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Recycled Toys

Recycled Toys
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Engage baby and toddler imaginations and play with everyday recycled objects.

0 minutes
6 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • Boxes (Jewelry and watch boxes are perfect)
  • Plastic food containers (8 & 16 oz peanut butter jars are ideal)
  • Plastic Lids (Large enough to not present choaking hazard)
  • Small tins (Tea and mint boxes)


  1. Thoroughly clean emptied plastic food-safe containers. Remove the labels and residual glue by soaking containers in soapy water and then scrubbing with a vegetable brush.
  2. Collect lids larger and smaller than containers. Remove cardboard lid liners and clean thoroughly.
  3. Thoroughly clean small tins. Inspect for sharp edges at junctures and crimp as necessary.
  4. Provide small toys that will fit into jars. Toddler bean-bags work great.
  5. Let your child use his imagination, reasoning and problem solving skills while playing with the materials.
Multiple containers allow for "pouring & sorting" play.
As little hands become more adept at the mechanics of how lids fit, tighten slightly to increase strength.

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Linda O

Developmental skills