Low-waste Summer Activities for Kids

My Lord. It’s only 4 days into the school holidays and I’m wrecked already. Doesn’t help that I decided to embark on a massive decluttering session and that I’ve given up coffee. First world problems, I know.

I’ve also been busy since my lost post with two interviews on local radio stations. Firstly on how we eat a credit cards worth of plastic a week on Cork 96 FM on 24th of June 2019 and secondly about Plastic-Free July on East Coast Radio on 2nd of July 2019. And if that wasn’t enough I’ve been contacted about doing a piece for the Irish TV programme Nationwide about how I try to live more sustainably. I’ll keep you posted on when it’s due to air.

Thank you again to those that support me with a monthly donation via Patreon or with a once off donation via Paypal. It really does help me donate the time required to research blog posts and do media appearances.

This week also had it’s downsides; I’ve just discovered that aluminium cans are lined with plastic! And that organic compost sold in Ireland may contain herbicide that kills plants! I’ll be edited my posts on gardening as soon as confirm the facts. What’s a person to do? Keep calm and carry on I suppose and with that in mind here’s a nice upbeat post on low-waste ways to entertain the kids this summer. An audio version of this post is available on the Living Lightly in Ireland Soundcloud account.

Handmade Treasure Map

My son loves maps; following them and making them. If your kids like them too here’s a link to a printable treasure map so that they can create their own treasure hunts. To make it look even more authentic you could stain it with tea!

Sostrene Green is responsible for a lot of the gorgeous tat in the world but they do have some lovely craft projects on their social media. I love this butterfly one. You can download the templates for the butterflies here.

Biodiversity Ireland

Like maps and butterflies? Then why not record them, and other creatures, you find in your back garden and log on the biodiversity.ie website.

Spinning Toy Gun Target

I’m not a fan of guns but my son is and somehow some have managed to wangle their way into our home. I like activities that keep kids occupied for a decent length of time and teach them new skills, so making a spinning target to shoot at is perfect. I saw this on the blog Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. She has some excellent activity ideas for kids, including 30 paper crafts for kids and 4 tricks to do with a penny.

Printable Comic Strip Templates

I particularly love her printable comic book strip. I know my kids will love these.

Stablio Woody Pencils

Being a zero waster I very rarely suggest buying things but I’m making an exception for these Stablio pencils.  They work as colouring pencils, wax crayons and watercolours. You can even use them to write on glass and wellies. You can buy them from jiminy.ie (This is not a sponsored post)

Ice Lolly Fairy Furniture

What do you get a lot of in the summer? Ice lollies. Well waste not those lolly sticks, instead make yourself some fairy furniture. I’ve bookmarked my favourites ideas on my Pinterest Account.

If that sounds like too much work or your little ones are, well, little-er, how about a DIY bubble snake (see photo at top) using nothing more than a plastic water bottle, washing-up liquid and a sock!

There is a great Instagram Account called thecraftymum.ie She posts lots of great ideas for crafts and activities with kids.

If your kids are crafty check out my post on kids craft ideas from 20162017, and 2018. Or if they’re more into science check out my post on low-waste science experiments.

I’ve also written a long list of suggested activities to do with kids towards the end of my very long post on Zero Waste Kids


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Published by livinglightlyinireland

I am a reformed interior architect that now campaign for and write about sustainable living in Ireland.

2 thoughts on “Low-waste Summer Activities for Kids

  1. “aluminium cans are lined with plastic” was too huge a statement not to read more.
    The Moral Fibres blog says

    It turns out that every single drinks can on the market is lined with a plastic resin, usually epoxy, to stop the drink contained within corroding the aluminium. Wired reports in a rather oddly fascinating [2015] article that “without that [expoxy] shield, a can of Coke would corrode in three days“.


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