Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Check out our list of Earth Day activities with nature and recycled art projects for kids that are fun to make AND more friendly for our Earth.
Updated January 2023
To celebrate Earth Day next week, our team gathered together a list of 30 Earth Day activities for kids.
Through art, there exists a great opportunity to teach children to be good stewards. Children learn to reuse lids, caps and milk cartons. To turn a cardboard box into a castle, fort, or robot. To recycle cardboard tubes and create sculptures.
The possibility to assemble and make new things while recycling or upcycling the old sparks children’s imagination as they explore these non-traditional materials.
And a short walk outside with my son allows us the opportunity to breathe deep, soak in the sunshine and fresh air. We gather pinecones and sticks, some rocks and more sticks. Then to head home with our new treasures.
As we collect recyclables, save cardboard and consider how to give something old a new purpose, our kids are watching and learning this skill themselves. Below are some ideas that will hopefully inspire and put some of that recycling bin to creative use.
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day Activities for Kids
7 Recycled Art Projects Using Reusable Materials
An easy sculpture project using wood scraps that’s fun to make for kids of all ages.
Put those cardboard tubes to good use with this fun sculpture project.
Paint a nature wall, create a collaborative recycled wall, reuse plastic caps and lids for sensory bins & use sticks, leaves and the like for set-ups!
Perfect for the sailboat loving kid in your life–use a recycled milk carton to create an amazing little sailboat.
Create magical unicorns using empty cardboard tubes.
A wonderful sculpture project for even the youngest artist.
Kids can feel like royalty with this awesome craft using recycled paper bags.
14 Recycled Art Projects Using Cardboard
These adorable collage portraits are a great way to reuse a cardboard box and are SO cute.
Create wild and colorful animal masks with cardboard, paint, and a few other materials.
These robot puppets are friendly on the Earth and SO fun to play with and create.
Gather collage materials and cardboard to make these vibrant little collages.
Make adorable valentine hearts that are great for Valentine’s Day, or any day really!
Create a colorful rainbow mobile with cardboard and buttons.
Create a DIY cardboard easel and explore gravity in art with drip painting that results in unique artworks every time.
More Recycled Art Projects Using Cardboard
Create vibrant cardboard masks perfect for imaginative play!
Use cereal boxes and old paintings to create these colorful collages.
Just looking at these giant cardboard donuts is sure to bring a smile to your face.
A great way for young kids to work on learning their shapes through art.
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Design and create your very own stamps to print with.
Create a cardboard frame to display your kids’ art in style!
8 Nature Art Projects for Earth Day Activities
A beautiful craft to showcase your child’s nature treasures.
Use a cardboard box to create a unique and fun way to experiment with light, color, and natural materials.
Kids can make their own feather art with this great opportunity to explore some of nature’s patterns, shapes, and lines.
A simple and beautiful project using light and color.
Showcase your kids’ favorite rock or other outdoor find with this DIY macrame necklace tutorial.
See what patterns and textures you can create with these DIY brushes made with materials found in nature.
A fun and simple way to slow down and appreciate nature through art.
Suggestions for replacing traditional art supplies with nature-based substitutes.
More Spring Activities for Kids
- 30 Spring Activities for Kids
- Nature and Garden Crafts for Kids
- 13 Nature Walk Activities for Kids (+ FREE Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable!)
Want even more creative ideas?
Check out our Spring Creativity pack!
Let creativity blossom with this fun bundle of art activities perfect for Spring!! This 40-page printable eBook is full of coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and more!
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