We love recycling and we love art and we love to play with our recycled items. I was very excited to be apart of a super cool blog series called 60 Day Junk Play Challenge hosted by Best Toys for Toddlers. She has graciously invited other Kid Bloggers to each share a post focusing on 1 “junk” item. I choose recycled bottle caps because I knew that we had a huge amount saved from previous tot trays and busy bag activities.
I have kept our washed and dried bottle caps in an empty coffee container until we outgrew that! Then we continued to save lids and containers to store them. I even enlisted the help of other homeschool families and families with lots of children to save their milk and juice lids. This resulted in a nice variety of colors and sizes.
We recently ordered pizzas for dinner. This turned into our canvas for our bottle cap art. Princess took point on this project as I knew she would but Lil’ Red loved exploring all the caps as well. This means dumping them all over the kitchen table and floor as well as putting them into one container and then another. He is the classic exploring toddler!
Princess created her design first by sorting out all the lids we had to see what colors were available. She decided to create a Spring scene first which included a sun, flower, and white bunny!
Then her head began to fill with ideas. She wanted to make a gift for grandma’s birthday even though it’s not till May! She wanted to create a lovely sports inspired piece for her uncle and a quilt square inspired piece for her aunt. I think all of her ideas were quite lovely.
Since Princess is 10 3/4 years old she is allowed to use a hot glue gun. She is still supervised but with younger children you may want to select a different cool temp gun or a different glue all together. I think sticky backed paper for the really young would be fun. I might try this with Lil’ Red when he wakes up from his nap.
I hope these simple Bottle Cap Art projects inspire you in your junk play. I hope your little ones enjoy playing with your recycled items as much as we did. If you’d like more inspiration for junk play check out the 60 Day Junk Play pinterest board.
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