DIY Stacking Toys from Recyclables

Recycle packaging and other containers to use as stacking toys with preschoolers. Stacking toys promote creative hands-on play. Using recyclables helps provide simple activities with no cost and easy set up.

DIY stacking toys from recyclables - Preschool Toolkit

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As parents, teachers and care givers of early learners we know the value of reusing and recycling materials. Recyclables can be used for arts and crafts projects, for counting and sorting activities, and for storage solutions.

Empty packages also make excellent stacking toys!

Stacking toys should be sturdy enough to be handled over and over but not hard enough to hurt the builder when they topple!

Cardboard and plastic are probably your best options but you may have other recyclables available that would work well.

Make sure packaging is clean and dry and free of sharp parts such as staples.


DIY stacking toys


Besides being used as paint pots and plant starters, yogurt and pudding cups make great pyramids!


DIY Stacking Toys - using recyclables for stacking and building

Ribbon spools are great for stacking. They are light weight but provide a stable base.

Bath soap boxes are easy for younger children to handle. For more of a challenge, stack these boxes on their edges.

DIY Stacking Toys - using recyclables for stacking and building


Tissue boxes can be stacked like bricks. In fact, you can cover them with brick design paper for an arts and crafts project, then take them to the block corner for construction projects. They are the largest of the stacking options and can be used empty or full!


DIY Stacking Toys - using recyclables for stacking and building

Stack and unstack disposable cups for a fine motor counting activity.

Paper baking cups are often sold in clear plastic containers that are perfect for stacking.


Stacking toys come from the most unlikely sources. Do you have other interesting choices for stacking toys?


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