Kids need something to do over the summer, after school, pretty much all the time. Playing outside is a great idea, but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate or they just need some cool down time indoors. Crafts are a wonderful activity for kids, something to allow them to be creative. You don’t have to buy books on crafting, just have the supplies ready and let your kids go at it. If you can keep the supplies on the eco friendly side of things, so much the better.
Think about crafts the kids can make more or less on their own. It’s good for them to make things without your help, even if they don’t look just right.
1. Recycled goods.
Start your kids’ craft supplies with recycled goods. Junk mail, newspapers, cans, bottles and so forth. The great part about these supplies is that you don’t have to buy them.
If your kids are interested in sewing, old clothes may be another option. Some clothes just won’t be worth handing down, but might be okay for crafting. Take a look and see what you can find.
2. Eco craft kits.
You can buy eco friendly craft kits with supplies made of recycled and eco friendly materials. These are great when you need some ideas to help get the kids started. Here are a few to consider:
ALEXÂ® Eco Crafts
Paper Making Kit
Trash Robot Kit
3. Eco friendly crayons.
There are some pretty nice eco friendly crayons out there. Some have fun shapes while others look more like regular crayons. There are a number of brands to try.
Crazy Crayon Eco Stars
International Arrivals Natural Beeswax Crayons
Soy Crayon Rocks
4. Eco friendly paints.
Depending on what you want the paints for, it’s not too hard to make paints for your kids. Pudding spreads quite nicely and is really fun for kids, and there are simple homemade finger paint recipes out there. If that’s not your style, there are some relatively eco friendly paints for kids out there:
5. Eco friendly glues.
What’s crafting for kids without glue? They will want glue at some point, so make it the safest you can.