DIY ‘Best Out of Waste’ environment-themed crafts with my child
The World Environment Day seemed to enthuse us with ideas on saving the environment!
My pre-schooler boy and I set out on a nature walk. We went around the house and gathered leaves, sand, and many other items to use for our crafts.
Then we decided to do some leaf stamping. The idea was entirely my son’s and we used an old paper shopping bag as canvas. It was hung proudly in our room window.
We moved on to waste paper craft, we had a lot of crinkled paper lying about from our last year’s birthday party. Tearing it was so much fun, and then we made this nice Autumn tree while talking about seasons.
We did an amazing job with empty cardboard boxes. We cut out a rainbow, sun, clouds, and using discarded pillow fillers and some colours and glue, created this scenery and also talked about water cycle.
The awesomeness continued when I found that ‘sonny’ had picked up some old ice-cream spoons while collecting leaves. So out came this cute fellow using one of his old smiley badges, some glue, cardboard and yellow paint.
Our most amazing keepsake from these activities was this ball. I bought a blue ball, and using a marker, roughly drew continents. I told my son about them and then gave him green fabric color to finger paint them. Then we dried it up, and sprinkled some sand on green painted areas. The sand gave a nice soil like texture to the earth. This earth is our favourite bath toy these days, we shine light on it to make day and night, we sprinkle water on it to see how it rains.
Try out these crafts if you liked the ideas and you are sure to have fun with your kiddo! Needless to say, there’s a lot they learn while at play.
PS: These images show the crafts done by the author with her son :-)
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