Earth Day takes place every April, and this year’s event is just around the corner. Since 1970, people around the world have celebrated Earth Day as an opportunity to come together and take care of the planet. The movement has been gaining momentum for over 50 years now, and today, Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular holiday in the world. More than a billion people participate every single year!
As the fight for a cleaner, greener planet continues, Earth Day is a great time to start teaching your little ones about environmental awareness, eco-friendliness and sustainability. Recycling and picking up trash are great habits to instill, and Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to teach your kids about these practices in fun, enjoyable ways. From making crafts using recycled materials to completing a diamond painting inspired by Mother Earth herself, keep reading to discover a few fun Earth Day crafts for kids.
1. Earth-Inspired Diamond Art
Diamond art is a fun project at any time of the year. When you’re trying to commemorate Earth Day, though, there are a few specific designs that are perfect. Inspired by Mother Earth herself, our Mother Earth design by Hannah Lynn or the Gaia design by artist Julia Watkins are excellent choices. There are also options featuring landscapes, trees and other nature-inspired imagery.
That’s right, you can order a landscape diamond painting featuring beautiful nature scenes of all kinds. For example, if your son or daughter prefers a mountain or cabin scene, you can order a diamond art kit donning a cabin by the lake or a castle in the mountains. However, if his or her preference lies more with the beach, browse our options for diamond paintings with sandy beaches and warm waters or a cottage by the sea. By letting your child decide on the diamond painting, they will be more interested in celebrating Earth Day, and it allows them to express themselves creatively.
If you’re thinking about using diamond painting for kids as part of your Earth Day festivities this year, remember that Diamond Art Club kits are manufactured using only eco-friendly materials. And since our inks and glues are all 100 percent toxin-free, you can rest assured they are safe for your kids to use. And after they have finished their diamond painting, get it framed so it can be showcased to family and friends, not just on Earth Day but all year-round.
2. Plantable Paper Earth
Making paper is a fun project for kids of all ages. It’s a great way to recycle, too! And when you add flower or herb seeds to the mix, making the paper is only half the fun. To get started, you will need scraps of blue and green construction paper or cardstock, a large piece of screen, seeds, a large empty can and a rubber band. You’ll also need two bowls, a round cookie cutter that is slightly smaller in diameter than the can, a blender, a spoon and water.
Separate small scraps of paper into bowls by color. Next, add just enough water to cover the paper and let soak for a few minutes. Put the wet blue paper in the blender along with a cup of water. Quickly blend until it forms a blue pulp. Dump the pulp back into the bowl and mix in the seeds. Rinse the blender and then repeat with the green paper.
Put the screen over the opening of the can and then secure with a rubber band and place the cookie cutter on top. Help your child carefully spoon the blue mixture into the cookie cutter in a thin layer. Allow the excess water to drip into the can. Then, drop spoonfuls of green pulp on top to form the “continents.” While the mixture is still wet, carefully remove the cookie cutter and place the “Earth” in the sun to dry. Once mostly dry, peel the paper off the screen and press using heavy books and paper towels.
Once thoroughly dry, plant the paper Earth and wait for the seeds to grow.
3. Earth Day Luminary
Light up your child’s Earth Day by helping them make a luminary. For this project, you’ll need an old jar, blue and green glass paint, brushes and a tealight. Alternatively, you can use blue and green tissue paper and white glue instead of paint.
If using paint, have your child start by painting the outside of the jar blue. Let dry and then help them use the green paint to add “continents.”
To use tissue paper instead, start by tearing it into small pieces. Then, attach the pieces to the outside of the jar using white glue. Start with blue and then add green to create continents. Once dry, apply a clear sealant, such as Mod Podge, to the outside.
Once the paint or glue has dried, place a tealight inside the jar and light. Whichever method you choose, remember to never leave the luminary burning unattended!
Making Earth Day Fun with Crafts
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Doing crafts is a great way to make Earth Day fun for your little ones. It also provides countless opportunities to teach your kids about using old materials–like scrap construction paper and glass jars–to make something brand new. Try the projects listed above to get your family in the Earth Day spirit!