Keeping Active with Recycled Materials

While the museum is closed the JMM team is coming together to bring some of our favorite activities from our recent family programs direct to your homes. Each collection of materials will be inspired by either one of our exhibits, Jewish History, or a Jewish holiday. All of the activities we share will be designed for families to complete together and only require supplies you are likely to already have in your home. The activities we offer will vary from crafts, activities, games, scavenger hunts, and online story times.

To kick off we take inspiration from both our current exhibit Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, and my stir-crazy kids. The exhibit explores how historically the scrap industry was one that often attracted recent Jewish immigrants, the industry required little English or investment and so was often a good option. The exhibit tells how both the industry and the people in it have transformed over the last century. 

Take a look at the activities below, you can open the attachments for a full pack of material to download that outlines what you will need and how to enjoy the activity!

Tin can relay race

This game can get a little messy but as the weather improves it is a great way to cool off. I admit this isn’t one we were able to try in the Museum but it is great fun for the whole family.

Supplies needed:

Two tin cans of roughly the same size that have been cleaned out


Enough space to set up a start and finish line

Soda Bottle Bowling

Who doesn’t love bowling? This spin on one of our nation’s favorite pastimes does require a little collection of materials but once you have everything in place it can provide hours of entertainment, why not a family contest?

Supplies needed:

Nine plastic bottles (We used two liter bottles but you could use something smaller)

An inflatable plastic ball (We found an 8 inch ball worked well)

Stacking Cups

We really had fun with this activity in the museum, again it does require the collection of some materials.

Supplies needed:

Ten cleaned yogurt pots


Recycled Bingo

One of the things the JMM team learned while developing Scrap Yard is the extent of recycled materials around us.

Use these bingo sheets while taking a walk in your neighborhood, of course while being careful to social distance. All of the items pictured are made using at least some recycled materials.

Grown-ups you can refer to the included guide to discover a little more about the items featured!

Supplies needed:

Download and print our bingo sheets and guide.

A pencil

Keep Discovering

If you are still interested in learning more about recycling check out some of the resources below, plus check back next week when we will have more great activities inspired by Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling.

Explore the stories of individuals who have worked in the scrap industry.

Read a scrap-inspired story together!
Listen to music created with recycled materials.

We hope you’ll share photos with us of you and your family enjoyinh some of our crafts and activities! Share on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr pages and be sure to use the hashtag #MuseumFromHome!