ASD (Autism spectrum disorders) table time crafts…DIY milk jug coloring pages

“ It shouldn’t matter how slowly some children learn as long as we are encouraging them not to stop.”

        Robert John Meehan

  Coloring can be difficult with some children with ASD. Fine motor skills like coloring can lead to frustrations and melt downs with children on the spectrum. This project I am sharing with you all today is a fun way to encourage coloring and work in some fine motor skills while you’re at it.

You will need:

 A clean and empty plastic milk jug.


 Permanent markers

Book or use free coloring pages online that you can trace over.

Paint pens or wipe board markers.

Tracing paper

Step 1- sit down with your child and pick out fun shapes to trace onto a sheet of paper. Depending on the level of motor skills your child is at, you may have to do this part yourself. You know your child best so pick those fun characters they may like watching or characters from their favorite books they look at. What ever they love and obsess over will help to draw them in and get their attention. The end results are that they will love practicing those coloring skills when it is something they enjoy seeing. Careful though, sometimes those obsessions that ASD children have, may lead to melt downs.

Step 2- after washing and cleaning out a plastic milk jug start cutting it apart. The plastic sheets you get from it will be used for drawing fun coloring characters onto it.

Step 3- Now that you have your sheets cut out, lay them over your tracing pages and with a black permanent marker trace around the characters.

Step 4- Cut out shapes of characters and color away.

I used paint pens but you can also use wipe board markers so you can reuse coloring characters over and over.

 If you want to use paint pens then they will look pretty displayed on bulletin boards and on your child’s windows. You can add magnets to them and decorate your fridges with them as well.

Recycling plastic milk jugs into coloring sheets is a fun way to get your children involved with recycling and helping the planet. Also a great way to work on teaching colors, fine motor and speech lessons all in one. Bonus points for the fact that you won’t be wasting and throwing away any paper.

There are so many things you can use plastic milk jug pages for. Make a matching game, cards, Alphabet letters and numbers…even a colorful mobile hanging from your kids room of their favorite characters. My daughter loved space and planets. My son was obsessed at one time with trains and Sponge Bob. So get creative and remember no matter what skill level your child is at just have fun and always include them in anyway. Happy crafting everyone.  

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great post for the kiddy winks!

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    1. Thank you, so glad you like it.


  2. mel says:

    Those are super cute! Kids can make Halloween characters too!

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    1. Thank you Mel. I love the idea of making Halloween characters too. These will also be fun to fill treat bags for birthday parties with favorite characters, along with pens to color with.


  3. Chandra Lynn says:

    Ohhhh…these are so adorable!

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    1. Thank you Chandra. How have you been? I hope you and your family are well and had a great summer. I am so glad the summer is over here. I would love 2020 to be over with too, had enough of 2020. Being an artist yourself, I bet you and your family would love making milk jug( container) art.


  4. cheriewhite says:

    So cute! I know the kids enjoy it immensely! ❤

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    1. Thank you. Great for pretend play. Could make paper dolls out of these too.

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        Paper dolls sounds like a great idea! 🙂

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  5. These are great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this. As a mom with ASD kids, I am always looking for new and fresh ideas 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I am working on a fun Christmas book that includes tips for children on the spectrum. I have two children (grown now) both on the spectrum. They are very private about that though so I try to keep that subject to a minimum but I want to help other moms out there with little ones on the spectrum that may be having a hard time with things. I remember those days, still have moments even now with certain issues but each day is always a gift and chance to learn and grow. You and your kids will love this project. I really like how these plastic coloring cut outs last a long time. Like making our own toys.


  6. I love this craft and they turned out so cute! I’ll share the idea with a couple of families that could use them. Plus I want to make some for myself. 🙂

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    1. You can fill a Christmas tree full of these. I am so looking forward to Christmas, We are keeping things real simple this year.

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  7. That’s a great idea for Christmas ornaments. Our Christmas will be pretty simple this year too.

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