Try these eco-friendly family projects with your kids

Entertain your kids with these easy, environment-friendly activities

It can be hard work to keep your kids entertained if you’re trying to avoid the temptation of handing them an iPad or another gaming console.

But for a number of reasons, it’s good for children to be stimulated in other ways than in front of the television. Lots of entertaining activities will even teach the kids about the importance of looking after the environment whilst playing. Here are Time Out Family’s best ideas for eco-friendly projects that parents and children can do together.

Milk Jug Flower Pot

milk jugs

What you'll need:

  • Plastic gallon or quart milk jugs
  • Fabric, felt, and paper scraps
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Potting soil
  • Small rocks
  • Flowers or flower seeds
  • Old plates

How it's done:

Rinse the milk container and cut the top off the plastic jug, preferably just underneath the handle. Use scissors to pierce holes on in the bottom for drainage. You can decorate the flower pot with fabric, paper scraps and glue if you feel like dressing up the jug. When the glue is dry, put small rocks in the bottom of the flower pot and cover the rocks with soil. Now, plant the flower or seeds and cover with more soil. If it's for indoor use, place a plate under the flower pot so the water won’t leak through the drainage holes.

Leaf printing


What you'll need:

  • Fresh leaves
  • Paint
  • Paper

How it's done:

Paint your leaf with a brush or sponge the paint onto the leaf on one side. Now, press the painted side of the leaf on a blank sheet of paper (or a piece of fabric, a cardboard etc.). Carefully remove the leaf and let it dry. For the best results, use a roller to roll your leaf print onto the paper.

Twig Stars


What you'll need

  • Twigs
  • Hot glue
  • Clippers
  • Different sized star templates
  • Ribbon or twine to decorate the stars

How it's done:

Choose five twigs and cut them down with a clipper so they’re all the same size. Glue them together in a star shape using your template, and decorate with twine or ribbon however you like. Make several stars of different sizes of twigs, attach some string to each one of them and hang them at varying lengths from a sturdy stick. TEt voila, you now have a decoration for the kids' room.

Painted Rocks


What you'll need:

  • Rocks
  • Paints
  • Brushes

How it's done:
Collect rocks to paint wherever you can find them.
Ready, set, go; you can now begin the painting! A good tip is to try to find smoother rocks and use acrylic or craft paint for an easier paint job.