3 Recycled Crafts for Playtime

by Lynn Lilly, Aug 16 2021

I love getting crafty with my daughter with things we have at home. Before those cardboard rolls or shoe boxes hit the trash, make something fun your kids can play with! Even if it is just pretend! This week on my Crayola facebook live broadcast I am sharing 3 recycled crafts for playtime! 

All the Crayola supplies I am using today can be purchase on Crayola.com


Project 1: Color Match Game

This is great for the little ones that are just starting to learn their colors. They can help make the craft and then play with it! 

Color Match Game for Toddlers


  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Shoe Box
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Washable markers
  • Crayola Washable Liquid Glue
  • Craft Knife (Adult use only)
  • Scissors


  1. Glue the shoebox lid shut. 
  2. Cut different color strips of paper that fit around the sides and tops of the shoe box. 
  3. Glue the strips side by side around the shoe box.  
  4. Color half of the popsicle sticks different colors to match the colors of the construction paper. Each popsicle stick with have half colored one color.  This is a fun job for the little ones. 
  5. Adults, use the craft knife to cut slits in the box in each color section. Make sure the slits are wide enough to fit the popsicle sticks.

Have your kiddo push the sticks in to each the matching color section. 

Project 2: Bee Craft Roll

Craft Roll Bumble Bee


  • Cardboard Craft Roll
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • 1 Black Pipe Cleaner
  • Crayola Washable Markers
  • Googley Eyes
  • Crayola Washable Liquid Glue
  • Crayola Washable Glue Stick
  • 2 Yellow Pom Poms
  • Scissor


  1. Cut strips of yellow and black paper to fit around the craft roll. Glue the strips around the craft roll alternating colors. 
  2. Cut wings out of yellow paper and glue the craft roll in the center of the wings. 
  3. Glue googley eyes to the front of the craft roll. 
  4. Draw a mouth with a black marker. 
  5. Cut two small pipe cleaners and glue to the inside of the craft roll so they are coming out of the bee's head. Glue a pom pom to each end. 

Buzz Buzz.... this is a fun craft for her kids to keep playing with! 

Project 3: Cardboard Box Computer

My daughter loves my computer and loves a good cardboard box. So I thought why not marry those two for a craft she can use when she pretends to go to work! 

Cardboard Box Computer Craft


  • Cardboard Boot Box or Snack Box
  • Cardboard Craft Roll
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Crayola Bright Pop Cardstock 
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Crayola Washable Glue Stick
  • Craft Knife (Adult Use Only)
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Adults, cut a square out of the front of the box. This is going to be the screen.  Save the piece you cut out. 
  2. Cover the inside of the box by gluing a piece of construction paper on the back wall. 
  3. Cover the outside of the box (screen) with construction paper. 
  4. Use the extra piece from step 1 to cut a rectangle for the keyboard. Keep the excess piece for the base of the monitor. 
  5. Glue a craft roll to the bottom of the monitor and then glue the other end of the craft roll to the base piece of cardboard. 
  6. Cut small squares and rectangles from the Bright Pop Pad and glue them to key board to create keys. 
  7. Use model magic to create the letters "giggle" instead of "google"  and glue those and a search bar made from model magic to the back of the screen. 
  8. Form a mouse with model magic. 

Set up the computer for your kiddos to have a pretend work sessions! 

Happy Crafting Fun! 

Lynn :) 


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