Tuesday, June 17, 2008

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Cure Summer Boredom

A couple of weeks ago Shannon hosted a "Mom I'm Bored" themed edition. I didn't have it together then, so I thought I'd post these ideas today.

I've searched the web and found some great ideas for fun, eco-friendly things to do with your kids for the days when nothing else seems to entertain them.

1. GreenStyle Mom is recycling plastic to make Shrinky Dink Necklaces.

2. There's a drawer in the laundry room where I stash all of the misplaced little toys and trinkets that make their way into our house. Thanks to Kiwi Magazine, I now have a great way to reuse these things to make an adorable frame.

3. Green Mom Finds has an easy no-cook playdough recipe you can make with items from your pantry.

4. Recycle pages from magazines, coloring books, hand-drawn pictures or photos to make these wonderful
wooden block puzzles. Check out other crafts and activities from Scribbit. She has a wonderful way of turning ordinary, everyday things into something fun and spectacular.

5. Plant something with your kids. Jennifer Lance has a great post of 10 Tips for Organic Gardening.


Scribbit said...

Okay there was a DIY birdhouse out of recycled chopsticks that I just saw somewhere on the web. If you searched on YOu Tube you'd probably find the video for it--kind of a cute eco friendly project.

The Not Quite Crunchy Parent said...

Good set of links!

Michelle always has good ideas and the other links were great.

Just saving all sorts of paper and plastic packaging always gives us plenty to material with which to work to make crazy creative things!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

ohhhh no cook play dough fun! And yea... scribbit has fun kids activities. I love that block idea!

equa yona(Big Bear) said...

Gosh,how about a trip to the library for some(GASP)books? How about kicking their little butts out the door to use their imaginations(whatEVer). I never saw myself as the home entertainment center.

World's Greatest Mommy said...

Thank you, thank you!

My eight-year-old daughter is a little green-girl and is trying to convert our home to everything green.

I'll look so good in her eyes with these links.

Going Crunchy said...

Oh, good post. I had to pop over and read about the Shrinky Dinks right away.

Annie said...

Good luck with WW- let me know how it goes!! I totally love it- like I said, I'm a fan of the Core program, but Flex isn't bad.

Thanks for the comment! :)