Teach your kids the fine art of upcycling with this super fun creative idea– TRASH ROBOTS
My husband thinks I keep garbage. But this time…I actually did. I hoarded ACTUAL GARBAGE! and He about had a heart attack….but I had a vision! Through in some Duct Tape and let the kids create!
You are going to want to keep egg cartons, cardboard boxes, cool whip, sour cream containers, milk jugs, pop bottles etc!
We made ours into a competition and made people on social media vote- so they had to grab trash two at a time and take it to their spot and then come back for two more. If it’s not a competition you can just have everyone sit around the trash circle and grab as they need!
Duct tape works great with most of the trash- so we included some scissors and then they just created!
It kept them entertained for about a good hour (some longer!)
He taped cars to the bottom of his to make it roll
This reminds me of a mix between gingy (from shrek) and wall-E
You could do this with hot glue..but that requires more adult supervision than just ripping off the tape.
If you want more fun trash ideas. Check out this shoe box roundup and all these fun upcycle projects!
Absolutely fantastic, good job mama!
Kelli @ RTSM says
I love those robots…and my boys would too! I think the one with the cars on the bottom is my favorite! Totally something that my boys would do:)
This brings back such memories!! When I was a kid my dad used to make me Barbie furniture using "trash". I was the envy of all my friends because he would also take scraps of fabric from mom's scrap bag and "upholster" the furniture as well. I had a cradle, papasan chair, sofa, end tables, coffee table, round dining room table w/ chairs, and footstools. It was cool!! Every time we moved he would start all over again… and we will a military family who moved every 18 to 36 months. Our younger two boys (at 14 and 11) still hoard stuff to be reused. 🙂
Sandy @ The Mommy's Place says
Wow what great use of trash. Everyone in our home is reading post with me and they want try it.
Beth @beth-adam.blogspot.com says
The street that I grew up on had an Environmental Study Center at the end of it, and I used to LOVE going down there. One of my favorite things to see was this GIANT (I'm talking over 12 feet at least) trash man! It was part of their display about how much trash there really is. If I can find a picture of it, I will totally post it and send it to you because these cute little guys remind me so much of him!! 🙂
My little boy turns 4 next month. I have had his party planned for months. We are doing this! Great hoarders think a like!
wow girl! you take hoarding to another level! i wonder… is it still hoarding if you ACTUALLY use the stuff you save? i think a true hoarder just becomes obsessed with the keeping of the junk… you my friend are an artist!
Kim & Stacy, it isn't hoarding or garbage when the stuff is for art!
It is so good to see children using their imaginations…and for parents who encourage it. Gives me hope for our future leaders (and we do need leaders in all countries who can see outside the box).
I'll be definitely blogging about this. Hopefully I'll be able to link directly to you…(new at all the terminology & how tos)
Thanks for doing this for your children Kim! You do so rock!
I LOVE THIS> so much so, that I had to stop what I was doing and feature it on Craft Gossip, LOVE! http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/from-garbage-comes-imagination/
Oh how fab. I LOVE Your robots! They turned out brilliantly. What fun. And thank you for linking to Recycled Get Crafty. Trash play is great play!!!!
Do come and link up to my weekly linky party if ou fancy it! (every Wednesday) http://www.redtedart.com/2011/01/05/kids-get-crafty-3-kings-dressing-up/
Love the projects! I use to ask for donations like these when I was teaching Pre-K and did the same thing with my kiddos. They can come up with some really cool creations!