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Reduce Crafts for Earth Day

 

Free Conserve Energy Craft! -"Turn Off the Lights" Door Hanger Earth Day Project for Kids

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One of the best ways to take care of the earth is to lessen our impact on it. Producing energy to make electricity creates pollution. Children can help reduce pollution and their impact on the earth by reducing the amount of energy they use. One way they can do this is to turn off the lights when they leave a room. This printable door hanger is a great way to remind children to turn off the lights. They can hang it right above their heads, or just low enough to touch their foreheads, so that they will see it when they leave a room and be reminded to turn off the lights.

"Did You turn Off the lights?" Printable Door Hanger - One side says, "Stop! Did you turn off the lights?" and the other side says, " Save Energy! Turn the lights off!"

What you will need: Card stock (Heavy Paper), crayons or markers, hole punch, scissors, paper glue, and string.

How to Make the Door Hanger:

1. Print out the Front Pattern and the Back Pattern and make copies onto card stock. Have your children color the patterns and cut them out. (Printing Problems?)

2. Glue them back to back and then punch a hole at the top.

3. Tie a string to the door hanger and tape or tie the sign to a door jamb where your child will see it as he leaves the room.

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Reduce - Earth Day Seed Sprouting Project

Sprouting Earth Day Activity

Growing your own sprouts for salads and sandwiches is a great way to reduce your impact on the earth. Instead of buying sprouts from the store in plastic containers, you can easily sprout your own seeds at home. There are many methods, but basically all you need is a quart jar, a rubber band and some mesh material, or material that has a loose weave. Cover the seeds with water and soak them overnight in the jar. Drain and rinse them three times a day from four to seven days or until they are ready to eat. Place the sprouts in the light when they get their first small leaves so that they turn green. Then store them in the refrigerator. You can find many healthy recipes using sprouts on the Net. You will also find stores that supply seeds and sprouting jars.

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Reduce Waste - Earth Day Food Dehydration Project

Dehydrating Food for preservation is a great way to reduce waste. Instead of throwing away excess fruit because you can't eat it all before it goes bad, you can dehydrate it and store it indefinitely. Dehydrating food can save you a lot of money because you can buy fruit when it is cheap in large quantities and dehydrate the excess. Dried fruit makes great snacks and can be used in many recipes. You can buy dehydrators, drying them in your oven will also work. Look for directions and equipment online.

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ReUse or Upcycle Crafts For Earth Day

 

Upcycling Activity - Earth Day Project

Making old, useless items into new, usable items is what upcycling it all about. Instead of throwing trash away and filling up landfills, children can learn to use those "useless" items in fun and interesting ways. A great way to teach your child about upcycling is to pick one item that you throw away regularly and try to find as many ways as you can to reuse that item around your home. Some items you might want to pick from are plastic milk jugs, aluminum cans, and egg cartons. You can also search online to find other web sites that will give you additional ideas on how to use these items.

 

 

Green Guy Plastic Grocery Bag Caddy Milk Jug Recycle Craft for Earth Day

Green Guy Plastic Grocery Bag Caddy milk Jug Recycle Craft for Earth Day from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Plastic Gallon Milk jug with a Cap

Green Paper

Chenille stems

Bbrown Craft Foam

Green Spray Paint made for Pplastic, (or Plastic Pprimer Spray Paint and any Green Spray Paint or Green Acrylic Paint),

Scissors with a Sharp Point

Low Temperature Glue Ggun

Large Googly Eyes or Eyes Printed on Paper

Large Green Pompom for the Nose

 

How to Make Your Own Grocery Bag Caddy:

1. To remove the label from the milk jug fill the jug with hot water and let it stand for a few minutes. Do not get the label wet or it will just fall apart. Carefully peel off the label from all four corners. Then wash and dry the milk jug. To remove the inked numbers color over the numbers with a dry erase marker. The dry erase marker will dissolve the ink so you can wipe it off with a paper towel.

2. Cut a mouth shape on the opposite side of the handle of the jug. (Patterns for the mouth, eyes, and leaves are available to members only on the Member's Only Recycle Craft Page.)

2. Place the cap on the jug. Spray paint the jug with green spray paint made for plastic, or use a plastic primer spray paint before using regular spray paint. To get rid of the ink numbers on the top of the jug spray a little bit of spray paint on the numbers. The spray paint should dissolve the ink. When you see the ink start to run, wipe off the paint and then spray paint the entire jug. Let the paint dry for about an hour.

3. Cut arm and leg shapes from brown craft foam so that they look a little like the roots of plants. Glue them to the jug with a low temp. glue gun as shown in the picture.

4. Draw eyes on a piece of white paper with a permanent marker and cut them out. Glue them to the jug. Use a green pompom for the nose.

5. To make the leaf hair, cut leaf shapes from green paper. Wind brown or green Chenille stems around the lid of the jug and then glue the leaves to the end of the Chenille stems.

6. Hang your "Green Guy" up in your pantry and stuff him with grocery bags.

Great uses for grocery bags - doggy poop bags, waste basket liners, use as stuffing in packages, etc.

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Make Your Own ReUsable Grocery Bag - Earth Day Project

An even better way to conserve energy and help the environment is to use less. And one way to do this is to make and use your own reusable grocery bags. Children of all ages will love designing them and creating usable art. You can buy the material needed to make them or just buy them already made. Most craft stores carry them.

To Make Your Own Reusable Canvas Grocery Bags:

1. You will need heavy cotton canvas and cotton strapping. If you don't have cotton strapping, you can just sew straps using the cotton canvas.

2. Cut the cotton fabric 32" by 14". Fold the fabric piece in half so that it is 16" x 14". Measure 1 1/2" up from the fold on both side of the fabric. Push the folded end in so that you now have the folded edges at the 1 1/2" lines. The folds are the bottom edges of the bag. The folded material should now measure 14 1/2" x 14". Sew the sides of the bag down to the bottom over the folded part of the material.

3. Measure 20" of strapping for each handle. Fold down the top of the bag 1/2" and then one inch. Place the ends of the strapping inside the fold. and sew the fold down all the way around the top of the bag sewing the strapping as you go.

4. Use permanent Sharpie markers or fabric paint to decorate the bags.

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Decorate a ReUsable Cotton Canvas Grocery Bag - Earth Day Project

Protect the Trees Earth Day Canvas Grocery Bag Craft Project

What you will need: Cotton canvas bag, iron, pencil, permanent markers, acrylic paint, or fabric paint.

How to Make an Earth Day Canvas Bag:

1. Before you start gather everything you will need to iron the bag flat so that there are no wrinkles.

2. Decide on a design and lightly draw the design on the canvas. If you make a mistake you can erase the lines.

3. When you are satisfied with your drawing use permanent markers, acrylic paint, or fabric paint to finish the design.

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Grocery Bag Outfit for an Earth Day Celebration

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Children of all ages will enjoy designing their own outfits and then showing them off in an Earth Day fashion show to celebrate Earth Day.

What you will need:

Grocery bags

Paint

Decorative material from nature such as feathers, leaves, pine cones, etc.

You can also use scrap paper and junk mail

 

How to Make a Grocery Bag Outfit:

To make the hat roll up the top of the grocery bag to make a hat shape. Don't pull the bag apart as you roll or it will be too big. Paint the bag. Add other decorative materials to finish.

To make the vest cut open the middle of the front side of the bag. Cut a hole in the top for the neck. Cut a hole on each side of the bag for arm holes.

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Earth Day Grocery Bag Project

Earth Day Grocery Bag Project - This is an amazing project in which your whole community can be involved. Grocery Stores will welcome the free publicity, children will love being involved in something that will make a difference, and your community will enjoy receiving their groceries in a personalized grocery bag, and it doesn't cost anything except for the art supplies.

 

Aluminum Can Art

Collect aluminum cans, crush them, and paint your favorite subjects on one side of the can using acrylic paints. When you have created a masterpiece, place it in a frame and hang it on your wall.

See some amazing examples of crushed can art on Charle's Kaufman's web site

 

 

Recycle Crafts for Earth Day

 

Recycle Trash Crafts for Earth Day

This site has many crafts made from recycled materials you can find around your house. Below are a few examples:

earth day recycled Wrapping Paper Beads

Wrapping Paper Beads
Recycle Old Wrapping Paper and Magazines

earth day recycled tie snake craft

Tie Snake
Recycle Old Ties


 

earth day boy can caddie craft

Can Caddies Made from Recycled Aluminum Cans

Frog Garbage Can Recycle Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Milk Jug Trash Can Made from Recycled Milk Jugs


 


 

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"Take Care of the Earth and Everything In It"
Earth Day Crafts

 

The conservation movement started for many reasons. Pollution and the extinction and near extinction of many species was one of the biggest incentives for cleaning up the earth. People began to realize that if we don't start taking care of our earth, we will lose it and everything in it. God gave man the whole earth to use, and we are responsible to take care of it. Children can learn to take care of the earth in many ways.

 

"Save the Animals" Reusable Cotton Canvas Bag or T-shirt

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What you will need:

Cotton Canvas Bag or T-shirt

Iron on transfer

Iron

Pencil

Permanent markers, Acrylic paint, or Fabric Paint.

 

 

 

How to Make Save the Animals Canvas Bag:

1. Before you start gather everything you will need and iron the bag or T-shirt flat so that there are no wrinkles.

2. Print out the transfer onto T-shirt transfer paper according to the directions on your transfers, and iron the transfer on according to the directions for your transfer paper. You can use the color transfer or the black and white transfer and color in the picture yourself.

Member's card pattern

Instant Download Pattern $2.00 -   purchase  view cart (Color and Black and White)

3. Decide on a design you would like to add, if any, and lightly draw the design on the canvas or T-shirt. If you make a mistake, you can erase the lines.

4. When you are satisfied with your drawing use permanent markers, acrylic paint, or fabric paint to finish the design.

5. You can also use tie dye spray to add color or sponge paint shapes onto the shirt.

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"Save the Animals" Printable Stickers - A Money-Making Project for Earth Day

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A great way to get children involved in Earth Day is to have them work on projects that can earn money to send to organizations that help save the animals.

Children can make things relating to Earth Day and sell them to their friends and neighbors. If your town has an Earth Day event, they may be able to set up a booth at the event to sell their items, or they may be able to sell them at school to parents and students.

Printable stickers are cheep and easy to make. You can have your children draw pictures relating to Earth Day and then scan them into an image editing program, make copies, and print them on sticker paper. Cut them apart and sell them as individual stickers.

These "Save the Animal" Stickers are available to members or as an instant download. Print the sticker patterns on regular-sized paper and use the Creative Station Crafting System to make stickers or use the smaller sticker patterns with the X-treme Sticker Maker.

Member's card pattern

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Save the Earth Printable Earth Day Badges Craft for Kids

What you will need:

Card stock

Safety pins or Adhesive Safety Pins

Tape

Colored Pencils or Markers (Highlighters Markers work great!)

Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets

 

How to Make Save the Earth Day Printable Badges:

1. Use clip art or draw your own pictures on circles cut from card stock (heavy paper) or card board you recycle from items you have bought.

Member's card pattern

Instant Download Pattern $1.00 -   purchase  view cart (Color and Black and White)

2. Tape safety pins to the back of the circles to make badges. Hand out the badges to help make people more aware of environmental issues or sell them to make money for environmental causes.

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Earth Day Sunday School Lesson for Children

"Dress It and Keep It" Sunday School Lesson for Children

Color-by-number Bible sheet for Sunday School

In this lesson children will learn that God created the world for their enjoyment, and it is their responsibility to take care of it. They learn many ways in which they can help take care of God's wonderful creation.

Crafts and Activities Included in this Lesson:

1. "Our Earth, Dress It and Keep It' Printable Badges or Stickers.

2. "Dress It and Keep It" Poster.

3. Color-By-Number Picture with Bible Verse.


 

Endangered Species Awareness - Earth Day Projects

 

Flying California Condor - Endangered Species Earth Day Project

California Condor Paper Plate Craft Endangered Species Earth Day Project

What you will need: Dinner-sized paper plates, paint or crayons, black feathers, and a low temp. glue gun.

How to make:

1. Print out the PDF Pattern and use it to draw the wings and body of the bird on a paper plate. The pattern is only half of the plate so you will have to turn the pattern over to draw the other side of the plate.

2. Cut the head pattern from another paper plate.

3. Paint the wings and body and let them dry. Glue the wings to the body so that the ridged edges are facing down.

4. Glue the head pattern into a cone shape and then cut 3/4" slits all the way around the bottom of the cone. Fold in the tabs you made by cutting the slits. Glue them together to make the back of the head. Glue the head to the body pattern and glue a black feather to the back of the head.

5. To finish glue black feathers around the neck of the condor.

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California Condor - Endangered Species Earth Day Project

California Condor Paper Plate Craft Endangered Species Earth Day Project

What you will need:

Dinner-sized paper plates, paint or crayons, black feathers, and a low temp. glue gun.

How to make:

1. Print out the Wing, Head, and Feet Pattern and use them as templates to cut shapes from a paper plate. Or print out the shapes on to card stock and use them to make the condor.

2. Fold a paper plate in half and cut on the fold line. Use half the plate for the condor's body. Roll it into a cone shape and staple or glue it together. Fold down the point about 1/2" from the top of the point.

3. Form the head shape into a cone and glue it closed. Cut the slit lines and fold them in so they overlap each other. Glue the slits together to form the top of the head. Glue the head to the folded down point of the large cone. Glue on the wings and feet.

4. Pain the condor and let it dry, and then glue black feathers to the top of the head and around the neck.

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Taking Care of the Animals Earth Day Project

One way to keep our earth and environment healthy is to take care of the animals and plants. Children can help in many ways by providing food, shelter, and safe places for them to live. They can build bird houses, grow plants that provide the food and shelter animals need. Make their own backyard habitat for the animals in their area.

earth day Bug House Craft for kids

Bug House
Providing Insects and
Spiders with Places to
Live is a Great Way to
Help the Environment.

earth day recycled bird feeder craft

Pringle's Can Bird
Feeder
Made
from Recycled
Materials Earth
Day Project


 

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Panda Bear Donation Collection Container - Save the Animals Earth Day Project

panda bear milk jug craft www.daniellesplace.comPanda Bear Milk Jug Craft www.daniellesplace.com

Fund-raisers are a great way to get children involved in Earth Day projects. Have your children make a list of possible organizations they may want to help, or projects that they may want to help fund. Have them research the organizations they are interested in and find out how they can help.

Once they have decided on a project, they can make others aware of it and ask for donations.

This panda bear collection container is a great way to collect donations for their projects. Children will enjoy trying to help fill the panda bear with coins for Earth Day. A small prize can be given to the person who guesses the total amount collected at the end of the collection day.

Go to the Panda Bear Crafts and Learning Activities Page for directions on how to make this craft.

 

 

Plant a Garden to Attract Wildlife Earth Day Project

Have your children list all the different kinds of animals found in their area and then research what the animals eat. Have them make a list of the different types of food and decide what kinds of plants they can try to grow in their own yards.


 

Make Things from Natural Objects - Explore the Earth

 

Children can learn to love and appreciate the earth and everything in it when they get out and explore their surroundings and look for natural items they can use to make new things or create works of art.

 

Decorative Wreaths from Found Objects Earth Day Projects

Decorative wreaths and other crafts made from natural, found items help children discover all the amazing things God has created and helps them develop their own creativity.

earth day Dried Flower Wreath

You can find directions on how to
make wreaths from natural items
on the Fall Crafts Page.

Craft stick snowflakes www.daniellesplace.com

You can find directions on how to
make Natural Craft Stick Snowflakes
on the Winter Crafts Page.


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Earth Day, Recycle Crafts, and Earth Day Projects on Other Pages

Crafts from Trash Page 1 - Make things from trash such as milk jugs, cardboard boxes, old CD cases, TP rolls, and bottles.

Crafts from Trash Page 2 - Make beads by recycling magazines and gift wrap, carve old golf balls, make things out of tin cans, old ties, and milk jugs.

Sock Crafts and Learning Activities - Make sock creatures from old socks.

Paper Making Crafts for Kids and Adults - Make your own paper from recycled paper.

Milk Jug Crafts and Activities for Kids - Make a milk jug monster sock caddy, milk jug totem pole, and many other fun crafts out of recycled milk jugs.

Milk Jug Monster Craft from www.daniellesplace.com
Milk Jug Sock Caddy
Owl Milk Jug Craft from www.daniellesplace.com
Owl Milk Jug Recycle Craf
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Milk Jug Duck Recycle Craft

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Great Children's Books for Earth Day

Wonderful Earth!

Wonderful Earth is a captivating book about the creation that conveys an awesome respect for God's amazing work. With comical illustrations, fun lift-the-flap pages, and other paper tricks, children will want to read this book over and over again. While it is a great book, the author takes some liberties in telling the story of creation. e doesn't exactly follow the biblical account.

The last part of the book focuses on how man has not taken good care of the earth. Many examples are given of how it is being destroyed, including global warming. The author states that the world is in a terrible mess because "we're spoiling the beautiful place God gave us to live in." His answer at the end of the book is "If we ask 'God' to help us change, maybe . . . just maybe . . . "

Wonderful Earth! book

This makes a great book for Earth day, but it is a little harsh when telling children how much man has destroyed the earth with two whole pages of lift-the-flap pictures of destruction, including the controversial issue of global warming.

 

 

 

 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) was published in 1971 following the environmental movement of the 1960s. In this classic Dr. Seuss story the greedy Once-ler discovers that he can make "much desired" Thneeds from the tufts of Truffula trees. He proceeds to cut down the Trufulla trees despite the warnings of the Lorax was lives there. The Once-ler becomes rich, but destroys the trees and the local environment in the process. But he is not stupid; he does save a seed from the tree. Being true to his uncaring attitude he doesn't plant it himself, but gives it to a boy to plant and take care of. Even when there is nothing left but a broken down factory, the greedy Lorax manages to make money off the destruction by charging people for information he has on how the place became so desolate.

After reading the story, ask your children what the Once-ler should have done differently. Have companies become more aware of their impact on the environment today?

You can also buy Dr. Seuss' The Lorax movie to go along with the book.

 

 

"Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" by Steve Cox

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Pinch the Packrat learns the value of stuff. He has so much stuff in his house that it was spilling out into the street. His friends decide to have a tag sale in order to make money to buy a tree for the community park. They ask Pinch if he would donate some of his tuff, but Pinch loves his stuff and doesn't want to donate any of it. At the tag sale, he sees how much money he could earn by selling his stuff, so he decides he will sell some of his stuff so he can buy even more stuff. Pinch soon learns that he gets more satisfaction from seeing the other animals playing and enjoying his stuff than he received from owning all that stuff. When he is asked to donate the money he made from the sale to buy a tree, he isn't so sure he wants to do it. He goes home to think about it, and realizes how nice it is to live in a clean, tidy house without stuff everywhere. The next day he decides to sell even more stuff and gets his friends to sell their stuff so that they can buy even more trees.