Posts Tagged "earth day"

Earth Day Recycled Art Activities for Kids

Forget about buying pricey art supplies. Celebrate Earth Day by upcycling what you already have at home. Take the kids for a scavenger hunt around the house, looking for cardboard, fabric and anything else to reuse. After you've stocked your crafting cabinet with recycled items, check out these kids' holiday crafts. Collage Portrait Your kiddo can create a self-portrait or an artistic version of a friend, family member or important person who affects environmental change with recycled magazine or newspaper scraps. Start with side of an old cardboard box. If it has lettering on it, your child can paint over...

Earth Day Upcycled Collage Craft for Kids

Help your little learner to better understand the importance of Earth Day with this creative kids' craft. Instead of throwing everything away, explore the possibilities of upcycling! Go on a whole home scavenger hunt with the kiddos, searching for items to collage into a giant planet project. Look for paper/paper scraps, old fabric/clothes or anything else that your child can glue onto cardboard. Before the art-making starts, talk to your child about why reusing and recycling is important. Ask them what they think happens to everything they throw into the trash and discuss where these items could end up (such...

Celebrate Earth Day with These Children’s Books

You know that Earth Day is a time to stop and think about how we treat our planet. But does your child realize what this eco-friendly holiday stands for? Help your young child to get a better grip on Earth Day with these easy reads. Check out these children’s books that help the littlest learners to discover ways that they can celebrate this meaningful day. I Am Earth, by James McDonald and Rebecca McDonald. This book brings the basics to preschoolers and children who are in the early elementary grades. Kids can learn about taking care of the planet and...

Earth Day Diorama Art for Kids

Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with an upcycled art activity. Your child can cerate their own outdoorsy diorama, using recycled materials. Start by discussing the Earth and your child’s favorite outdoor areas. Take a paper pad and markers outside and have your child raw what they see. If you don’t live near a ‘natural setting’, visit a park or a wooded area. Materials Shoe box Newspapers or child-friendly magazines Clear-drying school glue Washed and dried yogurt (or similarly sized) containers Naturals items: Grass clippings, twigs, flower petals Fabric scraps (you can cut apart old clothes or towels instead of...

Go Green with Earth Day Recipes

Go green for Earth Day with a few fun family recipes! That’s right, it’s time to go green — literally. Even though you aren’t exactly recycling your food, these kid-friendly ideas all come with a green theme. Then again, if you have leftovers in the fridge maybe you can reuse what you already have and make it into something new! Salad Surprise Remember that green salad you made for dinner last night? Well, your family didn’t finish it and it’s currently doing absolutely nothing in the fridge. What better way to go green than by reusing a green salad? Toast...

Earth Day Collage Kids’ Art Activity

Celebrate nature on Earth Day. This holiday provides the perfect opportunity for your young child to learn about the planet and explore what’s right outside of her door. Start with a nature walk. Bring a bag along to collect natural items. Ask your child to look around her and tell you what she sees. Now ask her to specifically pick out the natural things she sees, making comparisons between man-made items (such as street signs or a bike) and things that aren’t (such as flowers and trees). Materials Natural items – leaves, flowers, small twigs, pebbles Cardboard – reuse the...

Everyday Items to Recycle Into Earth Day Art Materials

Help your child to learn about her planet and celebrate Earth Day! April 22nd marks this eco-friendly holiday. If you’ve got a crafty kid, a few recycle and reuse art activities are in order on this special day. But, the Earth-focused fun shouldn’t stop there. Go on a house-wide scavenger hunt, collecting these eco-smart arts and crafts materials. Not only can your child use them on Earth Day itself, but she can use them throughout the year too! Cardboard Tubes Let’s start with which cardboard tube you should look for. Search for tubes that come from clean products/areas. Skip the...

Earth Day Globe Craft for Preschoolers

Earth Day crafts for kids don’t have to be complicated or focused on skills that only older children have. Your preschooler is ready to join in on the eco-friendly fun, and wants a craft to match her age and stage. Turn a few pieces of scrap felt into an Earth game that also doubles as a cute kids’ craft! How? Start by searching your art material bin for extra felt from other craft projects. This pulls in the reuse and recycle Earth Day theme. Materials: Scrap felt in blue, green, brown and white (if you don’t have all of the...

Host an Earth Day Clean-Up Event

Earth Day is coming up and you want to hold your own event. Now all you have to do is plan it. What should you do and what’s your next step? Get the kids and the community involved, and set up an outdoor clean-up for Earth Day! Pick a space. Ask your local neighborhood park association (or other park/community organization) if you can hold a clean-up. If the park isn’t an option, ask the kids’ school if they are willing to sponsor your event at the playground or other outdoor area. Avoid areas that border busy streets (especially if you...

Earth Day Events Around the U.S.

How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day? Along with your at-home eco-friendly routine (e.g., turning out the lights, conserving water and recycling), you can also check out one of the many Earth Day events around the country. Depending on where you live, your local community park or eco-friendly organization may have an event/activity already set-up. If not, you can create your own or travel to one of these celebrations! Earth Day Fair and Music Festival, El Chorro Regional Park, San Luis Obispo County, CA. This celebration features a variety of live music as well as exhibitors that range from...