Stocking stuffers can be the easiest things for me to buy. I slip a little something into each shopping trip, keeping track of what I buy of course. This year, Crayola has provided some great stuffers, keeping our kids creative minds going.
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 everything that I tell them, just exposing them to it. Crafts and activities reusing items is the perfect way to do this.
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 learning 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.
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We have done a few crafts too!
Painting with Toilet Paper Tubes
I took some toilet paper rolls and cut different lengths 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.
Painting with Old Markers
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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Kids are getting bored of sitting around without something new to entertain them, or maybe you are just tried of listening to them whine about being bored and needing something to do. I don’t know, but this should give them something to do for a few minutes at least. This easy coffee filter sun catcher should keep them busy for a little bit while you take a moment to breathe.
Easy Coffee Filter Sun Catcher Craft
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This here is a simple, super cheap craft to brighten up your home, especially if you are a coffee drinker. Or maybe you don’t want to hand out your coffee filters all willy-nilly, and decide to pass on this craft, at least makes sure you have enough filters to make it through to your next grocery run/Amazon order.
You can easily turn these sun catchers into a fun little craft for any time of year. These can also be cut into an egg shape for Easter, a heart for Valentine’s Day, a snowflake, or even a flower. Let your kids use their imaginations.
What you need:
- coffee filters
- markers, washable ones work great ( We used old markers that are drying up. You don’t need every little space colored!)
- a spray bottle with water or water dropper
What you need to do:
- flatten a coffee filter
- color with markers.
- spray with water or drop water onto it with a dropper
Blending the colors on your coffee filter:
There are a few different ways that you can blend the colors together. A spray bottle on mist. Or as we used, a dropper. My one tip would be to make sure you have something under it. I used a dishtowel. Some thing to soak up the water (and color).
As you can see, once you’ve added water any and all of the water uncolored spots are gone.
These are a beautiful simple way to brighten up a room. A child of any age can do this. There is no set up required, and basically no clean up, just throw the towel in the hamper.