Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trashy Tuesday (on Wednesday): PlasticBottle Caps and Lids

The day got away from me yesterday!  Phew!  Well, here is the post I meant to write up and send out yesterday...

Polypropylene (plastic type 5) is the culprit of most plastic caps and lids that enclose many of our drinks, food containers and hygiene bottles.  This type of plastic is the hardest plastic to recycle.  So, here I give you some of my ideas along with many other ideas I've found on the web. 

Necklace: Drill holes in the center of lids and lace together with yarn or string.  This is a fun (and simple) activity to do on Earth Day or to add as a manipulative activity to have children do over and over again. 

Use large flat lids (like those that cover food containers) to put glue, paint or even small collage materials on when doing art projects.

Color/Size Sorting.  Lids come in many fun colors (milk lids are great!) and many sizes.

Wheels: Tune in next week when we make a race car with plastic cap wheels!

Game Pieces: I love to make memory games.  If you have plenty of the same size/same color caps/lids you can put stickers on one side then flip over!  I made one about 12 years ago with aluminum concentrate juice lids.  It's still holding strong. :)

I always keep a stash in my art center.  The kids are the ones that come up with the greatest things with them!

Just found this website.  This is going to make my little post seem so lame.
http://www.chasinggreen.org/article/re-using-polypropylene-plastic-type-5-containers/

http://www.chasinggreen.org/article/type-5-plastic-bottle-caps-put-good-use/

As a matter of fact, there are a ton of uses of "trash" under the re-use-it tab.  I may reference this sight often.

3 comments:

  1. Jessi- We love to reuse trash too! I posted about lids way back in September here: http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-would-you-do-with-it-wednesdays-5.html
    Someone linked up a great idea to make flowers with them. We also made little toad stools pairing a lid with a marker top. (My marker top posts have been by far the most popular on my blog.) This is just absolutely amazing here: http://www.artgrange.com/michelleworkshop.html Have fun with those lids!

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  2. katslittleblog.blogspot.comMarch 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I love the necklace idea! Maybe even collage little beads and other neat stuff inside a lid and make that into a necklace . . . hmmm . . . now you have me thinking :)

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  3. This is awesome! I made a musical notation game for my daughter with bottle caps...I love the uses you mention here!

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