It’s easy to think of Earth Day as a fairly grownup sort of holiday, what with pledges to install a recycling bin or walk to work, but I believe that it’s just as much as kid’s holiday. Kids will inherit this planet, and there’s no time like the present to teach them all of the wonderful ways that we can help to preserve it. Use the following craft ideas to celebrate Earth Day, and sneak in a little bonding time while you’re at it.
Prepare for the big event by downloading LPP’s complimentary Earth Day Activity Booklet, and then cruise your house for supplies.
- Egg Box Garden—A little soil, a few seeds, and some water are all you need to make your carton grow. Once your seedlings are standing tall, you can plant the biodegradable cardboard carton directly in your outdoor garden spot.
- Feed the Birds—Pinecones and peanut butter go together like chocolate and caramel, but they’re much safer for the birds. Slather a pinecone (or three) with peanut butter, and then roll it in bird seed. Tie a short piece of jute twine to the stem and hang up your homemade feeder near a window.
- Creature Comforts—Is that box of cereal empty? Don’t throw it away just yet! Open it up, flatten it out, and you’ve got a sturdy sculpting material. Cut the cardboard into strips to make a caterpillar chain. Decorate half a dozen butterflies to hang as a mobile. You can even cut away just one broad side of the box to make a backdrop for an aquarium diorama!
- Earth Day Cakes—Tint cake batter blue and green before swirling the colors together to bake up some palatable planets. If you have a large cake decorating tip, you can give each one a “molten core” of strawberry jam.
- Watch the Wind—Use sturdy construction paper (or that empty cereal box) and some ribbons or crepe paper streamers to make a windsock. You’ll add some color to your yard and see which way your hat will blow.
- Print Your Praises—Write your own poem about our planet. Choose a word or phrase like “Earth Day” or “Recycle,” and create a mini-opus by starting each line with a letter from your chosen words.
- Cut the Power—How low can you go in power consumption? Put your heads together to come up with meals, activities, and entertainment that requires little to no gas or electricity. See who can go the longest without reaching for a cell phone or laptop. Spend the day outside to take advantage of all that free light.
- Adopt-A-Mile—Grab your gloves and garbage bags and de-clutter the ditches! Adopt-A-Mile programs get communities involved in making the world a cleaner, greener place.
- Listen to the Rhythm—What’s more earth-friendly than rain? Evoke the sounds of a spring rain with a homemade rainstick. Cap off one end of a paper towel tube with craft paper and a rubber band, add a handful of uncooked rice and some long, pleated strips of thin cardboard (there’s that cereal box again). Cap the other end, add some decorations, and enjoy a leak-proof indoor storm.
- Plant a Tree—It’s almost a cliché by now, but planting a tree is my favorite Earth Day activity. Choose native stock for heat and drought tolerance, and don’t forget to check for water and power lines before you dig.
There are tons of ideas out there for a green celebration; these are just a few. What will you be doing for Earth Day? Share your thoughts in the comment section; we love to “read” from you!