Go Tide Pooling
If you’re going on a beach vacation this summer, why not take a break from swimming and go look at tidal pools. These border ecosystems provide temporary and permanent homes for sea creatures that get carried in by the tides, and make for a observation spot for your budding marine biologist! Obviously take precautions; watch out for slippery and sharp rocks, be careful around deep water, and don’t antagonize the animals – some of them are armed to fight back!
Build a Greenhouse
Looking for a summer-long project? EcoFriendly Kids has instructions for building a backyard greenhouse out of plastic soda bottles. It’s a great way to get your kids interested in recycling and waste reduction, and once its completed, you can get them involved in backyard gardening. Nothing inspires like getting to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor! Just keep in mind that this is an intensive project, and plan accordingly.
Make a Terrarium
Want to get your kids interested in gardening, but aren’t quite ready for the greenhouse? Why not have your kids make their own terrariums? National Geographic has instructions for making a basic terrarium, complete with advice on plant selection and decorating ideas. Smaller kids should be supervised, but older kids can tackle this one on their own.
Construct a Bird Feeder
Invite birds into your backyard by crafting bird feeders out of recyclable materials! Earth911 has 7 different birdfeeders on their site, each of them made from milk cartons, soda bottles, and other materials that you might have otherwise tossed in the recycling. Once the birdfeeders have been filled and hung up, sit back and watch your feathered friends fly in!
Hope these activities inspire you and your kids this summer. If you try some out, I’d love to hear about it! Share your stories with me in the comments here, or on our Facebook page!