Happy (Almost) Earth Day!
Are you getting ready to celebrate Earth Day? This year, Earth day is April 22nd. Actually, every year Earth day is on April 22nd. 🙂
I’ve heard some pretty mixed Earth day talk coming from Christians. Some feel the earth is going to be destroyed at some point anyway, so why bother taking care of it. Others feel it is our duty to care for the earth that God has given us.
I have to say, I’m with the latter camp.
In Genesis, we see God himself creating the earth and giving it to mankind to enjoy and care for. I don’t know about you, but when I give someone a gift, I get pretty upset when I see them carelessly tossing it aside or ruining. Since the Earth and everything in it is from God, I think that’s reason enough to take care of it. Let’s not even get into the harmful effects of pollution on ourselves and the generations after us.
Onto the fun stuff. I’ve compiled a list of some of the terrific Earth Day crafts and activities I’ve seen around the blogosphere, including a few we’ve done ourselves. Hope you can find something to use either in your own home or in your ministry!
Earth Day Melted Crayons
These super fun crayons are easy to make and are a terrific project for young and old alike. Find the full tutorial and more pictures at Nothing But Country.
Ways I Can Help the Earth Worksheet
I spotted this free printable over at Miss Kindergarten. I like it because kids can draw or write sentences depending on their age level.
Isn’t this cupcake cool? Under the Table and Dreaming tells how to make this little beauty in this post.
Bottle Cap World
As I’ve mentioned before, we go through a lot of bottle caps in this house, so this project would be perfect for us! You can find the full scoop over at Love and Lollipops.
Cereal Box Coloring Book Holder
This project is perfect for little hands and older kids alike. And it helps keep things neater on the shelf — win win! I spotted this idea over at 99 Crafting.
Earth Day Inspired Craft Tree
I just love the looks of this tree! Rachel over at I Heart Crafty Things made this with her kids after reading some Earth day books. Click on over to her post to get the play by play as well as some book suggestions.
Tin Can Drums
I absolutely love this idea! My kids are all about music and drums, so this craft will be a blast for them. Head on over to Makes and Takes (one of my favorite blogs) to check out the full instructions.
Earth Day T-shirt
I’m always looking for a good excuse to make a handprint t-shirt, so this is a project for me! Read more about this idea and a few more at She Knows Blog.
Magazine Circle Tree
Sara over at Momtastic got Arbor Day and Earth Day mixed up, but this tree craft is perfect for both. Read the full tutorial here.
Fabric Scraps Tree
I’ve just taken up sewing, so this project caught my eye. I’m not exactly sure it’s Earth Day, but I’m pretty sure it would be easy to make a connection! You could probably use fabric glue as well if you’re not into sewing. Originally spotted at Setting for Four.
Mr. Recycle Head
Can you even handle the cuteness of this project?? Very fun and perfect for reminding kids and adults alike to recycle! Read all about him at Easy Preschool Crafts.
Recyled Bottle Bird Feeder
This is a project we did last summer, and it was a favorite activity for sure! Check out the full tutorial over here.
Recycled Bottle Rain Stick
Since this project makes noise, I’m sure my kids wold love it! You could even make it with those mini-water bottles in order to make it easier for little hands to hold. You can find all the instructions over at Kids Activities Blog.
Earth Day Cookies
Who wouldn’t love one of these amazing Earth day cookies? Perfect for snack time on the big day! Check out more details on Tidy Mom.
FREE GOOGLE BOOK TO READ!!
Did you can browse through a number of book in their entirety on Google Books? Here’s one Earth Day themed book to take a look at:
More Sites to Check Out:
- Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites: This website is chock full of Earth day ideas including book suggestions, writing prompts, science projects, and tons of ideas about recycling and upcycling.
- The Imagination Factory Trash Match Up: This super fun site lists all kinds of “trash” products and matches them with fun craft projects for kids. There’s a huge list, so don’t put those recyclables out on the curb just yet!
- Nurture Store: This page has over 100 Earth Day ideas for kids including growing a meadow and tons of link-up ideas.
- Green Kids USA: Head on over to this site to grab some more craft ideas and FREE RECYCLING POSTERS!
Parts of this post were originally published at 3 Boys and Dog where I served as a craft writer for a time.