Recycling Project: K-Cup Challenge

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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Wintery Word Search – How quickly can you find the words hidden in this puzzle?

Winter Word Scramble – Unscramble the winter related words

A Frosty Words Within Words – How many words can you make?

An Icy Cold Experiment – Try this fun balloon experiment.


Frosty Fractals – A fun math art project.

Creative Inspirations: Winter Themed – Get your creative juices flowing with these winter themed words.

Make A Snowflake – This activity can be made from recycled paper.

Snowy Trivia – Enjoy a seasonal trivia-based research project.


Seasonal Recipe Challenge: Oatmeal Packet Challenge – Turn an plain old packet of oatmeal into something more interesting.

DIY: Springtime Word List – Get ready for spring by making a list of words you can use all season long for various activities.

From Bud To Bloom – Have some fun with this seasonal observation project.

Wildflower Research Project – Take in and learn about the beauty of the season with this self-driven wildflower study. Activity suggestions provided to help get you started.


The Measurements of Spring – If April showers bring forth May flowers, how much does it rain during the season of spring? How much does the temperature change?

Word Hunt Spring Edition 2022 – How many words can you make?

Spring Word Scramble 2022 – Unscramble these spring related words.

Spring Word Find 2022 – How quickly can you find the 12 words hidden in this puzzle?


Flower Value – Enjoy learning the value of your favorite flowers.

Spring Criss-Cross Puzzle 2022 – Fit the words proved into the puzzle grid.

Words With Words: Spring Edition 2022 – How many words can you make from the words provided?

Recycling Project : K-Cup Challenge – Can you figure out a way to make one or more of the suggested challenges?


Grow A Three Sisters Garden – Learn about companion planting while you grow a garden that features beneficial plants.

Summer Word Find – How quickly can you find the 12 words hidden in this summer-related puzzle?

DIY Backyard Skeet Ball – Make your own skeet ball type game for the backyard or park with the suggestions in this post.

A Summer Adventure – Go on an imaginary or real summer adventure with the suggestions provided.

DIY Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe – There are a lot of creative ways to make a tic-tac-toe board for the backyard or park. Choose a way suggested or get inspired to come up with something on your own.


Summer Word Scramble – How long will it take you to unscramble these summer-related words?

Make A Night Of it!When was the last time you took advantage of a beautiful summer night? Have you taken the time to picnic, moon gaze, or explore the stars on a clear night? Why not plan to make a night of it!

Summer Words Within Words – How many words can you make with the letters provided?

Observe Pond Life – Once the summer is in full swing, there are many things to see and hear near a pond or lake. Take some time to observe what’s going on around one.


Summer Criss-Cross – Fill in the puzzle with the summer-related words provided in the word bank.

Water Balloon Running Bases -The summer is in full swing as the days get hotter. This fun game can help you and a group of friends and/or family members cool down a little.

Summer Songs CryptoCan you decode these summer songs?

Set Up A Talent Show – Why not end the summer by having a talent show so family, friends, and neighbors can show off their stuff?


Summer Word Wheel – How long will it take you to figure out the main word in this puzzle? How many words can you make? How many bonus words can you make?

Recycle Project: Water Bottle Challenge – Save or collect as many water bottles (of any size) during the summer to do as many of the challenges offered in this post.

Fall Word Search – How quickly can you find the 12 words hidden in this puzzle?

Fall A-Z List – Use the suggested activities offered in this post or make up your own.

Fall Word Search Recipe: Warm Cranberry Punch – While you are waiting for your punch to cook, see how long it will take you to do the word search offered.

Picture Word Find: Fall Edition

Fall Word Scramble

I Spy: Fall Edition

Words Within Words: Halloween Edition

Halloween Word Search

Fall Wreath Word Search

Fall Fill-In

Thanksgiving Word Scramble 2022

Word Wheel: Leftovers

Picture Word Find Christmas Edition

Christmas Song Cryptogram

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