Five eco fun ideas and a paint recipe



Don’t you love rainy school holiday! No? Really?  Although my kids are still a way off the dreaded school holidays, I am always on the lookout for fun eco-friendly activities. We have a PlaySchool inspired “useful box” into which we chuck all manner of detritus and, seeing as it is now overflowing, it’s time to get crafty!

I’d love to know your favourite eco-craft activities, so be sure to add them to the comments.

  1. First up, we are making these cute little milk-bottle-lid boats to sail in a dish of water that my son will no doubt drink or spill all over the floor. Luckily for me, he loves to mop up water.  There is a staggering array of other lid-based activities here. Thanks to Bernadette from A Little Change for pointing me in this direction.
  2. I have no idea what the instructions say (is that Polish?) but the pictures do a great job of describing how to make rockin’ retro race cars out of toilet rolls here. Alfie will LOVE this!
  3. This may be a bit ambitious, but I adore the idea of making micro gardens for the kids’ rooms. Obviously, Martha Stewart’s terrarium is gorgeous, our will be a little more…. erm… rustic, and there may be a snail or two involved.
  4. While we’re creating living art: how about a cress-sprouting, egg-carton caterpillar? This is a fun way to use up our zillions of egg-boxes, but I’m not sure about the cotton wool – any ideas?
  5. Finally, we have a bit of an eco-project going on here, a cubby house for the kids. We need to decorate one of the walls and I’m thinking something like this that I saw at the Port Phillip Eco Centre – bright pieces of rubbish cable-tied together. With the king tides this weekend, there will be plenty of things washed up on the beaches around here.

wall art


Easy eco-paint recipe

As much as I hate to admit it, my little girl is quite ready to get stuck into some fingerpaints alongside her brother. This  recipe by Lauren Monaghan from Practical Parenting magazine is my favourite DIY paint recipe so far:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups water, 1/3 cup cornflour and 2 tbsp sugar. Stir over a low heat until smooth gel forms. Mix in 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid. This your base.
  • Allow to cool, then pour into small containers.
  • Add a few drops of food colouring and stir well.

The great things about making this paint are: it’s completely safe and edible – because it’s going to get eaten – and you can keep the base for a week or so, just add colour when you want to use it.

What are your favourite eco-craft ideas? Do share!


  1. Eliza says

    Thanks for these ideas. My daughter isn’t at school yet, but I’ll be on school holidays soon, so we’ll get stuck into some of these activities for sure. We did finger painting with her when she was about 9 months, and she enjoyed it but didn’t do much. I’d love to try it again now she’s a little older. I also love the idea of having a bath as a day time activity, as one of your links suggested, and exploring other house hold objects as toys. The milk lid boats are gorgeous!

    • (dt)em says

      Milk-lid boats are awesome! We used playdough and sticks for ours. So quick, so easy and with a big dose of satisfaction… Thanks for reading x


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