I don’t want to jinx it but we have been outside in the sun everyday for a week! In honor of our re-connection with nature I thought I would round up some of our favorite nature activities for kids in one handy place. I hope that no matter where you live that mother nature lets you get outside to explore these nature activities with your kids soon!
Beach In A Jar
Sticky Window Garden
Not A Stick Story & Activity
Painting With Nature
Backyard Photo Safari
Bird & Stick Collage
Find & Count Bug Hunt
Nature Color Hunt
by Allison McDonald
Earth Day is coming up and I have been talking to my kids more and more about why we recycle and what we also try to re-use at home. As you can imagine we re-use many things for projects and activities I write about on the blog. So much so that my son will often hand me his garbage and say ” Can you use this for a project?” Even I haven’t found a good use for string cheese wrappers ! Today we are using a collection of recycled objects for a wide open art project. As you will see my daughter has a favorite earth friendly painting tool.
- Gather your materials. You will need some paint, a tray for the paint, some paper, and recycled objects to paint with. We went around the house and into my art closet to choose the objects.
- Pour paint into the tray ( or cake pan) . I had my daughter look outside to tell me what colors she saw. Then we used those colors for the painting. I have the paper taped down because I had a feeling she’d end up finger painting and this keeps the paper from sticking to her hands and ending up on the floor.
- Explore! This is wide open . She liked the toilet paper roll but hated the little cap. The ribbon spool made interesting prints but the real fun was in using her hands. The ultimate re-usable paint brush! After plopping on the paint with her hands she explored the marks that some of the recycled objects made. Rolling the toilet paper roll was a fun discovery too.
Books About Recycling
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches is awesome! I only wish that my son was old enough to enjoy it as much as I did. It’s not aimed at 2 year olds at all, but he did like to open it to the page with the recycling truck and point out all the parts to me. The book itself takes the reader through the complete process from crude oil, to bottle and then to synthetic fleece. I am not too proud to admit I learned s a few new things and had a few good laughs along the way with the books little bits of humor too. I think most 5 year olds would enjoy this book, and it’s easy to break it down for those unable to sit for this much text. Also the book was printed on 100% post consumer waste paper.
Trash And Recycling by Stephanie Turnball is a great book ! I learned more about garbage and the recycling process reading this to my son over lunch than I ever knew! He loved it and despite being a pretty sophisticated book for a 3 year old immediately asked to read it again as soon as I closed it. It explains the whole process from curbside pick up, land fills, incineration and recycling. The idea for today’s activity came from the sorting of recyclable garbage from this book!
I don’t know many households that don’t have a few empty paper rolls hanging around. They are great for crafts and we have 15 fun ideas to use paper rolls for. Earth Day is coming up and making one ( or more) of these crafts is a wonderful hands on way to teach your children about recycling.
2.Toilet Roll Frankenstein
3. Paper Roll Rocket
5. Music Shaker
6.Toilet Paper Roll Puppets
7. Toilet Paper Roll Airplane
9. Paper Roll Apples
10.Wrapping Paper Roll Flag
12. Paper Roll Necklace
13. Paper Roll Flutes
15. Paper Roll Flowers
When is Earth Day? It’s April 22nd , so it’s time to round up and share our Earth Day crafts and activities. What I love about Earth Day is that there are so many angles you can take. The 3 Rs – Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle is a great way to start . You can also focus on learning about how the Earth works, how we are taking from it and how we can try to give back . The Earth Day crafts for kids listed here are all hands on ways to teach your child about our beautiful planet.
Puffy Paint Earth
Make Recycled Paper At Home
Garden Sensory Tub
Coffee Filter Earth Garland
Recycling or Trash Sorting Game
Coffee Grounds Sensory Tub
Paper Beads ( from recycled flyers)
Recycled Crayon Candle
Earth Day Muffins
Recycled Crayons Using Solar Energy
Scrap Paper Confetti Earth
Earth Day Tambourine
Table Top Recycling Center
Recycled Bird Feeder
Do you do anything special with your kids to celebrate our wonderful planet?
This craft was super easy to do and really quite pretty in person. It uses materials from your recycling bin and scrap paper box and gives you a chance to chat about Earth Day with your artist as they create.
- Gather your materials. You will need a cereal box or other easy to cut cardboard from your recycling bin, green markers, blue scrap paper, glue and a hole punch.
- Start by cutting out a circle from your cardboard.
- Next cut your scrap paper into strips and fold over – this will make punching the holes go much faster, although as you will see little hands have a hard time with doubled paper. I punched out 2 strips while he did the next step , then he had his turn.
- Color. We colored ours green because we had blue scrap paper , you can switch the colors based on what materials you have and punch green instead of blue.
- Empty out the holes ( this was his favorite part ?!)
- Add glue
- Spread it .
- Add the holes.
- Let dry. Easy peasy, earth friendly and fun!
Tomorrow we are going to plant some seeds in baby food jars we have saved, what are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?