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Sustainable school holiday activities

Discover 5 delightful and earth-friendly ways to make the most of the school holidays with your kids.

School holidays are a time for a collective breather—for kids and parents alike. They’re the perfect chance to step away from the everyday hustle and embrace a bit of slow living. Whether you’re fortunate enough to take time off work or juggling the balancing act from a home office, it’s a golden opportunity to reconnect with the kids without the usual rush.

When the holidays pop up out of nowhere (which they often do!), I just love heading out into nature and connecting with my kids at a different pace. And on days when work calls, I find joy in setting up a creative space for the kids close by, blending my worlds together the best I can.

Here are five laid-back, eco-friendly activities that have become our go-to for making school breaks memorable without the fuss.

Get Up Close with Nature on Walks

A visit to your local park or nature trail can be a real adventure. Challenge the kids to a leaf collection, a game of who can spot the tallest tree, or guess the bird from the feather they find. And if it rains? No problem. Throw on some boots and raincoats, and go puddle-hopping or search for little critters—nature’s own splash park!

Set Up a Simple Treasure Hunt

Turn a regular day into a treasure hunt. It could be at the beach, a nearby park, or even your living room. It’s all about finding joy in the little things, maybe with a small reward at the end or just the thrill of the hunt to keep them engaged.

Create with Eco-Friendly Art Supplies

Getting crafty with materials that are kind to the earth is a win-win. Paint, mold, and create with sustainable art supplies that are not only fun for the kids but also good for the planet.

Bake or cook together


There’s something special about cooking with the kids. Pick out a recipe, shop for ingredients together, and then get your hands dirty in the kitchen. It’s less about perfection and more about the fun you have along the way. Plus, it’s a sneaky way to get them interested in food and healthy eating.

Grow something green


Gardening can be a rewarding activity. Pick out plants or seeds and start a little garden project. It’s a great way for kids to learn about nature and responsibility, plus it’s incredibly satisfying to watch your plants grow.

And if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the award-winning kids activities from the 2023 Clean + Conscious Awards.

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