Take advantage of summer and homeschooling to teach your kids about the environment, how to save the planet, and recycling. These topics work well for parents who are homeschooling (think science and art classes). Here are 22 easy crafts that use recycled items:

1. Teach your kids about germs, then make these cute germs out of toilet paper tubes, markers, and construction paper. Also check out these fun printable germ coloring pages.

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2. Turn a white paper plate, craft paint, plastic spoon, pipe cleaner and construction paper into a celestial angel.

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<p>3. Turn an egg carton, pipe cleaner, paint, and wiggly eyes into as cute a caterpillar as possible.</p>
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<p>4. Who doesn’t love Tinker Toys?  Make your own at home using toilet paper tubes, plastic spools and straws.  Here are the complete instructions on how to make DIY Tinker toys.</p>
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<p>5. You’ll never throw away your empty toilet paper tubes again after making these adorable insects.  Here’s how to make a bee, a ladybug and a butterfly.</p>
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<p>6. A plastic lid on a jar (mayonnaise jar, for example), a button and a moving eye make a cute fancy fish.</p>
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<p>7. All you need is a pair of scissors to turn a milk jug into a planter.  Milk jug garden, anyone?</p>
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<p>8. Save that empty coffee can and create a vase or pencil holder.  All you need is felt, lace, glue and embellishments.</p>
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<p>9. Save those plastic soda bottle lids and make this adorable robot.  Punch a hole in the center of each lid and string them on wire.  Use twist ties for hands and glue wiggly eyes.</p>
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<p>10. Cover empty containers of various sizes with construction paper and other embellishments to use as storage.  Here are more ideas for empty produce containers.</p>
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<p>11. Drink lots of wine <span>corks lying around?  (No judgment here!) Cork painting is a fun, economical activity for kids, and a great way to use up those wine corks.</p>
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<p><span>12. Cut the middle (only one side!) of a soda bottle with scissors.  Add string or yarn to each end for hangers, fill with garden soil and add a plant.  These look lovely hanging on a fence, balcony or in a tree.</p>
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<p><span>13. Here’s another fun DIY with toilet <a class=paper rolls! This time, turn them into bunnies with construction paper and small pom poms. Do a lot, because rabbits multiply quickly.

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<p><span>14. If your child wants a dog, make him make one!  All he needs are toilet paper tubes (legs), egg carton (body), bottle stopper (nose), strips of cardboard (hair), yarn (whiskers) and two objects various randomly matched (eyes).  To show creativity!</p>
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<p><span>15. Save those chicken berries or rotisserie containers and create mini greenhouses or seed starters.  Just add a cut-to-size egg carton and potting soil.</p>
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<p><span>16. Watch white plastic spoons, felt and construction paper become fun puppets with bunnies and chicks.  Here are the complete instructions for DIY spoon puppets.</p>
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<p><span>17. Plastic bottle caps make great tic-tac-toe game pieces!  The question is, are you going to let your child win or not?</p>
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<p><span>18. Did you know that you can make a floor mat out of plastic bags?  No kidding!  Watch this video that explains how.</p>
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<p><span>19. These fun mini mariachis are made of plastic spoons, colored tape, a mini plastic egg, foil, and beans or pebbles.  Stay tuned, as full instructions on how to make DIY mini mariachis are coming soon!</p>
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<p>20. Who said doll furniture has to be expensive?  Here’s how to turn simple recycled materials into a DIY doll couch!</p>
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<p>21. Play “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” while making these simple rainbows out of toilet paper tubes, cotton balls and paint.</p>
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<p>22. Bundle raffia or straw around a vase and secure it with a piece of string (you can also cover a coffee can with construction paper).  Fill with pebbles or a piece of Styrofoam.  Group the colorful spoons together and insert them to create a fun vase of tulips.</p>
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