Toddlers and preschoolers will love this simple paper plate Earth Day craft. Painting, gluing, scrunching and crunching… all the things little crafters love best!
You may have heard that we’re on a mission to make paper plate crafts for every letter of the alphabet this year. We’re not working in any particular order – we just pull out the paper plates when the mood strikes, and we tackle a few of the ideas we have on our A-to-Z list. With Earth Day coming up next month, I figured it was the perfect time to make our letter E craft. E-crafts are not easy to think of, so believe me, I’ve been waiting for Earth Day, knowing it’s probably going to be the only paper plate craft we’ll make for the letter E.
When I say this one is simple, it really is!
All you need to make our paper plate Earth Day craft is:
- paper plate
- blue paint
- paint brush
- green tissue paper cut into 3″ squares
An opportunity to talk to your children about the Earth:
Before you begin crafting, take a few moments to talk with your children about the earth, about the oceans and land masses – you might look at an atlas, a globe or some pictures on the internet to show your child what our planet looks like from space. Talk too, about how important it is that we take care of our planet. You can talk about ways that you and your family can help to keep our earth clean and healthy – recycling, composting, conserving energy and water, using rain water from a rain barrel to water the gardens, and cleaning with vinegar and baking soda so we’re using fewer chemicals. You can continue chatting about preserving our planet and it’s resources while you’re crafting. You might think up a list of things that you’ll do together this month or this year to make a positive difference to our Earth’s health.
Making your paper plate earth:
Start by painting your paper plate blue. We went with only one shade of blue today, but you could put several shades of blue, and even some white, in a pallet, and let your child mix them all while she paints her plate. Kids love colour mixing, and the shadows and highlights created by the various colours would give the oceans some depth and dimension.
We gave out paper plates a quick blast with the hair dryer, and the paint was dry in less than a minute.
Looking at a picture of the earth on the internet, we roughly sketched North and South America with a pencil.
To finish, the kids crumpled up the squares of tissue paper, and glued them inside of the outlined continents.
Be sure to observe Earth Day on April 22, 2015.
And for some “earthy” crafts for you, Mom, here are 18 Globe projects, you’ll want to check out!
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