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Bleeding Tissue Paper Earth Craft

Have you ever tried painting with tissue paper? This bleeding tissue paper Earth is perfect for Earth Day.

Painting with bleeding tissue paper is a favorite of ours. I am not sure what is more fun, ripping up the pieces of tissue paper or using the spray bottle and watching the colors run. Either way, we love this process. We have made snowflakes for the winter and spooky trees for the fall. The spring is here and Earth Day is right around the corner. This bleeding tissue paper Earth seemed like the perfect craft.

Painting with bleeding tissue paper. Paper plate bleeding tissue paper Earth Day arts and craft for kids.

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Air Dry Clay Puppets & Sculpture

My little girl has been obsessed with salt dough & clay for a long time. When she turned 2, we even threw her a Play-doh themed birthday. painted air dry clay globe sculpture craft -would be great for Earth Day arts & craft for the kids.

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Through the years, we have experimented with various homemade clays & doughs and recently have tried working with some store bought polymer and now air dry clay.

She is loving working with the new clay & her creativity has been growing off the charts. She is fascinating to watch.

She ate a Popsicle the other day & when she was finished, she took her empty stick to the craft table & pulled out a clump of clay. I watched as she worked the clay onto the stick.

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She showed me her finished project. “Look mama, I made a puppet.”

Clay & craft stick puppets - kid made arts & crafts

We let it air dry over night & then painted it. She accidentally broke the arms off while painting, but it still was so cute.

Clay & craft stick puppets - kid made arts & crafts

Her doll puppet inspired a couple of clay fish puppets too. I made a mama fish & she made a baby fish.

Painted air dry clay fish puppets - summer arts & crafts for kids

We continued to play with the clay. She formed gifts for mom & dad with clay & buttons and I made a sculpture of my own.

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The full globe might be a bit complicated for smaller hands, but an earth sculpture would probably work fine for your smaller sculptors.

Roll out a ball.

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Cut a wooden skewer & stick into the ball diagonally.

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Roll out a long strip of clay & connect the strip at both ends of the skewer.

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Form a base at the bottom & trim the leftover pieces of skewer & poke through the base to connect the ball. Use a couple of pieces to keep it sturdy. Let your globe dry overnight & then paint it the next day.

painted air dry clay globe sculpture -would be great for Earth Day craft for the kids

I can’t wait to see what projects my little girl comes up with next.

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Earth Day Lacing Craft

Earth Day is April 22nd. It is never too soon to start teaching your children about the planet & how to protect it. We have taught our daughter to recycle & the importance of not wasting food, water or electricity.  Even her favorite book “The Lorax” teaches her about what can happen if we don’t protect our planet.

Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for the kids.

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.” Dr. Seuss – The Lorax

Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for kids

Since my daughter loves sewing so much, to celebrate this Earth Day, we opted to make an Earth craft & lacing activity. Here is how.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Acrylic paint

Yarn

Yarn needle

Directions:

Draw a circle and a rough sketch of the Earth on a piece of cardboard. The shapes do not have to be perfect. Poke holes around the outline of the shapes of the continents.

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Paint the cardboard using green for the inside of your outline & blue on the outside. Let the paint dry.

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Use a yarn needle to thread through the holes on the inside of the continents.

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Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for the kids

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Earth Day Hand & Footprint Craft

Hand & Footprint Earth - Earth Day Craft

 

Mai & I have been working on learning our planets together for a little while now. I am proud & also a little embarrassed to say that she has a better grasp on our solar system than I do. The only ones that I can name are Saturn & of course the Earth.

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. For those of you that don’t know, Earth Day is an annual holiday that celebrates our home planet & also brings attention to the various ways we can help preserve our planet. To show our support Mai & I made a special Earth Day craft.

Hand & Footprint Earth

We used a piece of blue 12×12 scrapbook paper for the ocean portion of our Earth. I painted & stamped Mai’s hand & foot in green onto the blue to form our continents. If you make a mistake, which we did, you can always cut around the prints & place them where you would like on another piece of blue paper.

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Using the same colored paint, I painted in more green for the land.

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Let the paint dry & cut around into a circle.

Hand & Footprint Earth - Earth Day Craft

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