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Arts & Crafts: Holidays > Earth Day


Little Earths added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Coffee filters, blue and green colored water (with food color), and eyedroppers

Directions: Fill a muffin tin with blue water and green colored water. The children use the eyedropper to pick up the water and place it on the coffee filter. (great for small motor control). When they dry, they look like the Earth...at times I label... Happy Earth Day 20__.

Marble Painting Earths added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Blue Construction paper, Pie Pan, Blue Paint, Green Paint, and a globe.

Directions: Have circles cut out of blue construction paper to fit just inside of a pie pan. Have the children put a marble into some blue paint and into some green paint. Use a spoon to take it out... move the pie pan back and forth and create "an earth" We then talk about what the green stands for and what the blue stands for. (I show them a globe first.. and we talk about all the different names for the earth. (i.e. world globe earth etc)


Litter Bags added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Lunch bag, markers or crayons, and stickers.

Directions: Have the children decorate a white lunch bag with markers or crayons and stickers. Use the bags to collect the littler, or take the bags home, to hang in the family car.


Mural Forest added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Butcher paper, green paint, brown marker, child's hand

Directions: To make a tree, press a child's hand into green tempera paint. Keeping the fingers & thumb close together, press the hand on a roll piece of white butcher paper, making the tree, leaves and branches. Have the children print their hands as many times as they would like on the same paper to make a forest. Use a brown  maker sideways, print the child's names under their trees to make the trunks.


Trash Collage added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, scraps, candy wrappers, junk mail, etc.

Directions: Use thrown away paper, labels, scraps cut from junk mail, everything you can find that is typically thrown away - to make a collage.


Trash Monster added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Grocery Bags, Pipe Cleaners, and Construction Paper

Directions: Get 2 large paper grocery bags for each child. Cut a large oval out of the bottom of one. Slide it into the other bag, open end first, so that the oval is on top. The oval will be the monster's mouth. Decorate the top of the bag with construction paper eyes, mouth, hair, whatever. Poke a small hole on the top center, about 2" from the edge, and another on the back, about 3" from the top. Run a pipe cleaner through the two holes and twist together to make a handle. Then take the monsters for a walk, and "feed" them any trash you find. Also looks cute for a trash bag in the child's room. To empty and reuse, untwist the pipe cleaner and pull the top bag out, empty and replace.


Earths added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: white paper, paint, sponges, paper towel

Directions: Cut out large circles out of white paper, and give the children blue, turquoise blue, and green paints. Use little sponges to put these three colors onto their earth, by mixing the colors around the paper it does really look like earth! Then to make the effect just one better, we took paper towels, crumpled them up, and blotted dry our Earths. The effect was great.


Earth Sun Catcher added 3-13-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Glue, Blue Food Coloring, Margarine Tub Lid, Brown Permanent Marker, Yarn or String

Directions: Pour about 1/3 cup of white glue into a cup, and add about 5 drops of food coloring, stir well. This will dry much darker, so don't add any more color than this. Fill a margarine tub lid with the glue, and let it dry completely. This could take 
several days, even a week if there is a lot of humidity. When it is totally dry, peel the blue circle out of the lid. With a brown permanent marker, draw on the land forms. This will usually stick to the glass window, but if it doesn't, punch a hole in the top and thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through it to hang.


 

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