5 Eco-Friendly Ways To Keep Kids Entertained On A Rainy Day
March Break is right around the corner, but Mother Nature has not yet brought the
sunshine. Parents will want to plan some fun indoor activities for their kids this week.
But getting crafty doesn’t have to involve a trip to the art supply store. Here are some
ideas for turning everyday objects into hours of entertainment!
- Turn a shoebox into a soccer stadium – Paint the inside of an old shoebox to look like a soccer field. Cut holes into opposite ends of the field to act as goals. Poke bamboo skewers through the sides of the box. Depending
on the size of the box, you may need to attach two or more skewers together to fit. Glue
clothespins or corks to the skewers as players. Drop in a ping-pong ball, and game on!
- Get back to nature with this nifty mobile – Take your family on a walk through the woods or a local park and pick up any interesting branches, stones, or bits of bark you find along the way. Assemble everything using twine, and hang your masterpiece near your window. Tip: Add pop can tabs or metal bottle caps to turn your mobile into a wind chime!
- Transform a cereal box into a magazine holder –
Cut the flaps off the top of a cereal box. About halfway up one side of the box, cut
across the front of the box at a 45 degree angle. Repeat on the other side of the box. Now
the box is ready to be decorated with paint, fabric scraps, or pictures from magazines,
newspapers, or comics.
- Get cracking with an egg carton zoo. – See how many creatures you can create with egg cartons. Use pipe cleaners, construction paper, and paint to bring a menagerie of lions, butterflies, zebras, and more to life!
- Make a pop bottle greenhouse. – Rinse out an empty 2-litre plastic pop bottle. Cut the bottle in half, and place a few
scoops of potting soil in the bottom. Add a few seeds, then another scoop of soil. Water lightly and replace the top of the bottle, making sure the top overlaps the bottom of thebottle. Also make sure the bottle cap is screwed on tightly. Place the bottle in a sunny spot, and watch your plants grow. After a few weeks, you can transplant them outside.
Do you have some earth-friendly activities for the kids? Please share with us below in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you.