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Posted May 19, 2014 by Elmers
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    Recycled Bottle Animal

    Make a silly animals like a cow, a pig, or even an elephant, from a recycled plastic bottle. These recycled bottle animals are fun to make and play with. All you need to get started is a clean, empty plastic bottle and a few craft supplies.
    • Moderate
    • 2 hr
    • 5 - 10

    Supplies Needed


    • Have students research the animals they created. Ask each student to write four interesting facts about their animal on a note card. Place students' note cards with their animals, and display them around the room.
    • Encourage students to think about where their animals live. Have students locate the regions on a classroom map or globe.
    • Animals typically live in groups or families. Introduce students to some of the collective nouns used for animal groups. Examples include an army of ants, a nest of mice, and a troop of monkeys. Give students a collective noun, and encourage them to guess the correct animal family it belongs to.
    • Discuss recycling with your students. Talk about the importance of practicing the three Rs—reducing, reusing, and recycling. Ask students to brainstorm ways that they can reduce the amount of trash they produce. Ask students to brainstorm ways that they can reuse things more than once. (This project is a great example of reusing an item in a different way.) Ask students to list all of the items that they recycle in their homes.


    1. Decide on the animal you would like to create.
    2. Paint a plastic bottle to resemble the animal you chose. Let the paint dry completely.
    3. Decorate your animal with paint, construction paper, and pipe cleaners. Be sure to add legs, ears, wings, and a tail.
    4. Glue two Jiggly Eyes to the plastic bottle. Let the glue dry completely.
    5. Name your recycled bottle animal and display it for others to see!


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