Inspired by the latest issue of Action Pack*, Little Eco and I had fun this morning creating Nature Jewels.
Our home is scattered with little bits of collected nature. I grabbed a few pieces, some twine, and (after re-learning how to tie a few knots using the handy knot guide in the same Action Pack issue) we started creating our very own nature jewels.
My favourite was definitely Little Eco’s peacock feather shown above.
Little Eco loved her seed pod earrings and wore them for most of the day.
I couldn't resist having a go myself. I cheekily tried to gift the coal jewel to Daddy Eco. He understandably wasn't very impressed.
About Action Pack e-magazine
Action Pack is an e-magazine especially for children, written by Kathreen Ricketson of Whip Up fame. I'll be honest, the inner child in me was totally blown away by the current Issue (Issue 4) of Action Pack. It's a Great Outdoors Big Bumper Issue and is jam packed with beautifully photographed activities and projects for kids.
While the projects are aimed at children aged 7+ to make independently, they're also suitable for younger children with parental supervision (and for young-at-heart creative adults too). I know both Little Eco and I would enjoy any of the projects. Daddy Eco has plans to help Little Eco make an anemometer and a wind vane. I'd like to help Little Eco make a utility bag from an old pair of jeans and i'm certain Little Eco would enjoy making her own body art.
Three reasons I love Action Pack
1. It's an e-magazine and therefore has a considerably smaller ecological footprint than a standard magazine because it's production involves no paper, no printing (if you can resist the temptation to print), and no transport.
2. There's no advertising. 'This is because these Action Packs are for kids and we believe that advertising aimed at children is immoral. Children don’t need to think about buying stuff, instead they should be discovering how to reuse what they have and make use of natural resources that are found in and around the home.' Well said!
3. The projects are simply super super cool. Healthy food, creative play, recycled creations, and valuable lessons. From the current issue a child can learn how to read and understand the weather, craft a fishing rod & make a fishing trap, light a campfire, tie knots, and cook on a campfire. Can you imagine the confidence a child would gain from those lessons?! And the beauty is that kids will think they're simply having fun.
Click on the image below to find out more about Action Pack.
*I received a complimentary copy of the latest edition of Action Pack. The links to Action Pack within this post (and for the Action Pack button in my side column) are affiliate links.