Eco-friendly Projects for Summer Vacation
The kids are home for three months. Now what? Sleepovers and trips to the mall or zoo (while awesome!) can only go so far. So we’ve compiled a few ideas from our internet friends that are earth-friendly and so much fun!
Get your sale on: Got a sewing machine you don’t use? How about a set of plates inherited from Grandma? Organize a yard/garage sale! What’s that saying about another person’s trash? It’s the ultimate definition of recycling! Some cool sites to keep in mind: Freecycle.org is a collective site of used and unwanted stuff from around the country. You can post to stuff you want to get rid of, or post a request for something you’re looking for — all for free. Or, go to GarageSalesTracker.com to advertise (for free!) your sale or look for others in your area.
The great thing about garage or yard sales is that the kids can help in the process. They can help organize items, tag them or learn a little supply-and-demand lesson right at home!
DIY Bubbles: What’s more fun than bubbles? Why, making them yourself, of course! Try this recipe from our friends at SheKnows.com for eco-friendly bubble fun, made from stuff you’ve already got in your house.
Clean a Park: What’s not to love about doing something cool for mankind? In its article, “Four Fun Eco Friendly Summer Activities for Your Kids,” Naturally Earth Friendly suggests learning of local parks that are in need of a little TLC and organizing a clean-up party. The benefits are two-fold: you’re maintaining a useful green space, and it’s showing your kids the benefit of participating in community service.
Create an eco-system at home: When you’re done shopping garage and yard sales for odds and ends, put them all to good use and build a terrarium (or mini terrariums!). The team at Solar Power Your Home recommends an ocean or desert theme for beginners because these tend not to need as much upkeep. See how your creation transforms over the course of the summer vacation – it’ll give the kids a great show-and-tell come fall!
What are you doing this summer? Do you have any eco-friendly tips to share?
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