30 January 2012

Toddler Eco Craft Idea - Lid Necklace

By: Tanya Fyfe (B.Eng(Environmental))

Rather than throwing out used lids, upcycle them into a fun, cheap and eco-friendly craft project with your toddler or child!

My 13 month old son Billy is fascinated by lids. His collection includes lids from jam jars, milk cartons and soft drink bottles. One of his favourite games is simply putting them into and out of a variety of containers. I have demonstrated sorting them by size or colour, but he hasn’t quite got that idea yet! The other day I decided to try something different and reuse some lids to make a ‘necklace’ for him to play with (under my supervision of course).

This is a cheap and eco-friendly craft activity and is very easy to do with your child! Very simply, I punched holes in some plastic lids with a metal skewer and threaded them onto a piece of hat elastic, which being stretchy poses minimal strangulation risk. I also added some colourful pieces of cardboard for a bit of variety, but you could use dried pasta or any other interesting odds and ends you can find. Billy enjoyed fiddling with the ‘beads’ that were already threaded while I finished the necklace, and older children could also help with the threading and material selection. It is probably best for an adult to punch the holes though.

In the end, Billy didn’t really take to the necklace as an accessory but he certainly likes it as a handheld toy!

As bottle lids can’t be recycled, remember to remove them when sorting your recyclables. Here are some other suggestions for reusing lids into eco-friendly craft and play activities for your toddler or child, and we’d love to hear others.

  • Glue to a piece of recycled cardboard or other craft project for an interesting collage
  • Use as counters or to demonstrate concepts such as colour and size
  • Set up a slide using a large book and roll lids down it. Alter the slope to alter the speed!
  • Thread onto bamboo skewers to make your own mini abacus
  • Thread onto string with streamers to make a hanging Christmas decoration.

About the Author: Tanya Fyfe is an eco mum and environmental engineer and lives in the WA goldfields with her husband Andy and son Billy. The family’s aim is to live sustainably and for Billy to grow up understanding where food comes from and how it is produced. They generate solar electricity and have an organic vegie garden and modest orchard irrigated entirely with grey water.

CATEGORY: child, craft, eco, idea, toddler, cheap | POSTED BY: Meg Supel |