1. Have a CBeebies countdown
Savour the countdown to Christmas with the CBeebies Winter Workshop. Kids can unveil a collection of new festive games every Friday from November 30th, with a final gift to unwrap on Christmas Day. It’s guaranteed to keep them entertained longer than a piece of chocolate, and saves cardboard and plastic waste too!
Top tip: there will also be an exciting treat released every day throughout December here on the CBeebies website.
2. Make every gift count
Try giving fewer, really special gifts you know will be loved, rather than feeling pressured to buy piles of presents. It encourages kids to value their gifts even more, cuts waste and can help stop your home getting too cluttered with discarded toys.
Top tip: watch for nearly-new sales in your area during the year. You can often get quality toys at a fraction of the cost.
3. Save your energy
It wouldn’t be Christmas without sparkling fairy lights, but you can protect your electricity bill and the planet by switching them off when you’re not at home, or when it’s daylight outside.
Top tip: if you’re buying new lights this year, switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs. Avoid big outdoor displays that are expensive to run and produce lots of CO2, which harms the environment.
4. Make a family resolution
Have a chat with your kids and see if you can make one small resolution that will help the environment. It might be recycling more, using the car less, or even have a weekly meat-free day. Small steps can make a big difference.
Top tip: little ones love taking responsibility for things like collecting paper for recycling – read more ideas for getting the whole family to recycle.
5. Keep it simple in the kitchen
Small children are rarely bothered about fancy food, so don’t go over the top. Before you do your festive food shop, think about what (and how much) will actually get eaten and make a realistic list. Every year in the UK, we waste 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies!
Top tip: stick to your plans and your budget so that you're not sucked in by supermarket special offers.
6. Get creative for Christmas
No need to buy new decorations – get creative with your kids instead! Use old lids and bottle tops to make sparkly baubles, old socks can be turned into snowmen, painted pinecones look great on a Christmas tree and Christmas wreaths can be made with pretty much anything you can find and recycle. Why not try using old clothes pegs to make a Tumblina fairy for the top of your tree this year?