Earth Day is April 22nd, this might not be a a holiday that you've typically celebrated with you children in the past (chances are they've been in school and have done activities) but with everyone home now, I've rounded up some fun and educational Earth Day crafts and DIY projects. Plus I've got a list of books that will be perfect for any Earth Day celebration.
Celebrate Earth Day With These Fun Crafts and Books
Why do we celebrate Earth Day? Simply put we celebrate our planet and try to raise awareness for protecting the environment.
Fun fact, according to Earth Day .org, the date of April 22nd was picked for Earth Day since it fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.
Get this! the first Earth Day was celebrated in the US on in 1970 which means 2020 is Earth Day's 50th anniversary!
Earth Day Crafts
This first round of crafts are perfect for kids! Depending on your child's age will depend on how much help they'll need with gathering supplies and cutting paper, assembly and what not.
First up, this super fun Hand Print Earth Craft from Simply Everyday Mom. This craft is super simple and really cute. I absolutely love the party hat! This craft requires minimal work, and no mess! All you're doing is tracing your child's hand!
Have you ever crafted with salt dough? I have two projects that are perfect for Earth Day!
First, Earth Day Salt Dough Ornament from Little Bins for Little Hands. This post has a step by step instructional video and says that the dough may require 24-48 hours to air dry, so it'll be up to you if you want to make the ornaments on Earth Day or paint them on Earth Day. Either way, these look great!
The second salt dough craft, is this Easy Salt Dough Earth Day Necklace from National Beach Living requires less drying time and can be assembled all on the same day. Simply start in the morning and you can paint them in the afternoon.
If you have a paper plate handy you'll be able to create this great Paper Plate Earth Craft from The Inspiration Edit! Don't worry you won't have to free hand draw the Earth, this craft comes with a template! Print and cut out the template, place it on a paper plate and paint away!
This next craft comes equipped with an Earth template too! I love how creative this Earth Day Paint Chip Craft from Little Bins for Little Hands is! This is a great spin on a "paint by the numbers" craft, have your little ones (and your older kids) glue the correct colored paint chips to fill in the earth; brown and/or green for land and blue for water. The finished product is so colorful!
If your kids like to dress up and wear hats, this Earth Day Printable Headband from Simple Everyday Mom will be super fun for them! Again, this craft has a super cute template available for download which means all your kids will have to do is color the coloring sheet and attach it to white card stock.
If you have a coffee filter, you can make this craft! This super clever, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Craft from Catholic Icing is perfect for Earth Day. Who knew a coffee filter and some water could make something so beautiful?
Speaking of coffee filters, this Tye Dye Coffee Filters Paper Flowers from Any Reason Life is another super cute craft that turns plain white coffee filters into beautiful art. Earth is certainly prettier with flowers so making these on Earth Day just makes sense!
Further down the page I have some great book recommendations for celebrating Earth Day, this Earth Day Bookmark from Red Ted Art is a great addition to Earth Day story time!
This Planet Earth Craft from Go Science Kids features REAL DIRT! What kid won't love crafting with actual dirt?
Did someone say dirt? These fun Painted Flower Pots from Grace, Giggles and Naptime will make for a perfect art lesson on Earth Day!
Natural Beach Living has another great flower pot art project, this Marbled Pots Planting Craft is a great way to breathe new life into old flower pots.
While the kids are painting flower pots mom or dad may want to tackle this Easy DIY Indoor Plant Pot project from Jessica Welling Interiors. Simply draw on your design with a medium tip paint pen.
Earth Day DIY Projects
This is a fun project for Earth Day! Go out and hunt for rocks and then turn them into magnets like these found in DIY Rock and Fossil Fridge Magnets from Sustain my Craft Habit.
Earth Day and recycling go hand in hand. So it just makes sense to create projects with recycled materials. That's why I love this Recycled Container Herb Garden from Two Kids and a Coupon featuring cans and egg cartons!
Recycling and up-cycling is the name of the game on Earth Day. Learn how to Make a Notebook from Scrap Paper from My Poppet Makes.
No cans on hand? No problem! You can create this Milk Jug Flower Pot from Fun Learning Life.
Cans and milk jugs need not apply for this DIY Mason Jar Planter from Sustain My Craft Habit. Simply decorate with stones or pebbles and viola!
I love how resourceful this DIY Succulent Project is from Pink Fortitude. This particular container is an empty (vegan) butter container! I don't know about you, but we go through a lot of butter in our house and can certainly come up with a few empty containers quickly.
Lastly, you can use a box to plant succulents like this Easy Succulents in a Box from Francine's Place Blog.
Earth Day Books for Kids
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My kids love reading books and I think reading is a great way to learn about holidays and to celebrate them in general. Here are few Earth Day books that I found that are great for kids!
The Earth Book covers topics like planting trees, using both sides of the paper and ways to reuse old things in new ways.
Find out what happens when a once wasteful monster causes a power outage (no more TV!!) and discovers there's a big world out there and he can make a difference!
The always lovable Biscuit is celebrating Earth Day by planting seeds and cleaning up!
While the other animals want to celebrate Earth Day, Monkey wants to celebrate *his* birthday.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not" He speaks for the trees and he comes with a very important message on how to treat the environment.