Thursday, December 11, 2014

What Green Things Can You Do With Kids This Holiday?

Make Kids A Big Part of Holiday Decorating, 

Preparation and Gift Giving  

Get kids involved!  Whether you are preparing a dish to bring to a friends house, decorating the tree or bringing a gift to grandparents, kids can pitch in. It makes it more memorable and meaningful.  Go a step further and teach them to be green: Try to incorporate earth friendly ingredients or recycled as well as reusable items.
Here are some small ideas that will make a big difference for your kids this holiday:

  • Have the kids make gifts for one and other or help you.They will learn the joy of gift giving as well as learn new skills! 
  • Make cards from craft supplies or make cards from last year’s cards and wrap.
  • Make cards from homemade paper and envelopes
  • Make homemade cookies or breads and decorate them or fun food art
  • Grow plants or herbs from seeds starting early!
  • Plant small seedlings in hand painted pots or recycled pots
  • Make ornaments from paper mache or lint clay and hand paint them (See for the best paper mache recipes ever including lint dryer clay and play clay).
  • Make origami ornaments
  • Print gift wrap, using nontoxic paints and dyes on recycled (and recyclable) craft paper. Use potato prints or rubber stamps.
  • Kids love making a good old-fashioned popcorn balls or popcorn tinsel and it can be yummy!
  • A no cost solution: Have them write a poem or story and illustrate it! Use a recycled frame, home made frame and frame it!
  • Make boxes for their gifts from cereal boxes and other cardboard
  • Make gift wrap using natural materials and other materials
  • Dry flowers a great way to extend the garden
  • Lastly, make one of these Planetpals ornaments for your home or tree. It's got an eco friendly theme. Free Download to print and assemble:
Planetpals Exclusive Holiday Crafts:
Make a Christ
Exclusive Planetpals card. Print and play, cut and color.

Make a Holiday Ornament: 
Exclusive Planetpals "Seasons greenings" print, cut, paste tree ornament

Make Your Own Box Ornament:
Exclusive Planetpals Print, Design, Cut, Hang this square box shaped ornament for any holiday!

Japanese Origami STAR Ornament
Exclusive Planetpals Learn about the Japanese art of paper folding. Make an Origami star ornament from paper squares. Make one for your tree, or several to decorate your house or presents!

Happy Holidays from your Pals at!
For more ideas before and after the holiday see the green holidays page