Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual day of global action for the environment. There are loads of suggestions for activities online, ranging from watching a nature documentary (Attenborough, of course), planting a seed, going for a nature walk, stargazing (we're at the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower at the moment, so it's a great time to do this), birdspotting, making an animal habitat, creating a fact file about an endangered species, visiting a virtual national park and, naturally, nature/eco crafts. We've picked a few fab Earth Day crafts we hope you'll love doing with the kids. If you see others, let us know as we'd love to share them too!
I am yet to find a child who doesn't love a sensory bottle. A great way to reuse old plastic bottles, these ones by Chalk Academy are marvellous – they double up as rain sticks for music making. Easy to create, but do make sure you get that lid on securely!
Love, love, love the beautiful nature crowns featured at Maya Made. Pop over there to get the full instructions, but basically all you need is paper, double-sided sticky tape (or glue or tape) and whatever you spot (leaves, flowers, seeds) to decorate.
Alfie and Kitty have really been enjoying Ladyland Art Club – how gorgeous is this lily pad craft? Make it, then pop in water and watch what happens and learn about plants' capillary action. Art and STEM in one fell swoop – what's not to love?
There are a gazillion creative uses for all those toilet roll tubes. Two of my favourites include seed starter pots and bird feeders (cover them with peanut butter or coconut and bird seed, then hang). Have a look at Honey & Lime for full instructions.