Celebrate Earth Day with These Fun Crafts for Kids

1) Garden Markers

Teach kids about gardening and growing food with DIY garden markers that are made using vintage gardening tools.

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To make, have adults drill a small hole in the wood handles and tie kid-penned wooden tags through the holes with twine. Insert the pointy tips into the soil so the markers stand upright. Coat wood with clear varnish to protect the handwriting from the elements.

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2) Grass Crown

Not only can toddlers wear this cute grass crown on Earth Day, it's simple enough that they can make it, too.

Get the tutorial at Delia Creates.

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3) Papier-Mâché Fish

You can teach the littles about the ocean as you help them craft Nemo (or any other fish they wish) from papier-mâché. It's surprisingly easy to do with flour and water, plus recycled materials like newspaper and cereal boxes.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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4) Salt Dough Necklaces

Making ornaments and other goodies out of salt dough is a rite of passage for most kids, but it's even better when the result is something they can wear on Earth Day—and every day after.

Get the tutorial at Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

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5) Recycled Crayons

Here's a festive way for you and the kiddos to use up those old broken bits of blue and green crayon. They make great little gifts, too.

Get the tutorial at Emma Owl.

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6) Earth Day Cookies with Gift Tag

Speaking of Earth Day presents, these blue whoopie pie-style cookies make for sweet treats kids can bake and hand out to friends. And the tutorial includes an adorbs printable gift tag.

Get the tutorial at A Night Owl.

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7) Recycled Cardboard Sun

You're going to have to take the lead crafting this cheery project made from repurposed cardboard boxes, but what better way for the young ones to learn the importance of recycling (and the sun)? This tutorial comes complete with a handy template.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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8) Mosaic Earth

Show the kiddos how beautiful the world is with this craft they'll be proud to hang in the house. If you're fresh out of construction paper, you can use squares cut from magazines instead.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda.

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9) Flowering Branches

Use this pretty project ideal for teens to open up a discussion about the importance of pollinators, trees, or the even the seasons of our natural world.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

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10) Earth Day Cookie on a Stick

Not only will the kids love helping you whip up this batch of Earth cookies, but they'll also be plenty ready to lend a hand eating them.

Get the tutorial at The Decorated Cookie.

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11) Milk Carton Birdhouse

One of Earth Day's most crucial lessons is the importance of caring for all living things, and this classic craft helps teach it.

Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.

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12) Tin Can Planters

This April 22, break out the googly eyes and recycle those empty tin cans for this project that's great for all ages. And just think how wonderful these silly planters will look on your kitchen windowsill. It's the craft that keeps on giving!

Get the tutorial at Tried and True Creative.

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13) Holding Earth Art Project

There are a lot of metaphors going on in this art project perfect for little fingers, but one of our favorites is that we all hold the Earth, and its future, in our hands.

Get the tutorial at Fun Handprint Art.

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14) Seed Bombs

What could be better on Earth Day than planting seeds to grow flowers that will help pollinators thrive? Planting them with seed bombs you make yourself, of course.

Get the tutorial at Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

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RELATED: How to Make a Butterfly Garden and Attract the Winged Creatures to Your Yard

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15) DIY Bird Feeder

Here's a craft that's for the birds—literally! You can create these feeders from new paint cans, or get even more eco-conscious and upcycle those big tomato cans. (Just make sure the edge isn't sharp.)

Get the tutorial at Mom Endeavors.

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16) Bubble Paint Hydrangea Flowers

Earth-friendly right down to the non-toxic dish soap used to create the bubble paint, this art activity makes it easy for kids to create beautiful hydrangea flowers.

Get the tutorial at A Piece of Rainbow.

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17) Nature Scavenger Hunt

Get your preschooler outside and learning about nature this April 22 with a nifty themed scavenger hunt. The printable photo checklist makes it a snap for parents to get the game going.

Get the printable at Homemade Heather.

RELATED: Nature Quotes That Will Inspire You to Keep Getting Outside

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18) Quilled Paper Earth

Great for kids in grade two and up, this quilled paper Earth craft lets them show how much they love their planet. It even includes instructions for making the lovely starry background.

Get the tutorial at Projects With Kids.

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19) DIY Mason Jar Planter

Upcycling small Mason jars into planters is an excellent Earth Day family activity, especially when the littles get to decorate the jars with small stones they've collected from outside.

Get the tutorial at Sustain My Craft Habit.

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RELATED: Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars in Your Backyard

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20) Paper Plate Craft

Let's be honest, this wouldn't be a kid craft roundup without one paper plate project, and this darling googly-eyed Earth is it.

Get the tutorial at The Resourceful Mama.

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21) Earth Marshmallow Pops

As delightful-looking as they are delish, Earth Day marshmallow pops are a blast for kids to decorate with food coloring pens.

Get the tutorial at The Decorated Cookie.

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22) Word Search Game

A fairly difficult game aimed at older kids, this well-crafted word search is themed around Earth Day, with terms like pollution, oxygen and more included. A great way kick start a conversation about conservation.

Get the printable at Crayons & Cravings.

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23) Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

With this clever tutorial, just about all it takes to feed our fine feathered friends is recycled toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and birdseed.

Get the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.

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These DIYs are not only fun, but they'll also help teach kids the importance of taking care of our planet. These inexpensive ideas use recycled materials