Since we live in Florida a huge part of our free time to spent either playing in the sand at our local beach or splashing in the ocean or swimming pool. And what makes pool and beach time more fun? Sand and water toys, of course. Many of the sand and water toys that you will find at the store are made using flimsy (un-eco) plastic that easily cracks and breaks or they get lost or left at the pool – never to been seen again, and probably piling up in a landfill somewhere. So my son and I made a set of sand and water toys and everything we needed was in our recycling bin. The best part: If these toys get left behind at the pool or break – they can be tossed back into the recycling bin. Read on to learn how to whip up a set of recycled sand and water toys for your kiddos.

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What you will need:

– a netted produce bag
-an assortment of different sized containers without lids
– an assortment of different sized containers with shaker lids

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Step 1: Visit your Recycling Bin

Spend a few minutes with your children looking through the discarded contents in your recycling bin. You will be surprised how many different containers are actually perfect for sand and water toys. Collect an armful and head back to your kitchen. Thoroughly wash and dry the containers, since your little ones will be handling them.

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Step 2: Make a Carrying Bag

Using a craft knife, cut an oblong circle at the top of the netted bag to create a handle. Netted produce bags make the perfect sand and water toy carrying bag because of the holes in the netting, allowing the sand and water to drip out.

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Step 3: Assemble the Toys

You can also use small yogurt cups and other food containers as sandcastle molds. We found a discarded Parmesan cheese shaker container to make the perfect sand sifter. After you have assembled all of your “new” sand and water toys, pack them inside of your netted carrying case.

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Step 4: Enjoy the Surf and Sand

Watch your child enjoy a day at the beach playing with sand and water toys that they created from objects slated for recycling. Just don’t forget the SPF!