Girl Scout Recycling Craft Bonanza!

Use recycled items for Girl Scouts to hold a craft bonanza.


Tapping into Creativity

Girl Scouts love to create!  One fun way to tap into that creativity and work on problems solving skills at the same time is by doing a recycling craft bonanza.  It is so simple!

Variety of Items

Just provide the girl scouts with a variety of items that are headed for the trash along with scissors, tape, glue, and string.  Let them decide what they are going to make and how to do it.

Offering Suggestions

The adult role in this project is to help problem solve being very careful to let the girl scout be in charge of the creation.  When asked you will offer suggestions or show a process or technique so the girl scout can complete the creation as independently as possible.

Gathering Items for the Bonanza

Here are some things which might be provided for the Recycling Craft Bonanza:

From the house

  • plastic lids all sizes, shapes, and colors
  • old greeting cards
  • card board rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, and aluminum foil
  • old puzzle pieces
  • parts from old games
  • pieces of yarn or fibers
  • old fabric
  • small boxes
  • empty salt and oatmeal containers
  • empty small plastic containers like yogurt or single serving fruit containers
  • packing materials like foam or cardboard
  • drinking straws
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • old magazines

From outside

  • pinecones
  • sticks
  • feathers
  • seed pods
  • acorns, walnuts, and  buckeyes
  • bird seed

Build Amazing Creations

Once they get the idea, girl scouts will build amazing creations with the discarded parts.  It is sometimes hard for girl scout adults not to take control of the process.  It is more helpful to everyone if the girl scout adult makes a creation alongside the girl scouts.

What do your girls create with recycled items? Please let us know by leaving a comment! We would love to hear from you!