Recycle & Play! Six-Pack Net & Bread Bag Jump Rope

Celebrate Earth Day not only on April 22nd but every day! Make homemade toys and play props by recycling bread bags and plastic six-pack rings. Here’s how…

Six-Pack Ring Net

Materials Needed:
  • Six to eight plastic six-pack rings (a set of connected plastic rings that are used to carry six-packs of beverage cans or plastic bottles of soft drinks–”carrier rings”).
  • Colored masking tape (NMASK)
Let’s Get Started:
  1. Place six-pack rings end-to-end.
  2. Cut small pieces of masking tape (1”-2” long) and use to connect one set of six-pack plastic rings to another set of six-pack plastic rings.
  3. To make the net wider, connect another row of six-pack rings with masking tape above or below the first net. Most nets are two “carrier rings” wide.
  4. Tie pieces of cord to the top and bottom of the last hole on both ends.
  5. Attach the net to chairs, walls, coat racks, or trees.
Use your Floppy Flipper to hit balloons, beach balls or foam balls over the net.
Bread Bag Jump Rope
Materials Needed:
  • 27 empty, flat plastic bread bags

Let’s Get Started:

  1. Place nine bread bags in a row, alternating the top of one bread bag next to the bottom of the next bag.
  2. Cut small pieces of transparent tape and connect one bread bag to the next bread bag by taping the top of one bread bag into the fold of the bottom of the next bread bag in the row.
  3. When one side is taped, turn the row over and tape the bags together on that side.
  4. Continue to make 2 more rows of 9 connected bread bags. You will have a total of 3 long rows of bread bags.
  5. Trifold (fold into thirds) each row of 9 bread bags. Secure with tape.
  6. Lay the rows side by side and knot together at one end.
  7. Braid the three rows of bread bags together into a long jump rope and knot that end.
Preschool children do not jump rope with individual ropes; however ropes can be used for several other activities. Balance ropes on body parts, or walk on top of ropes as a pretend balance beam. Put the ropes on the floor to represent different pathways, or to jump over.
 In my next post, I will share some favorite activities to do with your new homemade Bread Bag Jump Rope or any jump rope!

For now, get started by encouraging your children/students to start recycling by saving lots of bread bags and six-pack carrier rings.

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3 thoughts on “Recycle & Play! Six-Pack Net & Bread Bag Jump Rope

  1. My grandson had an assignement due for class- he is in 3rd grade."Make something useful from recyclables."He and his mom were frantically searching for enough recyclables to create something..his friend made a bunny from a milk jug. This was a bit boring for him. He wanted something that would WOW everyone! Two days before the project was due, he was working on a window valance made from pop tabs. Not very enthused about this one!!!I received the "Sharin' with Sharron" email about the six pack rings and forwarded it to his mom.Yahooooo!!! This had the WOW factor!And Sooooo timely!!! They called our Coke distributor and arranged for 500 six pack rings to be delivered to their house that night!!! (FREE)…that was the minimum she could get.They worked for just an hour and had the nicest vollyball net, they used Sharron's instructions but made it 4 sets wide and a bit longer. The teacher was WOW-ed!!!!The PE teacher was even WOW-ed more!!! She asked him to make some of the nets for their school PE program…his answer: "After I make one more for me for when we go camping!" THANK YOU SHARRON!!!!

  2. You are welcome Marianne! Thanks for sharing the success your grandson experienced in making a useful item of PLAY VALUE out of recyclables. The best part was hearing how he was motivated and excited to make the Six-Pack Net and then to make even more for his school and his family camping trip. WOW-WOW-WOW! That's how all learning should be–meaningful, relevant and FUN! Play more! Sharin' with Sharron

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