Earth Day Crafts for Kids
Paint 2 paper plates blue. Once the plates have dried, have your child drip green paint on one paper plate and then drip brown on the second paper plate. Put the plates together and it will form a neat pattern of the Earth.
Earth Day Bracelet
Cut contact paper into a long strip to form a bracelet. Make the bracelet so that it will be sticky side up. Go on a nature walk and let your children put whatever they find (grass, flowers, feathers, sticks, pebbles, etc) on the bracelet.
Misc. Craft Items such as
Paper Towel Rolls
Using your misc. craft supplies and your imagination create your own Litter Bug. Be sure to make it an ugly little bug. Use this bug to show that this is what you look like when you don’t through your trash away.
Permanent Black Marker
Very Sharp Scissors or Knife (used ONLY by parents)
2 Liter Soda Bottle w/ cap
Take the label off the bottle. Save the CAP! Wash and rinse out the bottle and the cap. Cut the bottle near the bottom, a good place to do this is at the bottom of where the label was. Fill the bottom with your soil. Make sure to leave the soil loose. Do NOT pack it down. Plant a few seeds in the dirt and lightly water. Place the cap on the bottle. Cover the bottom with the top of the bottle. You will have to play around with it to get the top to fit inside the bottom. Place it in a sunny spot and watch your seeds grow.
Earth Day Shirt
Brown and Green Fabric Paint
Paint your child’s arm brown and your child’s hand green. Place the painted side of the arm and hand down on the white t-shirt. You can write Earth Day 200- on the shirt also.
Recommended Earth Day Books to Read
by Stuart J. Murphy
Earth Day is on the way, and Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park.
Lets Celebrate Earth Day
by Peter Roop
Using a question-and-answer format, the Roops introduce the history and importance of Earth Day. They discuss Senator Gaylord Nelson’s creation of the celebration in 1970; the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire that led to the Clean Water Act; the concept of endangered species; some positive results of forest fires; and recycling.
Recycle! : A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons
How to recycle various products to cut down on the need for landfills–for which space is already in short supply.
Earth Day Cooking with Kids
Chocolate Pudding Mix
Zip Lock Bags
In a zip lock bag place Oreo cookies, have your child break them up by banging the bag. Cover bottom of cups with crumbled Oreos. Combined pudding mix and milk to make your pudding, pour into cups; leaving 1/2 an inch of space at the top. Refrigerate pudding until set. Add crumbled Oreos to the top of each cup and garnish with a gummy worm.
Insect and Bug Crafts for Kids
Inside the Bee Hive
Metal Egg Holder from Easter Egg Dye Kit
(The part that holds the egg is shaped like a honey comb.)
Place black paint into a paper plate. Using the Egg Holder from the Easter Egg Kit dip it into the black paint and make marks on the yellow paper with it. This will give you a honey comb look on your paper. Next dip your thumb into the black paint and place a thumb print on your paper to look like bee’s in the bee hive.
Coffee Filter Butterfly Beauty
Spray Bottle with water
Let your child color coffee filters, spray them with the spray bottle. This will make the marker ink bleed into a beautiful wing. Next twist and clip with clothespin, making the butterfly wings. The kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
Butterfly Feet and Hands
Large White Paper
Any Color Paint
Have your child make ONE foot print on the paper. Next you will have your child make a total of 4 hand prints using the paint. Have them make two on each side of the foot print with the palm of the hand print touching the footprint. Doing this you will have a butterfly with beautiful wings.
Lady Bug Friend
Paint your rock red. Once the red paint has dried, draw a capital T with the black paint down the back of the rock and add black spot like a lady bug.
Black Pipe Cleaners
First lay out newspaper to protect your table. Next you will need to paint your Styrofoam Ball black. While drying cut your pipe cleaners in half. Once dry poke the 4 pipe cleaners on one side of the ball and 4 on the other side of the ball. Next take the googly eyes and glue them on to your spider. To make your spider walk you can poke a piece of yarn through the ball and tie a not at the bottom so as the yarn does not come back through the body. This will give you a way to walk your spider.
Recommended Insects Books to Read
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
by Bob Barner
Nothing fascinates children more than bugs! Vibrant paper collages illustrate spotted ladybugs, butterflies that flutter, and many more. The book includes an actual size buy chart and a “bug-o-meter” which lists the basics about each featured species.
Shaoey And Dot: Bug Meets Bundle
by Mary Beth Chapman and Steven Curtis Chapman
Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle is an endearing tale told from the point of view of one little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot stays with the little bundle as she is carried to the place where babies come to be found and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journeys toward getting a family.
by David T. Greenberg
This companion volume to the best-selling Slugs and Skunks! takes an irreverent look at another of the world’s most misunderstood creatures-bugs. Accompanied by Lynn Munsinger’s sly, witty illustrations, Bugs! is sure to disgust and entertain both bug lovers and bug haters alike!