Free {and almost free} Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You’ll Actually Want to Keep

It’s important to teach children about recycling and reusing or repurposing items in order to reduce waste. With Earth Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning crafts and/or activities to reinforce or introduce these concepts. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite free (and almost free) Earth Day crafts for kids that won’t end up in the trash (or recycle bin!) on April 23rd.

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog post

 Found Nature Objects Earth Day SignEarth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog postTracey at We Made That had a great time helping her 5-year old daughter create this ‘Earth’ sign using dirt, grass, pebbles, twigs, and dandelions. You probably already have everything you need for this project. The only thing you may be missing is glue (which you can actually make at home, too!). And you certainly don’t need to buy colored paper for this project; use whatever paper you already have. This will help reinforce the earth-friendly message that you don’t need to spend money or use new resources for projects; that art can be created from found objects in your own backyard!

Estimated cost: $0

 DIY Nature Fossils

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog postMegan and her kids at My Plum Pudding made these charming nature fossils by pressing leaves into oven-bake sculpey clay. But they’d be just as cute made from salt dough, which likely won’t cost you a dime since you probably already have salt, flour, and water. Eco-friendly and oh-so-adorable.

Estimated cost: $0

  Stamped Leaf Wall Hanging

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog post

Sara at Creative Jewish Mom created this stamped leaf wall hanging with her children using a stick, leaves, a stamp pad (or paint), and cereal boxes! We love how it turned out and applaud her creativity and resourcefulness.

Estimated cost: $0-$5, depending on what craft supplies you already have.

 Woven Magazine Baskets

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep

For older children, we recommend trying out these rad woven magazine baskets made by This is Waf. If you don’t have old magazines or newspapers lying around, ask friends or family members. Chances are someone will have something you can use!

Estimated cost: $0

Found Objects Wind Catcher/Mobile

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog post

 Inspiration Laboratories blogger Trisha made a wind catcher/mobile with her son. We love that she chose a neutral color palette. She even incorporated one of her son’s prized rocks! They hung on a tree branch outside so they could watch it move with the wind, but we think that it would look fabulous inside as well.

Estimated cost: $0-$5, if you choose to purchase jute or sisal rope.

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Plantable Paper Discs

 Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog post

And what’s not to love about these sweet little plantable paper discs we found at Alpha Mom?? We love what Ellen and her kids created! This craft may require some out-of-pocket expense (screen mesh, flower seeds, and an embroidery hoop), but with a little scavenging on your part, you may be able to source even these materials for free. Craigslist may be a great place to find unwanted window screens and thrift stores often have low-cost craft supplies such as embroidery hoops!

Estimated cost: $0-$10

T-Shirt Tote Bags

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep

Heather at Mommypotamus has a great tutorial for making tote bags out of used clothing (added bonus: no sewing required!). This is fabulous way to help your child transform his or her (or your) old shirts into a grocery tote bag. We must warn you, however that: 1) These are so fun, fast, and easy you might become obsessed and make a dozen (or two), thereby effectively depleting your supply of lounge-around-in shirts, and 2) After making a few of these, your child may forevermore insist on helping bag and carry groceries with them.

Spring Scavenger Hunt Printable

Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep

If crafts don’t pique your child’s interest, this Spring Scavenger Hunt printable by Ness at One Perfect Day might be perfect for him or her. You could even create your own scavenger hunt tailored to your child’s interests and/or your natural surroundings. Take time to really look at and study nature with your child; it will be an enjoyable bonding and learning experience for you both!

Estimated cost: $0

Found Object Prints

 Earth Day Crafts for Kids That You'll Actually Want to Keep, an Ecogoodz blog post

Our last Earth Day craft is a little different from the rest because it’s made from something you probably don’t already have. We’re including it anyway, though, because it is so very, very cool: Whimsical prints made from sun-sensitive paper. Place an object on the paper then set it out in the sun.  Leslie at A Creative Mint made this one from accessories and household objects, but don’t you think flowers, leaves, and branches (or even small toys!) would look just as stunning? This project could be one you and your kiddos will want to frame and keep for a long time to come!

Estimated cost: $7-15

These activities and crafts can be a fun way to teach your child about how wondrous and beautiful our earth is, and how important it is to take care of it. We hope you noticed that most of these projects and crafts used items you already have on hand. This was purposeful. It doesn’t make sense to unnecessarily consume goods (i.e. print a bunch of coloring pictures that will inevitably be tossed out) in order to teach sustainability and responsible consumption of goods, which is one of the major purposes of Earth Day.

Thanks for reading! Have fun and remember that in truth, every day is Earth Day!