Fellow environmentalists, it is almost that time again! April 22nd is right around the corner and celebrating Earth Day can be tons of fun, as well as highly educational for the children in your life. Special Earth Day activities and crafts will be much more interesting and exciting sources of information than say, documentaries and lectures. Go figure!
I found some great ideas for crafts that kids will enjoy working on while doing their part to help take care of Mother Earth. How Stuff Works is an interesting website in and of itself, so I suppose I should not be surprised (nor should you) that they have devoted a section to Earth Day crafts for kids.
There are complete printable instructions on the website (I am sure you will be printing on recycled paper and using the front and back) for things as simple as growing a bonsai tree to creative and fun projects like designing the "Garbage Gobbler"; a project that definitely has its usefulness. I love this project idea, as not only is it made using materials you probably have around the house, but it might just inspire the little ones to help with a bit of housekeeping.
Another website exhibiting noteworthy efforts to include children in Earth Day activities is Mail Just 4 Me. They have quite the selection of activities and crafts to choose from. You should easily be able to find something to appeal to children of all ages. I even saw a "recipe" for a healthy and artistic snack....just in case all of this earthy crafting causes appetites to swell!
One of my tried and true favorites, which is actually quite easy, is even included in their collection of do-it-yourself instructions. Are you constantly finding broken crayons all over the house? If so, you and your kids might enjoy recycling them into a new and amusing shape and color variation by melting them in muffin tins. Or pop them into metal cookie cutters and melt them to create uniquely shaped crayons your kids will love. From onion bags to egg cartons, pantyhose to Popsicle sticks, recycling plays a major role in the activities and craft projects they have compiled. Another site worth check in on is Enchanted Learning , which offers another great range of kids craft ideas designed to make them think about how valuable and fragile the world around us is.
Go ahead and help kids get involved in celebrating Earth Day. Not only are these projects great at home, but for schools, churches and other organizations. Perhaps you crafty moms can get together with all of your children and have a big Eco-conscious craft party in honor of Mother Earth this year. If it turns out well, you may decide to celebrate Earth Day this way for years to come.You can find more information about Earth Day and how you can help at the Earth Day Network site and check in on their blog for up to the minute news and ideas.