Craft projects are a great way for you to encourage your children to explore their creativity – and they don’t have to cost much money. Simply raid your recycling bins for these cheap and easy activities!

bee creative

bee creative

Make your garden mason bee friendly by creating a simple bee house. These small bees like to live in ready-made holes like hollow stems, so open an old clean tin at both ends (ensuring there are no jagged edges), then thread a string through it and tie the ends together, so you can hang your house. Next, fill the tin with twigs, hollow sticks and tubes of paper (wrap them around a pencil five times so they’re the perfect size and sturdy, and trim shorter than the tin, so they don’t get wet in the rain. Hold in place with tape). When you’re ready, secure your house about a metre off the ground in a nice sunny, open spot.

milk it

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Finished your milk? Wash the bottle out then transform it into a bird feeder! Cut a small window out of the side so you can pour your seeds or nuts in, add a small hole beneath that and insert a pencil into it to create a perch, then tie string around the lid so you can hang it in a tree.

You can also use empty plastic trays or egg boxes. Simply punch a hole in each corner and thread string through them. Tie the bottom ends to stop the string slipping through the holes, then tie together at the top so you can hang the feeders. Then all you have to do is fill your feeders! Fill them with seeds and watch all sorts of birds flock to your garden!

go potty

go potty

Got empty drinks bottles? Use them to make bunny plant pots! Using a marker pen, draw around the bottom part of the bottle with a pair of bunny ears coming out the top. Cut along your lines, poke some holes in the base for water to drain out, then let your little ones decorate the pots – they could paint them white and draw a cute bunny face on the front.

You could use your pots to try growing peppers from scratch. Just fill them with soil, add a few seeds (next time you cook with peppers, save the seeds, dry them out and store in a dark, cool place until you’re ready to use them), then water and leave to grow on a sunny windowsill.