“What are you doing?”
“I’m putting this away.”
Ok so my little stash of plastic scoops may be a little odd to some people, but to me it makes perfect sense. I’ve been saving the plastic scoops that come with the laundry powder for a long time because they are useful, they are useful for play.
It’s not just plastic scoops that I stash in the cupboard to use one day, I save all kinds of other recyclables to use for art, or play, or learning.
If you are new to the idea saving things for play, or you’re wondering what to do with all the stuff you’ve already crammed into your art and craft cupboard, I’ve got you covered. Here’s my ultimate list of 35 things to save for play, and a whole heap of ideas for how to reuse or recycle these items for art, crafts, play and learning.
I’ve shared a couple of ideas for each item, with links to awesome some bloggers with great ideas and information. Of course there are lots more things you can do with all these items, use your imagination or simply give your collection over to your kids and see what they come up with!
Make sure all the recycled items you collect are clean and safe for play. Be especially aware of small parts that may come loose if you are using them with small children who put things in their mouth.
35 Things to Save for Play!
Large Plastic Containers – big containers with lids are great for storage, make a posting box for toddlers, or connect four together and use them for sensory or imaginative play.
Cereal Boxes – cut the sides off and these make the perfect base for collage and lots of other craft projects. They are great for box construction, building and creating, make this cereal box parking garage or a cereal box paper organiser or a window easel.
Old Computers and Other Electronics – Keep your old keyboards for awesome dramatic play, you can also pop the individual keys off to use for loose parts or letter learning, but the best thing to do with old appliances is to have fun taking them apart!
Cardboard Boxes – collect them all, big and small! Use a big one to make a town, or a tunnel. Use a medium sized one for imaginative play, or to make a play kitchen. Use a smaller one to make a tugging box for toddlers or this cool marble maze for older kids.
Plastic Mesh and Mesh Bags – this makes an interesting collage material and leaves great imprints on play dough or clay, or use it to make these simple mesh paint dabbers, or for beginner sewing.
Wood Scraps and Off Cuts – Add wood scraps to play dough, or make glued wood sculptures, or find lots more ideas for creating and using wood here.
Plastic Scoops and Spoons – Find them in laundry powder, or powdered drinks. They are great for water play, in the sand pit, for sensory play, especially with sand or seeds, and scooping and transferring activities.
What would you add to this list?
What do you stash away in the cupboard because you just know it will be fun or useful one day?
Or perhaps you have some great ideas for how to use some of these recycled items?
Leave me a comment below and let me know what great things you save for play.