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Five at-home and hands-on activities for kids

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If there’s anything we’ve learned from the last week, it’s that fresh air and creativity will be key in our current era of social-distancing.

We also know that there are a lot of parents—especially with younger kids—looking for how to keep kids stimulated in screen-free ways during this new period of home learning.

HerCanberra’s sustainability columnist Mia Swainson has three kids of her own and has been writing about ways to engage them in creative at-home activities for the past three years.

Below, we’ve rounded up five of her most relevant articles to grab ideas from—you might just get some keen gardeners out of it too!

Get some fresh air and plant a veggie garden

A great way for kids to engage in nature and hands-on learning—as well as learning where their food comes from—is through planting their own veggie garden (or helping yours come to life).

Sustainable Life: Kids in the veggie patch

Have a crafternoon with household items

Ready for a creative crafternoon?

This editorial has plenty of ways you can recycle household items into craft supplies. Endless (sustainable!) fun with no trip to the craft store required.

Sustainable Life: 10 Fresh ideas for reusing household items

Plan a zero-waste kids party

Got a birthday coming up in the house? Here are plenty of ways you can DIY decorations and even party bag treats.

Sustainable Life: How to plan a zero waste kids party

Design and plant an edible oasis

As we’ll all be spending more time at home, why not start a big project, such as a large-scale edible oasis?

It doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking—even families with balconies can join in the fun, with these simple and scalable ideas.

Sustainable Life: Create an edible oasis

Up-cycle and repurpose some clothes

Older kids might appreciate a more complex, hands-on craft, like sewing.

This editorial gives instructions for DIY-ing a shopping bag, beeswax wraps and even a 10-minute kids skirt!

Sustainable Life: Easiest up-cycling ideas for clothes

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