Arts and crafts days are fun for everyone, especially for groups of kids! Set them to work on recycled crafts projects from cans, bottle caps, paper bags, cardboard, old CDs, light bulbs, jeans, T-shirts, styrofoam and more. This How to Make Recycled Crafts page from about.com has links to hundreds of projects, as does Pinterest.
One of the best green projects a family can share together is planting a garden. The whole process of planting, watering, weeding and harvesting has a way of turning picky eaters into veggie fans. What to grow? Radishes, baby carrots, pole beans, pumpkins, sunflowers and cherry tomatoes are all good choices. You don’t need a lot of room – a 4×4 foot Square Foot Garden will grow an amazing amount of flowers and veggies. The My First Garden site is full of plans, tips and fun ideas.
Starting a compost bin is another great project. You keep garbage out of the landfill and create a rich soil amendment for your new garden, or for existing plants and shrubs in your yard.
Looking for ways to exercise while you’re doing your part to help the environment? Kids love to go places on their bicycles, so why not make it a family event? Pick a destination, plan a picnic and go as a group. Check out these bike safety tips.
We’d love to hear about green projects that your whole family enjoys! Please tell us about it in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Current for more energy saving tips.
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