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Keeping kids entertained can be a tough job at the best of times. Trying to do it while also cutting back on the amount of things we buy can be even more of a challenge. Check out these fun tips from SuperSavvyMe users which will help you save money and the planet! Check us out on Instagram @Supersavvymeofficial for even more ideas!
For some of these crafty ideas, your little ones will require adult supervision to help keep them safe. Especially when scissors or small parts are involved.
There’s no need to splash out on pricey play mats or race tracks for kids who love to play with their cars. When the little ones have gone to bed, make like @andradefamily5 and get busy with some tape or ribbon. Use it to mark out a race track – or any other layout you fancy! https://www.instagram.com/p/B-xBa-unzR8/
Kids love dressing up, and it can really fire their imaginations too. This idea from @carlaannlove is a double whammy, because not only will kids have fun playing with them when they’re finished, they’ll enjoy getting crafty and making them too. Keep hold of old tissue boxes, and let the kids paint them to create whatever feet they want. You might need to help younger ones to cut out shapes to make toes to stick on the end. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-xCiZEnRJn/
Instead of chucking plastic bottles straight into the recycling, keep hold of them for the kids to play with at the craft table. They can paint them, colour them in with markers or even use them as a base for pâpier maché. Take inspiration from @Whiteos and these cute and colourful little Elmer elephants. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_hYGKNn_Fz/
Once the loo roll is finished, hang on to the inner tubes for fun craft projects, like this one by @forsyth515. Snip up the base of the roll, and fan out the strips created to make the legs of your spider. Then let your little one get busy with the paints to create the character they want! https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FBXC8nffn/
Kids love collecting stuff, so when you’re in the park or out for a walk, ask them to pick up small sticks – but obviously keep some wipes or sanitising gel on hand for the grubby paws! At home, cut shapes out of card to glue the sticks on to – this heart by @number2country_view is super cute, but you could go for their initials or something else instead. Finish with a coat of clear varnish for a rustic look, or paint them any colour you fancy. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_5bLYonEUY/
This one’s perfect if you have a shingle beach nearby – or just a handy stack of pebbles! They make a cute canvas for kids who love painting, and save you having to use up paper. We love the ladybird, owl and rainbow designs by @emholliday88– what will your little ones come up with? https://www.instagram.com/p/CAU5-N1Hhsg/
What are your ideas for fun and sustainable ways to play? Let us know in the comments below!