Earth Day is all about being aware of our impact on the environment so why not get the kids involved in a craft project that helps bring this concept to life?
Craft kits and science activity kits make great gifts and are ideal for special days with the kids, but what about doing projects on everyday days? We've found three fun crafts kids will love to make and use - and they all involve recycling easy to find items from around the house.
1. Recycled Rainbow Wind Sock
This is our favourite of the three not just because you have to eat ice cream to make it (well, actually that is the best reason) but because you can make it as vibrant as you want and watch the colours twirl in the wind. To make a colourful wind sock simply take an empty ice cream container and a few other bits from around the house. A bit of cutting and pasting and voila - you can make a pretty outdoor decoration to hang on your porch, outside a window, in a tree, wherever you'd like to look at a bit of moving colour.
Craft idea and photo from Preschoolrock.
2. Plastic Jug Ball Catcher
What better way to put your empty plastic milk jugs and bleach bottles to use than with a game of catch? You can make this funky ball and catcher set for one, or double up and make two catchers for two players and enjoy a proper game of catch. You make the ball out of newspaper and tape so you can decide how hard to make it. Ideal for preschoolers + up.
Craft idea and photo from Lakeshore Learning.
3. Milk Carton Truck
Boys love a good truck - and girls do too! This craft is not only fun to make but provides hours of enjoyment and endless play possibilities afterwards. All you need to make a class A dump truck is some straws, bamboo skewers, plastic bottle caps and milk or juice cartons - then go to it. Your little one will love decorating the finished product too.
Craft idea and photo from Origami Mommy.
For more green learning ideas, including eco activity and science kits, visit online eco boutique Lavish & Lime. If you have any ideas about Earth Day crafts, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!