(photo by Silly Eagle Books)
Kids are done school for the summer, and the hot, humid weather makes the thought of going outside somewhat unappealing — or even unsafe, with the smog alerts and high UV indexes we’re seeing this month. But anybody who’s tried to keep restless kids occupied knows it’s a tough job, and while trips to places like the zoo or the pool are fun, they can also get expensive.
If you’re looking for some low-cost, eco-friendly and easy craft ideas for kids, head to Pinterest. This photo-sharing social site is a treasure trove of ideas for kid-friendly crafts that won’t break the bank. Many of them can be executed with materials you have at home, and by using supplies that involve recycling household waste — that saves you money and keeps things out of the trash. It’s also a great way to give kids a lesson in the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling while keeping them busy on a rainy or super-hot afternoon.
Here are a few of our favourite eco-friendly crafts and DIYs:
1. Get a head start on your fall seedlings by reusing those lemon halves you squeezed to make lemonade. Hollow out lemons and other citrus fruits, fill with soil, and start a seed. You can plant the “pot” right into the soil when it’s ready for a bigger container — the peel and rind will compost.
2. One of my favourite crafts as a kid was making clothespin people. My grandmother would give me access to her collection of mismatched buttons and fabric scraps, hand me some glue, and let my imagination run wild.
3. Play dough is a childhood classic, but you don’t need to head to a store to have fun with it. You can make it at home easily, with this recipe. You probably have all of these non-toxic ingredients at home already!
4. Of course, you do want them to go outside sometimes! This sidewalk paint is safe and easy to make and a great way for them to get creative while enjoying the warm weather.
5. It seems unlikely but you can make these pretty geodes, and teach your kids about crystallization, with egg shells. Leave it to Martha Stewart to figure this out!
About the Author:
Terri Coles is a freelance reporter specializing in health and lifestyle topics who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She contributes regularly to Pawesome, The Teal Cat Project, and Vegansaurus, and is currently blogging about her experience as a pregnant vegan at Veggo Preggo.
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