Benefits of Arts and Crafts and DIY Eco-Friendly Crafting Ideas for Kids

Looking for a fun yet mind-boosting activity for your li’l buds? Here’s an idea! Green up your crafting activities with your li’l ones to help bring environmental awareness early on. Teaching li’l ones the importance of caring for our planet will have a profound impact on their life choices.   

Learning is more interesting when there’s fun involved, so let’s spruce things up for your little ones! DIY crafting sessions with your little ones are an engaging way to teach them about sustainability. Using objects you can find around the house teaches kids the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Why Crafting? 

Aside from learning about our planet, crafting also helps kids in other areas. Let’s dig into why DIY activities are not only fun but also important to your kiddo’s upbringing. According to research, doing arts and crafts activities is a holistic learning experience. It requires body, mind, and soul to craft. Here are some magical benefits of crafting:   

Encourages Self-expression  

Each kid has their own unique and special way of expressing themselves. Giving them a creative outlet like crafting gives them the freedom to make whatever they want. Being encouraged to create what you want also helps boosts their confidence. They’re able to take pride in their creations, so let their creative energy run wild!   

Reduces Stress   

Yes, your li’l ones can and will experience stress. The best way to take out negative energy is to keep their minds focused on an activity. Getting their hands busy with a DIY project will keep their li’l minds busy. Stress be gone!   

Brain Boosting

DIY projects are a great way to train li’l minds. Not only does crafting encourage creative thinking, but it also teaches kids how to be problem solvers and decision-makers. Mental exercises can be fun too!   

Earth Friendly DIY Ideas   

After taking a quick look at the wonderful things DIY projects bring to your li’l bud’s life, here are super fun environmentally-friendly activities for kids.  

#1 Rock Painting  

Does your li’l one love painting? Rock painting is a great way to add a splash of color in an idle afternoon. Take out your rock painting kit and turn plain ol’ rocks into works of art with your li’l ones.    

#2 Eggshell Mosaic  

Hold up, keep your eggshells away from the bin and save them for this awesome crafting project. Not only is this activity super fun; it also doesn’t cost a dime. Using things that usually go to waste like eggshells can teach kids how to be resourceful. With this mindset, they’ll be able to give things a second life!  

#3 Gardening with Water Beads   

Aside from giving things a second life, kids also need to learn how to preserve life. Planting with water beads is a great way to teach kids how to care for the environment. Giving them the responsibility to keep a plant alive is a big learning experience.   

#4 Flower Pressing   

Here’s a fun idea! Give old flowers a second life with your li’l buds. Oftentimes, dead flowers are thrown away and replaced with freshly picked ones. But who says dried flowers aren’t beautiful?   

Flower pressing is a great way to make use of dried-up flowers. Simply place a flower of your choice between two sheets of paper (in a book) and leave for a couple of days. Afterward, take the dried flowers out and place them in a picture frame. It’s going to be stunning!   

#5 Veggie Stamping   

Veggies make great stamps. They come in a variety of unique textures and patterns. Just choose your veggie of choice, stamp them in ink and start decorating. You can add unique textures to various things around the house. From kitchen towels, notebooks, and many more!  

Green Up Crafting Time  

Introducing eco-friendly crafting alternatives will help your kids understand the importance and beauty of nature. Having a green state of mind also fosters environmentally conscious life decisions early on. So, what are you waiting for? Start crafting green with your li’l ones today!   




Fun Activities to Help Inspire Kids to Eat Healthy

Got a picky eater in your hands?  This Global Child Nutrition Month, inspire kids to eat healthily and lead healthier and happier lives. A healthy kid is a happy one. Having a well-balanced everyday diet is important for every growing child. Not only is healthy eating important for proper growth and development, it is also preventative for various health problems like high blood pressure, dental caries, and iron deficiencies.  

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2020-2025) shares a recommended healthy eating pattern for kids ages 2 and above:  

Variety of fruits and vegetables 

Whole grains 

Fat-free and low-fat dairy products 

Variety of protein foods 


So, how do you inspire your little ones to eat healthily?  

The best way to teach li’l ones about food and health is to give them an active role in the learning process. This is because experiences are the best and most effective lessons. When learning about the different senses, kids must participate in various sensory play activities to properly understand how something feels, looks, and tastes like.  

Take your little ones on a food trip to the kitchen and involve them in meal planning, shopping, and preparations. Once they get involved, they will be more likely to try out new foods. 

Activities to Inspire Healthy Eating Habits 

Start teaching healthy eating habits early on to instill positive lifelong habits. But how do you make a bowl of fruit as enticing as a bowl of gummy bears? The answer is to educate your li’l ones about the nutritional value of healthy foods. To get started, here are some super fun activities you can do with your li’l ones. 

#1 A Field Trip to the Food Market 

Take your li’l one’s food shopping in your local farmer’s market or any other food shop. Going out and about will expose kids to all sorts food produce they might have not seen at home. Taking kids food shopping also gives them a chance to explore and pick out foods they want to eat. Snack times will be a whole lot more fun when it’s a treat of their choice!  

#2 Have A Mystery Tasting Party  

Kids are naturally curious creatures. Why not encourage their curiosity with a fun mystery tasting game? This is a great activity for little ones to learn about unusual fruits and vegetables. Bring out some unfamiliar fresh produce. Blindfold your kids and have them taste and identify or describe the taste. Not only does this broaden your li’l one’s knowledge, but it also helps them explore new foods that they wouldn’t try otherwise.  

#3 Play the Colorful Foods Games 

What’s more engaging than playing a game? Little ones are always more alert when there’s fun involved. Bring out a sheet of paper with a color written at the top and have your Lil ones come up with as many fruits and vegetables of that color as possible. It’s a fun way to put their nutrition knowledge to the test.  

#4 Play the Food Labeling Game  

Teaching healthy eating to kids can sometimes be a real snooze. Games, on the other hand, can make learning a lot more fun and engaging for li’l ones. Another fun game to try out is the labeling game. To get started, create labels of the different food groups (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, etc.) and pull out everything from your pantry and fridge. Gather all food items onto the kitchen counter and have your little one sort out each food item into their designated food group. This fun activity is an awesome way for kids to understand the healthiest to the “eat occasionally” foods at home.  

#5 Prepare A Snack Together 

Isn’t it more satisfying when you’re tasting your own creations? Help your li’l ones prepare their own healthy snacks. Have them pick out some healthy food recipes. Picking out and preparing their own meals gives little ones an active role in their everyday diet. What makes this activity great is that it teaches li’l ones to be more responsible and conscious of their own health 

Little ones need to take an active role in the learning process 

No matter what subject it is, it’s highly important to give your little ones the opportunity to get out there and learn through their own experiences. These fun yet simple activities, you’ll be effectively teaching positive lifestyle choices, inspiring them to lead healthier and happier adult lives.  

Christmas Activities Your Kids Should Experience

Hohoho! Bring in that season’s joy with Christmas activities your kids are sure to cherish for the rest of their lives. There’s no one way to celebrate the holidays, and we encourage new things. Make this holiday season your own, and every single one after, but there’s magic in keeping Christmas traditions by passing them on to the next generation.

While some aren’t accessible, such as snow activities, it’s an excellent opportunity to take your kids on a trip or get creative and come up with a fun alternative because of a difference in the climate. The children will be thankful to have experienced these Christmas activities for kids, especially when they become adults.

Building Snowmen

You can’t waste clean snow! Prepare the carrot, pebbles, and scarf to use for Mr. Snowman as the family tried to decide on a name. Consider it the commemoration ceremony to welcome the holidays. Throw in some snow angels, snowball fights complete with snow forts, and other Christmas games for good measure. No snow in your area? Then it’s time to get crafty! What can you use for your artsy snowman instead?

Drinking Hot Chocolate and Eggnog

Start it off relaxing and straightforward. Your kids might enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on other nights, but the holidays make every sip special. Alternate it with another classic holiday drink, the eggnog! The creamy and sweetened drink is sure to delight both children and adults in this cold season. It tastes even better when served on Christmas Day.

Baking Gingerbread Cookies and Gingerbread Houses

Can you smell the scent that will be wafting from the kitchen to the rest of your house after an afternoon of baking and decorating these pastries? If you can’t, that’s even more reason for you to do this with your kids! Guide them in the baking and making the icing. Then you can leave the art to them as you finish other chores or join in on the fun!


Even SoCal kids can go sledding when the family takes a drive up the mountains, where you’re sure to get fresh snow. At least there isn’t any of the powdery ice on the roads in the parts of the country where the weather stays mostly warm. Read up on safety guidelines for sledding and the clothing and weather to minimize any health risks and unpleasant surprises.

Donating to Charity

Remind your children what Christmas is about: giving, not just for people they know but also for those who need it most. Discuss the idea with your children, and ask them what problems in the world they’d like to fix. Then choose a charity or organization they would like to help support, either through cash or kind. Raising them to get involved in the community and change from a young age instills foundational values that would immensely shape their adulthood.

Gift and Ornament Shopping

They’re not just errands. They’re great introductions for kids to the holiday season to-do lists because they’ll certainly find it interesting to shop for their parents, grandparents, and closest family and friends. It’s a good practice of their empathy by reflecting on how well they know the people most important to them and decision-making.

“Go” to a Christmas Festival

Do stay safe and avoid crowds, but you don’t have to miss out on the enjoyment of one of the most memorable Christmas activities for families. Search for one that will live stream online, and watch from the comfort of your homes.

If you’re feeling up to it, recreate festival vibes at home for a complete experience, and they won’t feel like they’re missing anything. Can’t find any, or is the Wi-Fi signal not strong enough? Binge on Christmas movies instead, an option you can never go wrong with!

Keep a List of Christmas Activities for Kids

These are some of the quintessential things children should get to have during this season, whether the family believes in Santa, or Jesus, or not. Christmas traditions are cherished, so it’s important to pass them on, but making each year interesting and slightly different would help them stay open to new experiences. Ask other families how they spend their Christmases, and you’ll eventually find a list of other things to add to your holiday break.

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