I’m a Capeverdean native living in Denmark, currently studying my engineering master degree in Sustainable Design. I am married to a Dane and we have 2 little princesses. I hope this blog inspires you in multiple ways. Feel free to leave a comment or follow me on social media!

Make your own toys

Make your own toys

The future of our planet depends on us and on the next generation,  therefore it is important that we spend some time teaching our children more sustainable choices.
The teaching process however should not be so much focused on telling your kids what to do but rather showing them with your actions because in most cases kids tend to imitate their parents and learn from their actions. We can notice that children these days are influenced by society’s emphasis on buying new stuff and throwing out the old items. A whole  system  focused on the over consumption mindset which generates  more waste.  Besides, every purchase that we make ( including  new toys) comes at a cost.We need to teach  children about the consequences of throwing things away and encourage them to adopt anti-waste behaviour. 

There are many ways you can approach this problem, so you can just choose one that can be adaptable to your lifestyle. For example you can incentive your kids to donate  the toys  and clothes that they no longer use to charities so that other, less-fortunate children can give them a  new life or the next time you go out shopping for toys go to a second-hand store or drift store instead. Another way to approach this could be by allowing your kids to be creative and choose for themselves how they would give a new life to unwanted items or by reporposing packages    that we often throw on the garbage. 

All children enjoys being creative and having the chance to explore new things or express themselves. I can guarantee you, as this is my own experience with Khloé. So, this could be a great way to introduce them to sustainable values. Besides, this teaches your kids to be creative and upcycle items since their childhood.

Last weekend at home was all about recycling and reporposing  milk cartoon and other packaging boxes we had collected. Khloe, had been asking for a swing for her little dolls for some time, so i suggested that we could make our own instead and she thought it was a fun idea. Right after she wanted to make more toys out of boxes of course and we start brainstorming together. She was so excited that she wanted to bring the toys she had made to her kindergarten and show her friends. So we had the idea of making the milk cartoon box as a kindergarten bus, where we could draw all her friends as passengers and use it as a toy on the next playing date. It was indeed a big success.

 So, what are you waiting for being creative with your kids and allowing your imagination to guide you? Create a new world for play within your home,  where both you and your kids and spend some quality time together while you introducing them to more sustainable values. I hope that you now have some ideas of how you could make play time more "green" with the youngest ones in your life.

Before you throw away that  box or those paper-towel rolls, check out all the different kinds of toys and games you can make out of them. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.

Have fun and go Play!

XOXO Noe

DIY Fuse Beads coasters

DIY Fuse Beads coasters

Khloé's candies

Khloé's candies