I decided to do a small round-up of the few crafts we’ve been doing to celebrate Earth Week.
For each holiday, I try to think of (and/or search Pinterest for) some fun crafty things I can do with Wren. While there are TONS of great, creative activities to do with little ones, most of the Earth Week ones I found are really best suited for kids a little older than Wren. Things like scavenger hunts, lessons, games, crafts using recycled materials…
But I managed to find a few things that I thought were fun and really well suited for Wren (who is currently 17 months).
I have also pinned a few things on my ‘Earth Day Food, Crafts & Activities’ Board on Pinterest.
But for now, here are some of our activites from this week:
Coffee Filter Butterflies:
I got this idea from my friend, Meg, who is really creative and always seems to be thinking of fun things to do with her little boy, Dagney.
The great thing about the butterflies is that I was able to use up some coffee filters that I no longer use after getting the Keurig. Wren and I colored the wings of the butterflies and then used pipe cleaners to make sweet little flutterers. I wish I could have captured her face after she hung them because she was SO proud!
Earth Day Coloring Pages:
I printed out THESE coloring pages that I found on Pinterest.
Wren loves coloring and using any sort of writing utensil, so this was simple but really fun for her.
Daddy and I both helped! Earth Painting: Also a Pinterest find, I think this turned out really sweet. We used it as an opportunity to talk about the colors green and blue, and also the circle shape. We also showed Wren where we live and talked to her about how much we love our Earth.
I think they are never to young to start teaching them about how important it is to take good care of Earth, to be good stewards of the land and water that we’re lucky enough to have. These are really easy. You just cut out a circle and then put globs of blue and green paint. Then you put the paint side down and spin the circle around and around. It turns out much cuter than you expect it to!
Wren wanted to get her hands dirty, too, so we let her transfer some of the paint from one sheet to another. She had a great time!
One last craft that I’m working on, but may not get to post, is inspired by THIS pin. Wren has been really into stickers lately, so I thought she might like to make trees and flowers with shapes I cut out from a magazine. And Lord knows I have PLEEENNNNTY of extra magazines around the house! It’s nice to give them a new life and let Wren get some creative energy out at the same time.