Spring is right around the corner and I am so excited to share with you some simple DIY crafts you can make at home with items you probably already have! The items I used in my crafts are sustainable materials, which of course are perfect for celebrating Earth Day and Spring! My family and I love spending time outdoors during this time of the year, especially when mother nature gives us more sun. I hope you enjoy these fun activities to do with your children using some fun OOLY products.
Egg Shell Planters
These are exactly what they sound like—plants inside of hallow egg shells!
- Hollowed out egg shells with the top 1/3 of the shell cracked off
- Lil Poster Paint Pods
- Dot-A-Lot Neon Brights Craft Paint
- Potting soil
- Cotton Balls
- Crack the egg around the top using a knife by tapping until the egg cracks. Do this all the way around until the top of the egg has cracked. Don’t forget to clean and rinse your egg shell after you empty it.
- Paint the egg using Lil Poster Paint Pods! Let it sit and dry. We also used the Dot-A-Lot Neon Brights Craft Paint for a fun design on the egg!
- Place a cotton ball in the bottom of the eggshell to help with drainage.
- Fill the eggshell with potting soil.
- Make a small hole in your soil and place a few seeds in there and cover with soil.
- Lightly water your eggshell planter and place near the sunlight!
- Watch it grow! I love this activity because you can use it as a hands-on activity to help your children learn about the plant lifecycle.
- We used gravel rocks to hold the egg shells upright on a tray.
These are so fun to make and can be used to watch the birds eat from our DIY birdfeeder!
- Cardboard rolls leftover from toilet paper rolls
- Hot glue or stapler
- Hole Punch
- String (ribbon, twine or anything you have laying around works)
- Chunkies Paint Sticks
Pro Tip: We used these since they are great for my four year old to hold well while he decorates his binoculars!
- Take two toilet paper rolls and decorate them using Chunkies Paint Sticks.
- Use hot glue or a stapler to attach them together side by side.
- Use a hole punch to make holes in the ends of one side of the binoculars.
- String your yarn or ribbon through the holes and tie so that it fits loosely.
- Go outside and explore!
This fun outdoor activity is pretty self-explanatory. The possibilities with Chalk-O-Ramas are endless. My favorite thing about these Chalk-O-Rama crayons is that they are thinner, just like crayons! They are easy to grip and they twist up for easy, mess-free storage.
I hope you enjoyed reading about ways to celebrate Spring and Earth by reusing items that you have around your home. As you do these crafts with your children, it’s important to remember that they don’t have to be perfect! The most important thing about making art is learning and having fun!
Danitzia Singh is a preschool teacher and blogger with a passion for sharing her parenting tips. Find her on Instagram for more ideas: @themomtessorilife