Recycled Game Art

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder


Game boards, game pieces and cards can be recycled and used to create art, frames and fun collages.

Remember sitting with your mum and dad playing a fun game of Snakes and Ladders®? For many of us, childhood memories revolve around board games. But how many of us have games in the closet that are missing pieces, or bags of game pieces without boards to play them on? Don’t throw them out! Your colourful assortment of knickknacks can be recycled and used to make fun art projects.

Game Frame

An old or unused frame can be transformed into a child’s work of art!

  • Buy inexpensive frames at a craft store, or use ones that are sitting beside those discarded games pieces in the closet.
  • Have your child glue games pieces or game cards around the border of the frame. Allow it to dry and insert their favourite picture.

Abstract Art

A sheet of construction paper can be transformed into a 3D work of art!

  • Give your child various game pieces and game cards and let him glue them in various patterns on the paper.
  • Glitter can be sprinkled on dots of glue to create a shimmering effect and add sparkle!

Board Whimsy

Make a collage out of an old game board!

  • Let your child select photos of himself, friends or family, and cut them to fit into game squares (or you could print pictures off of the computer).
  • Glue them onto the squares, or wherever it works on the game board. Maybe Grandma is sliding down a chute in the Snakes and Ladders® board game!
  • Hang the creation in your child’s bedroom or in the toy room!