When you’re done using Ziploc® brand bags, you can either recycle them at a local store drop-off if clean and dry or use them as materials in several kid-friendly projects.

To help you get started, we’ve scoured the web and compiled some of our favorite projects that use Ziploc® brand bags, including colorful fish, ice cream making and a scientific experiment that will wow both young and old.

Be sure to visit the links provided for full instructions, since we’ve only summarized them here. We’re not the experts, although we do like ice cream.

Ziploc® brand Fish

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Maybe your young one isn’t ready for the responsibility of owning fish yet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t create a fish or two.

All they’ll need is a Ziploc® brand bag (either sandwich or gallon size), some colorful paper, a rubber band or string, a marker, glue, tape and some googly eyes.

Start by folding the bottom corners of the bag so it looks like an arrow. Tape them securely and this will become the head and mouth of your fish. Next, fill your bag with the paper and seal. Then, pinch and tie the bag near the opening with a string or rubber band and the end of the Ziploc® brand bag will become the tail. Draw on a face with your marker then add some googly eyes and your fish is complete. Unless, of course, you want to give it a name, which we totally understand.

Paint Bag Writing

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This simple project is especially great for toddlers since it can help them build fine motor skills while having a blast.

All you have to do for this one is put some finger paint or tempera paint into a Ziploc® brand Freezer bag, seal it then distribute the paint around the bag. Then your budding artist can either write or doodle with their fingers, or even uses a cotton swab. When they’re done, all it takes to start over is moving the paint around.

The Leak-Proof Bag

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Have a budding scientist or jokester in the house? If so, they’ll love this one.

For this project, you’ll need a Ziploc® brand bag, water and several sharpened pencils. (Don’t worry, no one will hold it against you if they’re not #2s.)

Fill the Ziploc® brand bag half full of water and zip it closed. Hold a pencil in one hand while using the other hand to poke the pencil through the bag. When the pencil goes in one side and comes out the other, no water will spill out. Why? Because Ziploc® brand bags are made of a polymer, which have long chains of flexible molecules. When you poke the pencil into the plastic, the point slides in between the chain of molecules that make up the polymer, and the chain makes a seal around the pencil that won’t let the water escape.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Photo/Project Source: tastykitchen.com

Here’s one that will be as much fun for the parents as for the kids since, well, it’s ice cream!

Put 1 cup of half-and-half into a pint-sized Ziploc® brand bag. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Repeat using three more pint-sized Ziploc® brand bags, then seal them and place in the freezer.

You’ll also need eight gallon-sized Ziploc® brand bags. Fill four of them halfway with ice. Add ½ cup of ice cream salt to each bag and then double bag them.

Remove the bags from the freezer and, after making sure they are sealed, place one pint-sized bag into one gallon-sized bag, then seal each of them.

Shake each of them for at least five minutes. For some more fun, the kids can even carefully kick them around the floor. Once the ice cream has been shaken and/or kicked around for a while it’s time to enjoy!

Discover new ways to get more, do more and save more with Ziploc® brand products at www.ziploc.com/Tips.

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