Earth Day Crafts for Kids
Earth Day (April 22nd) is a great opportunity for kids to get creative and learn more about the world around them and their role in looking after it. It’s never too early to learn about recycling, repurposing old items, and making choices that are better for the planet that we all call home. This article is full of Earth Day craft ideas for kids that are fun and easy to make!
Earth Day Collage
What better way to kick of the Earth Day festivities than with a collage of the planet itself?
You will need:
- Old magazines, leaflets, packaging, or newspapers with a lot of blue and green imagery
- Scissors (blunt, kid-friendly ones will work. Can be supervised or cut by an adult.)
- A glue stick (or PVA glue)
- A4 paper or card
- A pencil
Using the pencil, trace around a medium-sized plate or similar round object to create a circle on your card or paper. This will form the template for your Earth collage.
Then, go through your magazines and other printed materials to find as much blue and green as you can, and cut it out in small pieces.
Once you have enough pieces, put them together on your circle using the green pieces to form the continents, and the blue to make the oceans. (It’s okay if some of the pieces go over the edge of the circle, as you will be cutting this out at the end!) When you are happy with your layout, you can start gluing the pieces down. Try to cover as much of the blank paper as you can to create a really full and lovely Earth collage!
Alternatively, you can cover the whole circle in a thin layer of PVA glue and stick all your pieces down that way, although this will be messier and will take longer to dry.
Once all your pieces are stuck down and dried, you can cut around your circle, trimming off any excess pieces that go over the edge to create a smooth outline.
If you want, you can add a cute face to give your Earth collage a bit of personality, or you can finish it there, ready to hang up as a lovely reminder of the planet we all call home.
Easy DIY Bird Feeder
This craft project is a super easy way to bring wildlife to your own garden, balcony, or window! Kids can make their very own bird feeders and watch as the birds come to visit and snack on their project. This is a great opportunity for kids to study birds up close and learn about the importance of caring for animals.
All you need is:
- One jar of peanut butter (or, if peanut allergies are an issue, alternatives such as almond butter, sunflower butter, and soy butter can be used instead)
- Popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks)
- One toilet paper roll (or more depending on how many feeders you are making!)
- Jute twine or other natural string (e.g. cotton)
- Bird food/seed
- A plate or large dish
Note: This craft can be quite messy, so you may want to do it outside!
The first thing you want to do is spread the bird seed out on the surface of the plate or dish, ensuring consistent coverage. Then, using the popsicle sticks, spread the peanut butter (or alternative) over the entire outside of the toilet paper roll. (This part is messy, so be careful!) Once covered, begin to roll the tube over the bird seed so that it sticks to the peanut butter. Do this until the toilet paper roll is completely covered in bird seed and you can’t get any more to stick on.
If the peanut butter (or alternative) becomes too warm and soft during this process, you may wish to leave your feeder in the fridge for an hour or so to set. Once you’re happy with it, thread the string or twine through the toilet paper roll and tie it off at an appropriate length for where you are going to hang it. With the help of a grown-up, hang your bird feeder from a tree branch, hook, or any appropriate space, and voila! Your very own bird feeder is complete. Now just sit back and watch the birds!
Reusable & Reused Tic-Tac-Toe (aka Noughts and Crosses)
This super easy craft will allow kids to create a game that they can play again and again! Tic-tac-toe (also known as noughts and crosses) is usually played by drawing on a piece of paper that ends up getting thrown away, but this version can be reused time and time again. It is also made up entirely of reused materials, so it’s win-win for the environment!
You will need:
- Thin cardboard e.g. from a cereal box
- Permanent marker e.g. Sharpie or Posca
- 10 drinks bottle lids (or any lid of a suitable size)
- Scissors (to be used with adult supervision or by an adult only!)
First, cut the cardboard into a 6x6in (15x15cm) square with the help of a grown-up. Then, draw a 9-square tic-tac-toe grid with the permanent marker onto the cardboard.
Use that same pen to create five bottle lids with an X on them, and five lids with an O. This works best with clear or light coloured lids, but darker lids are also okay as long as the marking is visible.
You now have a reusable game of tic-tac-toe that can be played countless times! And if you have an envelope to put it in, you can take it on the go – perfect for long journeys or lunchtimes at school!
As well as full-on craft projects, there are loads of fun colouring pages and activities available online that you can print out for the kids, including these ones right here on Creative Fabrica:
Earth Colouring Page
This Earth colouring page is a great starting point for any Earth Day colouring activities.
Cute Animal Colouring Pages
Earth Day Clip Art
If you want to create your own custom colouring pages, these Earth Day illustrations are just the thing you need!
Earth Day Design Bundle
For older kids, or with adult supervision, you could use these Earth Day designs to make t-shirts and tote bags with iron-on vinyl.
Do you have any other fun ideas for Earth Day crafts? Let us know in the comments below!