Glancing back over some of our favorite kids' activities from this summer, we realized that a lot of the activities we paid for could be easily replicated at home – for free, or almost free! So here are some ideas of how to recycle activities – without replicating the costs!
An Eye For Science
It occurred to us that the last one of those pricey science kits we bought cost about $25 – and was basically rendered useless after one time playing with it! When it came down to it, we realized we had spent $25 to purchase some plastic cups, utensils, and what basically amounted to baking soda and vinegar. It is so easy to do the classic baking soda and vinegar ‘volcano’ experiments at home – and you probably have the ingredients right in your own pantry!
The 'Pepper Push' Experiment
Just pour some water in a bowl, sprinkle some pepper in and stick a bar of soap in the bowl (does anyone still use bars of soap? We guess a drop of liquid soap would work too) and watch it repel the pepper away! This is a great activity to do while you are cooking, and to help show your little ones the relationship between science and cooking.
Our friend Amanda spent $50 on a cardboard children’s playhouse – great because it was recyclable, but at not so great of a price – particularly when it only lasted a couple months before it got destroyed! Our fab and fru alternative – save big shipping boxes and create your own eco-friendly play structure – complete with tunnels, various rooms and anything else you can think of! Then you won’t feel so bad about tossing it into the recycling bin when it cost you nothing!
Cultivate Your Young Artist
We were at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) the other day with some kids in the Boone Children’s Gallery. They had a cool brush painting activity to help the kids learn more about the beautiful Asian art on display. We realized we could easily research and recreate art from other cultures at home too. We know it sounds simple, but honestly it never really occurred to us to do so before! After being inspired by the beautiful brush paintings at LACMA, we plan on continuing the inspiration at home with art from many different cultures and traditions!
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