Recycling Project: K-Cup Challenge

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How can these little cups be reused in fun, creative, and interesting ways?

You will want to collect a whole bunch of cups, with and without holes, for this project.

No K-Cups? Use a small Dixie cup, bathroom cups, or disposable shot glasses for the following challenge ideas.

Here are your challenge areas, choose as many as you want…try them all if you can…

Make A Game – Think about how one cup or a few cups can be used to make a carnival type game or a guessing game. We made a stacking cup game with ours. Try to create an opportunity to collect points or use a scoring element. Don’t forget to write down or draw instructions if you need to.

An Organizer – Can you think of a way they can be put together to help organize something small? How can they be used for something larger?

A Craft – Make a simple or complicated craft.

A Musical Instrument – What kind of instrument can you make with a K-Cup or two?

Gardening Tool – How can a cup or two be used as a gardening tool?

An Experiment – There are lots of cool experiments that require small cups, see if you can find one, or make something up on your own.

Bird Feeder – You may need to put a few cups together for this.

A Puzzle or Brain Game – How can these cups be used to create a puzzle or a brain game?

A Magic Trick – There are lots of DIY magic tricks you can do with simple household objects. Make one up if you can too!

A Flower – How can a cup be turned into a flower?

Hint: This may require a scissor.

Something of Your Own Choosing – Take a minute or two to look at a small cup and allow your imagination to go wild. There are a great many things these little cups can be used for. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil, and draw or write down any ideas you may have. Don’t worry if some of them are silly or complicated.

Tip: Use the holes to your advantage whenever possible.

Some of the extra things you may need for this challenge:

Rubber Band – Clear Wrap – BBs or Beans – Bottle Tops – Old Rice – A Die (or dice) – Seeds and Soil – Chopsticks – Ping Pong Ball – Cardboard Box – Playing Cards – Hot Glue – Bird Seed – Craft Supplies – Paper – A Small Ball – Scissor – Baking Soda & Vinegar – Permanent Marker – Small Hole Punch – Twine or String

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