Ten Summer Eco Crafts your Kids Will Love!

Here are 10 great summer crafts that will keep your kiddo happy all afternoon. Or at least for an hour, which honestly is all we need sometimes! :) The great thing is they’ll be creating fun crafts with bits and pieces of materials that we would have thrown away – but now – can happily repurpose. How clever is that?!

I hope you find some inspiration here to create a simple but super-fun afternoon together.

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Bubble Snakes

This is my daughter playing with a craft that I put together for her birthday. The kids went pretty much insane over it and played for hours!! Easiest birthday ever.
Get the tutorial: Little Green Dot

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Kitchen Roll Kaleidoscope

This looks like a good lazy afternoon activity… for the family to just sit around, happily construct and play.
Get the tutorial: Kitchen Roll Kaleidoscope

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Newspaper Fort

I tried this out with my girls – I mean, a fort craft is always a winner!
Get the tutorial:  MPMK

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DIY Wind Chime

I really love this idea – taking litter and turning it into art – what a great thing to do with our kids!
Get the Tutorial: Handmade Charlotte

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Recycled Bottle Bowling

Perfect for outdoor fun!
Get the tutorial: Moon Frye

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Tin Can Monster Feet

Did you makes these when you were a kid? I remember loving this!  I reckon every kid need to experience this one!
Get the tutorial:
 The Allison Show

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Pom Pom Shooters

This one takes a minute to make and your kiddo will be happy for the next hour! I’m speaking from experience – you’ll love this one! 
Get the tutorial:
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Jellyfish in a Bottle

I recently did a similar craft – a bottle lava lamp – and the girls loved it.  I’m thinking this one would be great fun too!
Get the tutorial: Bhoomplay’s Blog

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Floating Ball Activity

Another simple craft that makes for lots of fun!
Get the tutorial: All for the Boys 

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Ice Cube Race

A perfect activity for hot days!
Get the Tutorial: Lemon Lime Adventures

PS: If you haven’t yet, check out our Eco-Craft Box for ideas on how to store craft materials and have them ready-to-go, when inspiration (or necessity) strikes!

Weekly Steam Facial Cleanse

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If you like the idea of natural beauty treatments that you can do at home, you’ll love this simple facial treatment. It’s a great healthy habit to start! You’ll be getting a deep cleanse - the steam will open your pores and allow you to unclog and effectively clear your skin of build-up  - which if left untreated, gives your skin a dull and textured appearance. What we want is glowing and smooth!

By adding herbs, peels and other ingredients to your steam cleanse – you’re going to get all those essential oils and their benefits! You’ll see clearer skin, less oil and breakouts. Follow your steam facial with this mask - you won’t believe how smooth your skin will feel!

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Not only will you see better skin, but you’ll be making use of ingredients you already have, which what a sustainable lifestyle is all about! This recipe is more of a guide or inspiration for you to look at what’s in your pantry (or garden!). I’ll offer you some tips for different ingredients that you can use – but I hope you have fun rooting your kitchen and creating your own steam facial blends!

Here are some ideas for steam facials that you can make:

Fresh Herbs & Plants: 

  • Mint: invigorating, gets the blood flowing
  • Thyme: great for oily skin
  • Lemongrass:  astringent, cleansing
  • Eucalyptus: cleansing

Dried Herbs (use your tea bags!) 

  • Lavender: cleansing, good for acne prone skin
  • Rose: astringent, tightens the pores
  • Chai: the cinnamon, cardamon and spices are great antiseptics and cleansers

Rinds and Peels (don’t throw them out): 

  • citrus peels are loaded with essential oil that stimulate and cleanse our skin

Any combination works beautifully. I love breathing in the scent of Chai tea, but here are some other ideas:

  • Orange & Mint would be great for tired skin
  • Rose & Lavender for oily skin
  • Lemongrass & lemon for a good thorough cleanse

All you need to do is give yourself the 15 minutes a week to do this steam cleanse – and be consistent with it. Sometimes that’s the hardest part – sticking to a new routine. But it’s exciting when you see the great results! Here’s a tip: choose a day in the week that will fit your schedule for your steam cleanse  – you needn’t worry about buying ingredients or prepping anything, because you’ll be using what available to you and you can always switch it up.

It’s to easy not to try and your skin will absolutely love it!

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Weekly Steam Skin Cleanse Recipe

Ingredients:

  • large bowl and towel to cover your head
  • boiling hot water
  • your choice of fresh herbs and plants, dried herbs or citrus peels

Directions:

  1. wash your face
  2. add your ingredients into a bowl
  3. pour in the boiling water
  4. sit over the bowl with a towel over you head to receive the steam
  5. end with a toner and your favorite natural serums or moisturisers
  6. remember, after a steaming your face, your skin will soak up whatever you put on it – so don’t use any chemicals or synthetic products!

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PS: From this to That – Smoothies and Facials

Drink Pink // Peach & Raspberry Green Smoothie

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I’ve been drinking a green smoothie regularly  for the last year and I have to say it’s something just makes me feel better. Like everyone, I have ups and downs – but when I break my morning smoothie routine – I miss it – and always get right back into it. Green smoothies give me more energy, I feel full longer and I get in fruit and greens that I wouldn’t otherwise! And, when you get the recipe right – it’s delicious! This is one of those recipes :)

Ingredients

Peaches - it’s peach season – so you’ve no doubt seen them in your supermarket! Not only are they insanely delicious – but they’re also a low calorie treat that’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Bring home some peaches – use a few in this smoothie and the rest to make this cobbler!

Raspberries - low glycemic, (which I think is important for smoothies – you don’t want to load up on too much sugar!) berries are also nutritionally dense! You’ll get a boost of antioxidants and anti inflammatory benefits. Their health properties are highest when the fruit is ripe – which makes frozen a good idea since they are picked at their peak and flash frozen – keeping all those great benefits intact.

Lime - gives your smoothie a burst of freshness. My favourite is the Tahitian lime, which if you can find it – is sweeter and less sharp than other varieties. You’ll also get a good dose of Vit C which is our beauty vitamin.

Coconut - the water makes the base of our smoothie – a great way to hydrate the body with electrolytes. The meat will give your body some healthy fats, that it needs to function well and it gives our smoothie a smooth richness.

Pea Sprouts - the young plants contain huge amounts of nutrients with disease-fighting properties. They have powerful sources of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that support and protect our body. Grab a big handful of them!

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Peach & Rasperry Green Shake Recipe

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Ingredients (makes 2 servings): 

  • 1 ripe peach (make sure it’s ripe so that it’s sweet!)
  • 8 raspberries or about 1/4cup (fresh or frozen)
  • the water and meat from one coconut
  • one small lime ( if you can find Tahitian limes - they’re nice and sweet!)
  • a handful of sprouts (I used pea sprouts)
  • optional: honey to sweeten

Directions

  1. In a blender, pour in the water from a coconut and the meat (this will give it a nice creaminess)
  2. add in the rest of the ingredients – hold the honey to see if you need it.
  3. blend for 20 seconds
  4. taste and add honey if you like it sweet!
  5. drink and feel amazing

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PS:

Little Green Dot Workshop // JULY – SIMPLIFY skin

If you missed last month’s workshop, I hope you can join us for our July classes! It’s always good fun – you get to meet new friends, learn great recipes and get hands-on, making your own skincare products in class! I’m running two sessions – which one is best for you? Morning or evening time… you pick!

Don’t miss out – grab your ticket today: Little Green Dot’s SIMPLIFY Skin Workshop

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book your ticket: Little Green Dot’s SIMPLIFY Skin Workshop

P.S.: make sure to check out last month’s workshop! 

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