10 Amazing Earth Day Crafts And Activities For Children
Earth Day is a great way of getting our children to learn how we take care of this planet, to take responsibility and protect our precious home. Here are some Earth Day craft ideas to reuse and recycle whilst engaging with our little ones.
Every year on the 22nd of April we celebrate Earth Day.
The event was created to raise awareness among the masses about climate change and global warming. The day inspires us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation.
Earth Day began in 1970 and gave a voice to emerging public mindfulness about the state of our planet and is now is recognised as the largest civic event in the world.
Below are some great Earth Day crafts and activities you can engage in with children On Earth Day. I always find these moments with my children are often the best times to open conversations about important subjects. They are the future — if anyone is going to make a difference and start new ways of protecting the earth, it’s our children.
The earth without art is just eh!
An easy craft and an excellent way to plant wildflower seeds in inaccessible areas and wasteland. When the tissue paper hardens it acts as the perfect carrier for seeds. Why can't you just throw the seeds? Most seeds are very light and there is the chance of them being blown away by the wind, making them unsuitable for launching long distances.
Head over to my seed bomb tutorial to see how to create your very own. For these bombs, I layered the green tissue into an ice cube tray first to create the 'Earth' and then continued the steps from my tutorial with blue tissue/'The Sea' to create these little globe bombs. Be sure to select wildflowers seeds that are perfect for bees, butterflies, birds, moths, and other precious British pollinators. I bought the Johnsons Wildlife Friendly Annuals Mix Seeds from Wilkos
Rock Painting - Spread the message
What's more important than family, your community, and art? This is a fantastic way to blend all three and share simple joys on local walking spots. Collect flat pebbles, use acrylic pens (I highly recommend these acrylic pens - vibrant colours, nontoxic and safe) to draw your design and write your important message, and then go on a lovely walk in your local area to hide them.
Plant-Based Milk Carton Planter
We go through a lot of these a week and have found them to be such an awesome way of planting seeds on our spare bedroom windowsill and growing them into strong young plants that are then ready to be transferred outside when the weather gets warmer.
A great way of reusing and then getting to recycle them afterward - By reusing recycled items to produce new products we reduce the impact we have on mother nature and saves us from buying those awful plastic plant pots that
- have a short shelf life
- not green or eco friendly
- are laden with toxic chemicals
- are filling up landfill
- that are petroleum-based
Recycled newspaper Earth Day Garland
A fun Earth Day activity to celebrate our glorious Mother Earth. Reuse your old newspapers and cut out circles. Dip them into mixed blue/green paint and thread some string through once dried to create your own Earth Day garland to hang indoors. Store it safely to brings it out year after year.
Sea Glass Sun Catchers
Worn by waves, recycled by the sea, sea glass is a product of both nature and man.
Discarded into the sea, larger glass pieces shatter, break, and are then tumbled, tossed around by the waves, weathered by saltwater and friction with other materials in the sea until they obtain a glassy, etched and unique appearance. Follow my tutorial here to create your own Earth Day Sea Glass Sun Catcher.
Salt Dough Earth Day necklaces
Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, wear it around your neck with these adorable salt dough Earth Day necklaces.
- 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)
- half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
- half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
Pop your oven on its lowest setting. Mix your ingredients until it comes together into a ball. On a floured surface roll out and use a small circle cutter to make your Earth's. Pop a hole in the top (you'll need this later after baking to thread your string through). Put onto a baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid. Leave to cool and then paint. Once dried thread through some string and add some beads for your lovely necklace.
Earth Day Print Cards
A great way of spreading the importance of Earth Day with your family, friends, and neighbours.. Follow my tutorial here to make your cards.
Recycled Newspaper (mache) light up globes.
If you've used your balloons for the Earth Day Print Cards, wash them under some lukewarm water and dry them ready for this craft. Paper mache the balloons (4-5 layers) Let dry. Paint your paper mache globes to look like our incredible planet earth. Let dry.
Untie your balloon (ready to reuse another day) then use a wooden skewer to pierce holes through the paper mache - remember the more holes the more light. Then use a battery-operated light to go inside - My children love theirs in their bedroom at night. Lidl has battery recycling in their stores, so be sure to take your used batteries in to dispose of them safely.
Playdoh Earth Art
Playdough is not just for fun, it provides plenty of academic value as well as educational benefits for young children. It helps them develop important creativity and fine motor skills in a fun and playful way. We know that when young children are engaged in activities that invite them to be creative and use their imaginations, their attention spans will naturally start to expand. And as I mentioned earlier in my post, it's a great way to communicate with children in a calm and relaxed environment.
The 2 Minute Foundation
A cause very close to the hearts of my family and the perfect activity for Earth Day. The 2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity that is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time. Their message is clear - Every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there and every piece of litter you pick up off the street will not enter the waterways and end up in the sea.
By spending just two minutes of your time picking up litter from your local footpaths, beaches, parks, streets we are doing simple, achievable acts that can add up to make a great difference. Head over to the #2minutebeachclean website to learn about their incredible work.