15 Ways to Recycle Jar Lids in Kids Activities

Recycle colorful jar lids for awesome activities with preschoolers. Jar lids of all sizes and colors are easy to reuse for hands-on learning through play. Kids from toddler to kindergarten age will love these fun activities with jar lids.

15 ways to use jar lids in kids activities

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Recycled materials such as jar lids provide interesting opportunities for crafting with preschoolers. Using recyclables reduces the cost of crafting, and puts packaging, and other materials destined for the garbage, to good use.

This roundup includes activities to promote counting and sorting, and crafts that involve painting and gluing. There are even suggestions for making gifts for family and friends.

Jar lid crafts and activities

These simple crafts and activities cover a wide range of options, making it easy to plan daily activities with toddlers and preschoolers.

Choose from over 15 amazing suggestions for hands-on fun. Engage kids fine motor and creative skills with these fun ways to reuse jar lids.


Bugs and Flowers and Father's Day Fun


Kids activities with jar lids


Make music together with a mini banjo craft found at The Craft Train.

Reward dad with a Father's Day Medal like this one from Red Ted Art.

Preserve memories with picture frames craft created by Red Ted Art.

Cute glitter bugs can be made with recycled lids. See the details at Crafts by Amanda.

Upcycle lids into flower stamps with this activity from Emma Owl.

Preserve a bit of nature with mason jar lid flowers  from 123Homeschool4me.

Use lids in a shape sort activity here at Preschool Toolkit.


Sorting and Splashing and Holiday Crafting


Recycled jar lid crafts for kids


posting activity from Emma Owl is an invitation for kids to play with jar lids.

Lids can be used for a sorting activity here at Preschool Toolkit.

Use a sensory bin for some sailboats water play See how to set it up at My Bored Toddler.

Make a Christmas ornament with a jar lid like this one at PreKPages.

Buttons and a jar lid make a beautiful wreath craft from Happy Hooligans.

A melting snowman ornament is easy to make with white lids. Full details on our Preschool Toolkit blog.

Mason jar lids take on a festive touch in this decorated gift jar from Mosswood Connections.


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