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Eco-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

March 17, 2014

Not heading out of town for break? Then, why not plan some eco-friendly spring break ideas for you and the kids! Now is the perfect time to kick start your spring with these eco-friendly spring break ideas:

Eco-Friendly Spring Break ideas #1 :   Plan a local adventure!

Make your “stay-cation” eco-friendly, memorable and educational by visit a local farm to learn how and where our food comes from. There are many local farms who would welcome visitors and may even let you help a bit while you are there.  Or how about a visit to the local park for a nature hike and scavenger hunt? See which child can identify the most leaves, trees, animals, nuts, berries or even birds! Be sure to bring a camera to capture all the amazing items from your hunt. The kids will love challenging their friends and siblings and they will learn a little something about Mother Nature at the same time.

Not sure if the weather will be co-operating during spring break? Never fear. There are many local museums to visit including the South Shore Natural Science Center. Your indoor adventure awaits!

Eco-Friendly Spring Break ideas #2 : Feed (and shelter) the birds!

Bird watching is a fascinating pass time. Watching these creatures create AMAZING nests for their eggs, watching young birds hatch, see mama bird gather food for her young and teaching her babies to fly all make for an exciting summer for your kids. Start planning now for this year’s bird watching by creating these DIY crafts for your backyard:

NESTING BALL

-Gather cloth strips, yarn, twine, string, twigs, wool or other natural fibers. (Collecting unusual or very colorful items are a plus. You will be able to see just how far away your items where used by the birds. Sometimes you can find them in nests a mile or two away from your home!)

-Place collected items in a basket, attach to a branch or weave the materials into grapevine or wreath and place outside.

-Watch the birds collect your items all spring for their nest!

DIY BIRDFEEDERS

Something as simple as a pine cone covered in peanut butter and sprinkled with birdseed can make a for a fun birdfeeder project for the kids. But, how about taking it to the next level with this DIY birdfeeder project we love from the blog eighteen25:

eco-friendly spring break ideas

MATERIALS:
  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small envelope of knox gelatine
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutters, molds or mason jar lids
  • wax paper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • mix together the envelope of gelatine with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring. continue stirring until the gelatine is dissolved.
  • remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
  • stir in the 3/4 cup birdseed. adding a little more if there is liquid still in the bottom of the pan.
  • lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.
  • cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
  • continue filling with birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
  • push the birdseed evenly into the cookie cutter until it’s full.
  • allow them to dry overnight. turning them over every now and then.
  • remove from the cookie cutters and hang them in your trees.

Eco-Friendly Spring Break ideas #3 : Plant an Indoor Herb Garden

While it isn’t quite warm enough to plant outside YET, the kids will still enjoy planting an INDOOR herb garden this spring break. Then, start collecting recipes using these herbs and let the kids enjoy the fruits of their labor all summer long!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

-Organic soil

-Organic seeds or plants (we suggest basil, oregano, parsley, sage or thyme)

– pots or containers

-small pebbles or stones

-water

WHAT TO DO:

-cover the bottom of containers with a small row or pebbles or stones for drainage (be sure the containers have holes as well)

-fill containers will soil until it reaches about 2 inches below the top of the container

-plant seeds or seedlings approximately two inches deep and cover with soil

-water seeds/seedlings until the soil is moist (not soaking wet)

-place containers on a tray with a lip to avoid water leaking out on to your counters or window sill after watering

-Find a sunny place in your home. Herbs need 5 to 6 hours a day of sunlight!

-Keep the soil moist but not wet. Herb roots can easily rot with too much watering.

-Watch them grow!

-Start researching recipes using these herbs. What a fun way for your kids to spend the summer cooking with their very own herbs!

Here are more helpful tips on growing indoor herbs from ORGANIC GARDENING MAGAZINE.

Eco-Friendly Spring Break ideas #4 : Reuse and Repurpose Those Old Clothes

Cleaning out those closets as part of your “Spring Break, Spring Cleaning” plan? Here are a few fun ideas on re-purposing and reusing those old items:

-Take those old t-shirts or other special baby/kids clothing items and make them into a memory quilt. Here is a terrific tutorial to show you how to create yours step-by-step.

-Have old sweaters that no longer fit? Why not create throw pillows? Simply cut the arms off the sweater. Sew closed the arm and neck holes. Stuff your pillow with polyfill, cotton balls or even feathers. Sew closed the bottom and now you have a beautiful new pillow!

-Have the kids help make Fido something new out of something old! Take old t-shirts and create a fun, new toy for your favorite four-legged friend. Find the directions HERE.

How do you plan to Go Green this spring break? We would love to hear your ideas!

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