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Family Days Out That Are Kind to the Environment

A family day out doing a beach clean
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The summer holidays can be a great time for family days out. From the beach to the park, there are lots of wonderful places to explore and create lasting memories. But what if you could have a fun-filled summer holiday while also being kind to the environment? Here are some great activities to do with your children that will help protect the planet.

Visit a Local Aquarium.

There’s something truly mind-blowing about diving into the depths of the ocean and seeing the incredible life that exists down there – it’s an experience that’s hard to put into words. It’s important to teach kids that there’s a whole world beyond their little bubble waiting to be explored.

When kids get the chance to see those underwater creatures up close, it’s not just a cool opportunity – it’s a chance for them to learn about where these marine animals live and how they behave. Plus, they’ll also discover the efforts we’re making to protect them and how they can make a difference too. It’s all about getting them involved in conservation from an early age.

Creative Crafts with Recycled Materials.

Crafts are popular amongst the kids! Making crafts out of recycled materials is a fun method to teach youngsters about the benefits of recycling. We’ve lined up some of our favourite recycled crafts for you to check out:

1. Toilet Roll Bird Feeder:
The local birds will appreciate you taking the time to turn your toilet paper tube into a birdfeeder. This is a simple activity that can be done with children of all ages, and once completed, you can enjoy the birds who visit your garden!
2. Wine Corks Giraffe:
Bring the animals directly to your youngster if the zoo is their favourite place to go! Your child can use a variety of wine corks to create their very own giraffes.
3. Toilet Roll Frog:
This one is a lot of fun to make. Children will enjoy making their frogs, and you may even create a paper lily pad to go with it!
See what else you can do with your empty toilet rolls here!
4. Yoghurt Cup Animals:
Clean out those yoghurt pots and create super cute animals! These pots can be easily turned into your children’s favourite animals.
5. Tin Can Planter:
Turn your tin cans into a fun, silly planter for your kids to plant and nurture their very own succulents.

Visit the Beach.

Taking your kids to the beach provides numerous health benefits and is a fantastic way to engage them in various activities. Beaches offer a wide range of outdoor opportunities that the whole family can enjoy, including swimming, building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball, and much more.

Who knows, it could be a perfect chance to participate in a beach clean, promoting environmental consciousness and active involvement in preserving our coastlines.

Sustainable Picnics.

A picnic is a great way to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. And it’s even better if it’s sustainable! With some careful planning, you can enjoy an eco-friendly family picnic. Here are our top 3 tips to have a waste-free picnic.

1. Low waste, delicious food.
Planning to picnic often requires carrying many snacks or buying premade food which is often not sustainable – however, preparing your own at home can offer an opportunity for foodies to enjoy homemade, sustainable dishes with less waste.
2. Reusable picnic sets.
Reusable food containers and cutlery are essential for you to enjoy an eco-friendly picnic. You will have more suitable reusables than you realise!
3. Reusable drinks bottles.
Over 7 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK – for the average person, that’s a whopping 150 plastic bottles per year! Remember your reusable bottles whether this is for hot or cold drinks.

As you venture into your summer holiday adventures with your children, remember that you can have a fun-filled time while also being kind to the environment.

Jordan Kellyjordan.kelly@accrol.com

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