Children, Families

Cork Crafts for Kids

cork crafts for kids

cork crafts for kids

Is it half term where you are?  Looking for ways to entertain the kids?  To help I’ve put together a round-up of some great cork crafts for kids.

I’ve written all about why you should try and pick natural cork stoppered wine over screw-topped or plastic cork bottles so it’s a good way of putting your cork to good use.  Otherwise you can buy cork stoppers online (eBay is a good source) or you can always ask friends, family and at local restaurants and bars to save any cork for you, rather than drinking litres and litres of wine to gather your cork!

Here are my favourite cork crafts.  As with any kids crafts, adult supervision and help will be required:

cork crafts

These painted cork keyrings from El hada de papel are very cute – simply paint a cork and add a little eye hook (available from any diy store) and hey presto – a unique keyring!
eco friendly crafts for kids
Cork boats, such as these ones from Handmade Charlotte are really easy to make and great fun.  You could make a few and have a boat race!

natural crafts for kids

These cork mice, made from champagne corks by Russian blog All Together, are incredibly cute.  Make a whole family for added “awwww” factor!.

cork activities
These cork knights from Red Ted Art are the ultimate in reusing and recycling – not only do they use the cork, but also the wire cage and the metal lid too!  And they look pretty amazing to boot!
diy stamps

If you’re looking for an incredibly simple and easy craft then these cork stamps from Knobz fit the bill.  Simply glue wooden embellishments (available from craft shops) on to your corks, and you have an instant stamp set!  If you can’t find any embellishments then buttons or even bits of foam cut out in different shapes and glued on will also do the trick.

If you don’t have kids and are wondering what to do with your cork then you can compost it.  Cork doesn’t break down easily so don’t put the whole cork in – first chop it up into small pieces (or put it in your blender) and add it to your compost bin.  You can also add the small fragments of cork to soil when you’re potting plants to aid with water retention.  Alternatively, use the whole corks at the bottom of plant pots, when potting your plants, in place of styrofoam or rocks, to aid drainage.

Main image from here.

Families, Teenagers

Environmental Games for Teenagers

In the time I’ve been blogging here at Moral Fibres, I’ve not written a single post for teenagers.  The trouble is the sustainability and ethical sector doesn’t seem to embrace and encourage teenagers to take part in the same way as it does with children and adults.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to write for teenagers: today’s teenagers are the decision makers of tomorrow, so I’m making a point of searching for teen appropriate resources.

Today I came across the great free online game, Plan It Green, from National Geographic.

plan it green computer game

Plan It Green is much like the classic computer game Sims.  In Plan It Green you are in charge of planning and building your own unique energy-efficient city of the future.

As mayor you decide what buildings, factories and power plants to build, where you site your buildings, and whether you invest in carbon based solutions, or in greener alternatives.  You can even choose to invest in sustainability education in your city or town to improve the lives of your citizens.  Each decision comes with benefits or consequences for the environment.  The improvements you choose to make or not to make effect everything from the happiness of your citizens to your city’s air quality.

plan it green game

You can even connect with your friends cities and help them make their city more eco-friendly, and compete with other “mayors” for the most eco-friendly city.

It’s a fun and unique way for 11-15 year olds to engage in and learn about the environment, renewable energy systems and what it takes to build and manage a city of the future.  Hey, it’s even fun for adults…!


All images c/o National Geographic.