With summer just heating up, everyone can benefit from a few tips on how to have kid-friendly fun while also being environmentally thoughtful. Check out these five ideas for eco-friendly summer fun with kids to ease you into your summer.

Getting your kids outside and away from their screens is always a good idea. To help you get your kiddos engaged with nature, set up a scavenger hunt. It’s a great way to help them really get in touch with the natural world.

To print out the below Nature Scavenger Hunt, go to mygreenside.org.

Nature Scavenger Hunt created by Wendy Gabriel

For those rainy summer days or, if you reside in my part of the world, the days when it feels like you’re living on the surface of the sun so you’d rather be indoors, here’s an adorable recycled craft to do with your kids.

What you’ll need:

  • Recycled plastic bottles (2 bottles per fairy house)
  • Natural decorations (leaves, moss, pinecones, flowers, rocks)

First, cut off the top of a water bottle. Since this is the top of the fairy house, we scallop-cut the edges and rolled them upward to make it look like a flower. Then cut an oval hole in the side of the other bottle. This will be your fairy’s entrance.

Next, paint your water bottles. We painted the inside of the bottles so the outside finish would look shiny. When your paint is dry, put your shorter (with the scalloped edges) piece on top of your other bottle. You may want to add some craft glue or use a glue gun to attach them. Then the…