Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day Crafts for Kids

With Earth Day quickly approaching environmentally friendly topics are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Everyone is trying to do their part to help make the world green. It’s important to teach our children this way of living as early as possible so that they can learn the practices and carry it on into adulthood. So how can we include our children in our quest to be more eco friendly in our home?

This morning Annette Cooper, Managing Editor of Washington FAMILY Magazine appeared on the WUSA9 News Now program showing two crafts that are earth smart and will make your home beautiful.

Here is a link to the video.

Annette also had two very special guests (children) with her to show how to do two environmentally friendly crafts.

The first craft is to make a homemade bird feeder. All you need are four items: a pinecone, peanut butter, birdseed and a string.

Take your pinecone and smear peanut butter all over it. Then roll your pinecone in birdseed. And last but not least, tie a string around your pinecone and hang it in your backyard. Make sure to keep some binoculars near your backyard window so your kids can keep a lookout for all the different birds.

The second craft is to make your own wall art. Everyone has bits and pieces around their house that mean something to only them. So why not make your own collage and frame it. This activity allows you to be as simple or elaborate as you want.

Take papers you’ve collected from family vacations and arrange them on a background paper, add some ribbon or other element that you have lying around your house and then put your finished collage in a picture frame. Using paper is a great way to be environmentally friendly since paper is a renewable resource.

Do you have any crafts you would like to share that use earth friendly materials? Send them along to share!!!!

Happy Parenting, Brenda

1 comment:

  1. I know an earth smart craft! It's called, "fish bottles". You take any old plastic bottles, wrap paper around them, decorate with crayons, markers, etc., then add some googly eyes! You can even add a magnet to the bottle cap, and to a piece of string(attatched to a pole), and go... FISHING!