Happy Earth Day! Right, I know, we should be aware of treating our planet with love every day, but Earth Day is a good way to really celebrate keeping our home healthy and could be a good kick-off day to start some new good-for-the-earth habits (where is your recycling bin, hmmm?). It's also a day just to have fun with some Earth Day-rific crafts and games. Need some ideas? Here you go:
Read The Lorax - Yup, have some great reading time focused on being kind to your environment. The Dr. Seuss classic focuses on being aware of what we do and how we treat nature and there are a bunch of other great Earth Day books. Take a nice walk to the library and check ‘em out.
Talk a hike - Make that walk to the library part of a long fun hike outside. Even if the weather isn't great, get outside and see what all our planet has to offer.
Plant something - Outdoors, indoors, doesn't matter where, but snag some seeds and grow something. This is such a great adventure for kids that last well after you wash the potting soil off those hands. Veggies, flowers, trees...whatever you want.
Do some Earth-friendly crafts - The best crafts to honor our planet re-use some old things and make them into fabulous, fun new items. Kiddo and I love doing this, and I found two really cool ones on Kaboose.com.
What you need: Empty quart sized cardboard milk carton, scissors, string or cord, hole punch or pencil, birdseed
How to make it: Cut a hole in the bird feeder - it should be big enough so a bird could come and sit and eat the feed, but not too big or the carton will become unstable. Cut a hole using the hole punch in the top of the milk carton and put a string through the hole. Alternatively, you can poke a hole on either side of the flap at the top of the carton by poking a pencil through the top. Tie a knot in the string. Fill the carton with birdseed until it reaches the top of the hole. Hang the cart on a tree branch and watch the birds enjoy their snack...be sure an adult supervises the cut and hole-making.
What you need: Empty cereal box, scissors, paint or cloth or whatever you want to cover it with, glue, sand paper or gesso/craft medium (like Liquitex Basics Gesso)
How to make it: Cut off top of cereal box. Halfway across top of box, cut at a 45 degree angle down to front of your magazine holder, cut straight across then back up other side at the same angle. Lightly sandpaper outside of cereal box. (They are usually shiny, coated paper.) Alternatively, you can paint a layer of gesso all over the box. Either one of these methods will help the paint adhere to the box. Paint the box white and decorate with other pain or glue on fabric or decoupage scraps, do anything to cover it and make it awesome.
What are you doing fro Earth Day? Do you recycle?