Eco-Friendly Crafts for Earth-Day!
From a young age, children have the burning desire to explore their world and create something from nothing. Eco-friendly crafts spark a child’s creativity and inspire the imagination. With a little creativity you can encourage your budding artist and help save the planet by reusing, renewing and recycling broken crayons, used paper, and more. From common household items like toilet paper rolls and wax paper, to name a few, you can create an endless assortment of eco-friendly crafts for kids.
As you begin your spring cleaning, before you toss old buttons, single socks and other miscellaneous items, consider what these items could become. While you may think your throwing away trash, you could be throwing away your budding artists treasure!
Super hero wrist bands. Cut a cardboard toilet paper roll down the center and lie flat. Decorate with glue, sparkles, sequins, stickers or anything else you have around the home. Let it dry and slip it over your child’s wrist.
Eco-friendly Easter eggs. Instead of using commercial dyes for coloring eggs this year, use foods and beverages as coloring agents. Simply add the coloring agent to water and microwave for a few minutes. Stir and let the white shelled hardboiled egg sit in the mixture overnight. Use red wine for purple eggs, cranberry juice for pink eggs, tea or coffee for brown eggs and blueberries for blue eggs.
Bunny holder. Take an empty gallon-size milk container and cut out a large circle on the side opposite the handle. Cover the entire jug, minus the handle, with glue and cotton balls. Create eyes, ears, a nose and whiskers from construction paper. Stash Easter candy in the basket then once empty, use to store loose crayons.
Butterfly sun catcher. Fold a piece of wax paper in half and cut out half of a butterfly. Open up the paper and spread shavings of broken crayons over the butterfly. Top with another piece of wax paper and iron the two together on low (use a towel on top of wax paper to protect your iron). Cut out the butterfly, punch a hole in the top and thread a string through it. Hang it in a window to shine.
Box house. Recycle appliance boxes and other large boxes by turning them into indoor playhouses. Allow the kids to paint and color the outside. Cut holes for windows and doors.
Tin-can planters. Recycle tin cans by creating a planter. Poke holes in the bottom of the can using a small screw driver. Allow the kids to decorate their cans using fabric and glue, paint or any other embellishments. Place a layer of rocks in the bottom of the can, top with potting soil and transfer your plant of choice into the pot. Top with potting soil, water, and place on a plate to catch the drainage.
With a little creativity even the most common of household items can be turned into a child’s arts and crafts project. Use your imagination and let your child use theirs. Together, you’ll create a masterpiece.