a shoebox with black or dark blue poster
or acrylic paint; or, glue black card inside the box.
Using white crayons or stickers, make a night scene with stars and
the moon on the black background. Use small plastic toys to create a
scene inside your shadowbox, or make your own with card and glue. Cut
out small pictures from colouring books and colour and stick to your
scene. Hang a spaceship or shooting star with a piece of string and
|Create a Story
|If you have several children together, this can be great fun. Give
each child two or three pieces of paper. Have them each draw a picture
and write a sentence. When finished, see if they can put it together to
form a story.
New pages can be created as you go along. A book cover can be made
from two pieces of card, a hole punch, and wool yarn.
Look at our Colour Me In page for
examples of things to colour in
||Pick a number from one to ten. Write it on a piece of paper. Ask the
children to draw sets of things in that number. If the child get number
four, have them draw four apples, four trees, four dogs, and so on. Have
them colour their pictures with crayons and markers.
|Using card or white paper, ask each child to drawn a different body
part of an animal, but to have their animal be a secret. For example,
have one child draw the head, another draw the tail, another the legs
and so on. let the children pick the animal they want to draw.
When they are done have then put the animal together with tape or glue.
Have fun coming up with a name for the animal (monk-dog-lion-potamus).
||Find smooth, flat or round stones or rocks. Be sure to clean off any dirt or
sand and dry completely before starting. Paint with acrylic paints.
Decorate faces by using goggle eyes, yarn for hair, markers, glitter,
and any other bits you like.
You can then use them as nice-looking paperweights to keep all your
homework or paperwork in place.