Auntie Litter

ball in a jug

Auntie's Ball in a Jug

This project is hours of REUSABLE fun. You will need:

An empty one-gallon plastic milk jug
An old sock
An old stocking
A two-foot piece of string

Cut off the bottom of the milk jug starting just below the handle, so that it looks like a big scoop. Put the sock in the stocking and tie it in a knot to form a ball. Attach one end of the string to the ball and the other to the jug handle. Now try to catch the ball with the jug. Or... you and a friend can remove the string and toss the ball from scoop to scoop.


paper hats

Paper Hats

Make hats out of newspaper.

Fold a sheet of newspaper in half.

Bring the corners down until they meet.

Fold up the bottom edge on top and then turn over and fold up the other bottom edge in the opposite direction.

Staple or tape the corners.

Let children decorate with paints or construction paper scraps.


sand sculpture

Sand Sculpture in a Jar

Small, clean jar
Dry sand (sugar or oats will work too)
Box of colored chalk

You’ll be coloring the sand with the chalk, so put a small amount of sand on each plate- one for each of the selected colors. Rub one color of chalk through the sand in one plate. It will start to color the sand. Do the same for each color. With your jar, start making layers of colored sand, a little at a time. Keep doing this until you have completely filled the jar at the top. If it is not totally packed, the sand will shift. Be sure to cap the jar tightly. You can paint or decorate the jar lids too.


bird feeder

Build a Bird Feeder

3 Easy Steps

Use a 3-liter plastic bottle. Ask an adult to help with this part. Cut 4 holes on the sides of the bottle (from which the birds will feed).

Make small slits (like an X), 1 inch under the holes, and slide a dowel through them. Use an eye screw through the cap of the bottle or a nylon cord looped to hang.

Fill your feeder with birdseed and hang outside near a window.
Watch the different birds that come!




Have each student bring one clean pizza box and twenty-four plastic milk bottle tops. Provide markers, paint and rulers.

Measure and mark the inside of the pizza box with 2" x 2" squares. Color them in a checkerboard pattern using two colors of markers. Make two different colored sets of twelve game pieces out of the plastic milk bottle tops. If necessary, paint the tops.


tic tac toe

Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Have each child bring an empty, clean cereal box and twelve plastic milk bottle tops. Provide markers, rulers and safety scissors.

Cut out the back panel of the box for the game board. Draw a three by three game board with two-inch squares on the inside panel. Paint two sets of six tops to be used for game pieces.


puzzle pieces

Make a Puzzle

You will need 1 cereal box, safety scissors, and a crayon or marker.

Cut the front and back panels off the box (recycle the rest). Draw puzzle pieces and cut them out. Mix them up and put the pictures back together.