Making Games from Recycled Cardboard
Here we examine various ways of making games from recycled materials like aluminum cans or milk cartons. Children learn valuable lessons from seeing parents recycle and reuse materials, rather than discarding them.
Large flat pieces of cardboard are ideal backing for board games. Personalize your own homemade board games using ideas from your favorites. For example, if monopoly is a favorite, use the general idea for a monopoly board to create your own game on a large piece of recycled cardboard. Create your own street names that have a special meaning to you. Another idea for a board game is to paste small squares to the cardboard in a checkerboard pattern. Bottle caps from soda, juice, or water bottles can be recycled and used in the place of checkers.
Another way to use flat pieces of cardboard is to make homemade puzzles. Paste a favorite picture onto a thin piece of cardboard, or draw your own picture. Photos that you do not mind having cut up, or magazine pictures work wonderfully for this recycled game project. Once the glue has dried, cut into puzzle pieces. This can be done freehand, or you can opt to trace a design onto the puzzle before cutting it out.
Cardboard milk cartons can be made into garages for toy cars. Cut off the top of the milk carton and wash it well. It can be covered in construction paper, or contact paper, to decorate it. Place several milk cartons together and draw a small village on the carton making windows, fuel pumps, car washes and other things that may spark creative young minds as they play with toys cars.
Cardboard toilet paper rolls can be saved and used like wooden logs. Glue them together to make a log cabin! Toilet paper rolls can also be decorated and attached to make a large catapillar or snake.