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Recycled Animals

We throw away thousands of plastic bottles every day. Here’s an opportunity to give them a second life and teach children the importance of recycling at the same time.


Empty plastic bottles and containers (i.e. water bottles or 2 liter soda bottles)
Elmer’s Squeeze ’n Brush
Elmer’s Washable School Glue Gel
Construction paper
Pipe cleaners
Paper cups
Paper plates etc.


Have each student decide on an animal they would like to create and gather the supplies needed to create that animal. It can even be an animal of their own creation.

Allow students time to create their animal.

Use a plastic bottle or similar type of container for the animal’s body

Encourage the students to use creativity and details in their decoration

Set animals aside to dry

This craft reprinted courtesy of Elmers.

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she’s not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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