Today we have a bunch of fun and easy DIY toys to make out of recycled materials. There are recycled toy ideas for kids of all ages. Grab your recycling bin, some creative recycled materials and make some kid-tested and approved recycled toys.

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Let’s make toys from recycled materials!

Make DIY Recycled Toys from Recycled Materials

These DIY recycle toy ideas are a ton of fun to make and there is something so special about homemade toys and gifts.

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And these homemade toys are extra special because they are made from recycled items around your house. Recycling is always a plus and your kids will love the toys made from recycled materials as much as their impact on the planet.

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DIY REcycled Material Toy Ideas

1. DIY Pool Noodle Lightsaber Toy

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Head to your recycling bin for recycled materials.

Pool Noodle Lightsabers! The ones pictured we were gifted at a party. They are by far our sons’ favorite toys! They love the “Star Wars” element and I love the fact that they don’t hurt each other (or the furniture) as they swing and “use the force” on each other.

Related: Upcycle toilet paper rolls with Star Wars character craft

2. How To Craft A Sponge Ball

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You can make a soft ball for play with this fun recycled material toy idea from Wonderbaby! Cut up sponges into strips and tie them together to make a soft ball. These also make great bath toys or fun for water play outside.

Related: 12 homemade bouncy ball ideas

3. Make a Straw Flute

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Check out how to make a flute out of recycled materials!

Need a quick toy? This is an easy one to make with supplies found at a fast food restaurant – making it a perfect activity for a road-trip. Here are instructions for how to make a toy whistle.

Related: More straw crafts for kids

4. DIY Instruments from the Recycling Bin

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DIY recycling bin musical instruments!

Do you have noisy kids? My children love to make a music. A metal trash can makes a great drum, cut various lengths of PVC pipe and string them up to become a set of chimes, and a variety of lengths of 2x4s can become a fence xylophone.

Related: Cool art ideas with outdoor found objects

5. DIY Wooden Blocks from Found Objects

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Don’t forget your outside recycling bin!

Make your own DIY Wood Blocks, cut up a tree and use the blocks and branches for building in these wooden toys to make.

Related: Make tree blocks or recycled paper blocks

6. Recycled Hanging Waterfall Toy

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Upcycle those plastic cups into a cool waterfall!

Use recycled containers from your bin to make a homemade toy for your preschoolers. Love this waterfall created from yogurt cups.

Related: Make your own backyard water wall with recycled items

7. DIY Jewelry from Recycled Items

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Let’s make recycled material jewelry & medals!

Recycled crafts are fun, especially when they become “bling”. You can decorate lids to become medals and necklaces.

Related: Make paper bead bracelets with recycled paper

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8. Stilts For Kids Made from Recycled Items

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Upcycle old toys into cool stilts.

Wish you were taller? I do! If you still have some beach toys left after making the summer, make a pair of stilts using string and sand castles!

Related: Make a DIY ball and cup game from your recycling bin

9. DIY Drums Kids Can Make

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Let’s make music from our recycling bin!

Explore how sound is made with a DIY drum for kids created from recycled containers.   We covered our tubs with balloons or plastic wrap, got some drum sticks and noise makers (rice, beans, etc.).

Related: Make a rain stick from your recycling bin

10. DIY Shaking Toy

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Oh how much fun can be made from recycled materials!

A great DIY Baby Toy to make for your tot is a collection of discovery bottles. Here is a super simple tutorial on how your kids can explore through rolling and banging bottles.

Related: Make a wind chime from recycled materials

11. Things To Make With Playdough

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Play dough extends many of your recycled material toys!

…and you can’t have a discussion about homemade toys without making a batch of homemade playdough.     Here is a great collection of ideas on how to play with playdough.

Related: Make your own play dough

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Have you made your own recycled toys? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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  2. These are all FANTASTIC ideas. I’m not on pinterest so I haven’t seen them before. We are certainly going to get crafty here today! Thanks!