If you have been thinking of how to involve children in making more Eco-friendly gifts to give to their parents this Christmas I have some fantastic ideas for you to try!
Some of the projects are very easy and suitable for toddler and Prek groups and others are a little more involved and better suited to schoolies but whatever the age group, you are sure to find some inspiration in this collection of eco-friendly gifts children can make to give at Christmas.
Another nice and easy gardening gift is to make a mini garden. We made ours into a mini salad garden and you could make a mini herb garden too. Choose a small or large pot to suit your needs and budget.
With the ban on plastic bags, why not have a go at making your own reusable bag with the children's artwork. This image and idea is from Empowered Ed Facebook group member Fiona. I think they make a special child made gift!
When it comes to decorations why not avoid plastic and take your inspiration from nature. These nature clay ornaments are always popular and the children love making them.
We've scoured the web and found some more simple eco-friendly Christmas ornament ideas that you can easily make. Click on the links below each image collage to learn more about how to make the ornaments.
Bird feeders are another easy eco-friendly gift idea and there are lots of easy ways that children can make their own.
Another environmentally friendly way to approach gift making is to use items that you already have around (and that was probably destined for landfill). Reusing and upcycling materials in this way helps to show children how we can reduce waste and find new uses for old things if we think creatively! The activities below are all made from recycled materials.
For more fun early learning ideas and inspiration why not join our group of early childhood educators from around the world in our Empowered Educator Facebook Group.
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Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
Jodie is mum to 3 in Australia and has already helped thousands of educators with their work through her popular blog posts, activity ideas, online training and e-books.