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Over the past couple weeks I have been talking to my girls about all things Earth Day related. The three R’s, with a big focus on reusing.
At six and almost four I’m not expecting them to remember every thing that I tell them, just exposing them to it.
Earth Day Crafts and Activities
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We’ve read Don’t Throw That Away!, got some great ideas for reusing common everyday items. We also read Why Do We Recycle?, This book is great for leaning about recycling instead of throwing garbage on the ground, in the ocean, and such. I have one more book to read this morning before school: Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day, we love Fancy Nancy.
We have done a few crafts too!
I took some toilet paper rolls and cut different length and sized slits in the bottom of a few. Some packing paper I saved from Walmart online orders, and paint, and we had a fun little craft.
Another fun activity we did reusing items that would normally be tossed right away was painting with markers.
We took some drying out markers that normally would have been tossed away and put them in a little water. Took some more of the packing paper and drew a beautiful picture!
You also can have some fun with the water leftover. If you put each color into a different cup to keep the colors separate, or put them together as we did to have some “rainbow” color.
You can check out some other great Earth Day ideas on Pinterest.
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Sometimes changing one little thing makes something new and exciting again. Like painting. You can only paint so much, so often with a paint brush and then, you just get bored. I almost find I’m the same way with the holiday decorations. Each year I get more excited as my kids are getting more excited each year. Here is one way we are adding decorations this Easter.
Q- Tip Painting – Easter Eggs
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Just changing something like the painting tool changes everything. We’ve done some finger painting and painted with feathers in the past, and I’m sure we’ve used Q-tips too but I hadn’t shared it apparently… until today.
I have this template of nine Easter eggs that I printed out for my girls to decorate. The perfect Easter activity and decoration.
We had some special Crayola Washable Glitter Paint, I am quite impressed with just how glittery it is! I only use Crayola products so that I know nothing is going to get ruined. An old egg carton is perfect for paint.
Q-Tips make the perfect dots. Lines. Makes them take a little longer to color something in fully – makes a 2 minute paint job last at least 4 minutes!
We have eggs that are full color, stripes, polka dots, zig zags, and repeat. No two are alike.
We’ve made a few Easter crafts this year including Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies and Cotton Tail Bunnies (coming tomorrow).
Painting with Q-Tips doesn’t require a template to paint. You don’t need paper to paint. If its warm outside take them and the paint out and test out painting on different surfaces, rough and smooth. Use water colors, or colored water. Get creative. Have fun. Be Messy.
What you do with your eggs is up to you! We have our on the cupboards surrounding the bunnies that we also made. They would make a great wreath as well.
Do you make decorations with your kids for the Easter holidays?
When I was little my mom used to “paint” my face all the time, using Crayola markers. As far as I can remember they always washed off without a problem. I was also well behaved and never did it to myself. I wouldn’t use them on Brookland or she’d be covered all day, everyday. Instead I found a face paint that is easy to make and washes off quite easily.
Only three ingredients: Food color, lotion, cornstarch.
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Today, day three, we did a Christmas craft I had seen on Pinterest last year and couldn’t wait to try… then I forgot about it… then I saw someone re-pin it and I once again couldn’t wait to try it. We created Christmas works of art, recreating the lights on our tree or on houses.
Finger Painting Christmas Lights
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I drew a line on a piece of paper with black marker. I added their names to the bottom of their papers, I was hoping to maybe have a keepsake if they were “perfect”. You know “perfect” that perfect Pinterest look that only a
child adult can do.
I put some paint down on an old pizza pan and gave them their paper.
Told them the general idea, use your finger prints to make Christmas lights, like those on the tree.
Austin’s finished product. I added another string of lights to go with her finger prints. You could also just do finger prints and then add the “string”.
Beautiful works of art by my beautiful children. These would be great for making your own Christmas cards, to frame and give as gifts to grandparents.