Summer is here and you either have kids that are not yet in school…..or kids that are out of school. Trying to find great eco friendly activities for them to do? Here are some ideas for a wide variety of ages of children.
Make your Own Paper
Don’t throw away those old newspapers and magazines! Recycle your own paper products to make your own paper at home! A messy, but simple, project, this is great to do with or without kiddos. Here’s how:
- Paper from your recycle bin
- Large bowl
- Brownie pan
- Acrylic paint
- Mesh screen
- Tear your paper into small pieces and place them in your bowl. Squares about 1 inch by 1 inch are fine. Add hot water and soak your paper for about 30 minutes.
- Have and adult help you pour your paper-and-water mixture into your blender. Blend the paper until it becomes thick and pulpy.
- Pour the mixture back into the bowl and take it to your protected work space.
- Choose a color for your paper. I decided to make mine blue. Add paint to the pulp and mix with your hands until the pulp is the color you wish your paper to be. Keep in mind that the paper with look lighter after it dries.
- Move a few handfuls of the pulp into your brownie pan. Cover with more water.
- Cut a piece of screen slightly larger than you want your sheets of paper. You want to use a sturdy piece of screen. I choose a flexible piece of screen and it was difficult to keep the pulp on the screen.
- Dip the screen into the mixture and cover with a thin layer of pulp. Allow the water to drain through the screen, then move your screen to a towel. Flip the screen so the pulp is directly on the towel and the screen is facing up. Fold your towel over the screen and let it soak up some of the water.
- Remove the screen and repeat.
- Your paper will need to dry for about a day.
- Finally, cut the paper to the size you want, or leave the edges unfinished. You may wish to decorate your paper with a stamp at the top or bottom. Be sure to leave enough room to write on it.
(Courtesy of Artsmarts4Kids.blogspot.com)
STAY AT HOME
Parents – Stay at Home whenever possible! I’m one that is a busy bee, but think about the amount of emissions that we emit when we are driving from place to place.
Find activities at home, whether it be building blocks, planting an herb garden (in the shade to beat the heat), or even having a playdate with neighbors. Keep the car turned off, be creative with your children, while helping the environment at the same time.
Visit the Library
If you do need to get out of the house, take your child to the local library. Many have story times that range from birth and up. Noah and I attend each Thursday morning to the toddler time and he LOVES it. Then take time to search books and read to your child!
In addition to these great ideas, here are a list of resources that I use for additional ideas and inspiration to keep my little one active and entertained!
Melanie Melugin writes for Going Green with Noah