Replacing Plastic Water Bottles


What can a kid do to impact the environment? Learn about how using a refillable water bottle is a simple way to make a big difference.


1. Grabbing a plastic water bottle is a quick and easy way to bring water on the go. What are the environmental, financial and other costs for this convenience? Research the true "cost" of manufacturing, using and disposing of a plastic water bottle.

2. Share your findings with your class. What water bottle facts surprised you? It is difficult to completely avoid using plastic water bottles. What are some ways you can reduce your dependence on plastic water bottles? What can you do with the plastic water bottles you do use? Break into small groups and brainstorm ideas.

3. Creating art from recycled materials, like a plastic water bottle, is a positive way to reuse a discarded item. Select a recycled plastic bottle to create a project. Using Crayola® Crystal Effects Window Markers, decorate the bottle with different colors, shapes and designs. The markers created a cool, iced effect that makes the bottle shine!

4. Display the recycled art projects in a gallery alongside information about plastic water bottle waste in a prominent area in your classroom or school. Use your creativity to create awareness!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).


  • What are some other creative crafting ideas for water bottles and other recycled materials? Sponsor an eco-art show to help celebrate Earth Day in your school.
  • Visit a local recycling facility. Find out what happens after you place an item in the recycling bin. Create a poster depicting the life cycle of a water bottle.
  • Extend recycled materials into other areas of the curriculum. How can you incorporate water bottles and other recyclables into lesson plans for social studies or math? Creative use of these materials can help with rich, hands-on learning experiences.

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crayola supplies
  • Window Markers
  • Window Mega Markers
  • Crystal Effects Window Markers
household supplies
  • recycled plastic water bottle



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children research the environment, financial and other costs of creating and using plastic water bottles.

  • Students work in small groups to list viable solutions for reducing plastic water bottle use and brainstorm ideas to positively deal with plastic water bottles.

  • Students create recycled art from plastic water bottles.

  • Children display recycled art and water bottle use facts in a gallery to raise environmental awareness.


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