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Coffee Filter Earth Craft

This coffee filter Earth craft is the perfect Earth Day craft for kids of nearly any age. It’s ideal for preschool and kindergarten children, but older kids will enjoy making this as well.

It is simple to make at school or at home and uses only a few common craft supplies. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes (plus drying time).

I love how simple this is to make and how much fun kids have making them!

Looking for more crafts and activities like this? Don’t miss our tissue paper Earth preschool craft, fingerprint solar system craft, and our book of 15 cute coffee filter crafts.

Top half of image has white and black text on bright green that reads: Coffee Filter Earth Earth Day Craft for Kids. Bottom half shows a flat round coffee filter colored with green and blue markers to look like the planet Earth. A green and blue washable marker is laying next to it.

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Earth Day Coffee Filter Craft

This easy and inexpensive Earth craft is the perfect project to make at home as a family or at school for a simple Earth Day art center activity.

It only requires 3 simple supplies and is very quick to make! 

Along with celebrating Earth Day, this is a fun activity to include for a space themed week or solar system unit study.

Preschoolers and kindergartners will practice fine motor skills as they color the coffee filters with washable markers. 

Elementary school age children practice their geography skills by using a world globe to try to add different continent shapes. Challenge older children to create different shapes based on the angles you can view on the globe. 

Children will love spraying these coffee filters with water and watching the colors blend too.

White girl's hand with small spray bottle spraying water on coffee filter colored to resemble Earth.

You can also do a little science activity with them: experiment if putting specific colors next to each other creates new colors during the blending stage. 

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

It’s important to protect your work surface by placing the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying. 

Once dry, you can use your homemade planet Earth to decorate your classroom or virtual school space.

You can also make a game with them and have your students try to guess which continents each student drew.

Coffee Filter Earth Craft Supplies:

Overhead view of stack of white coffee filters, green and blue washable markers, and small spray bottle with water.

How to Make a Coffee Filter Earth:

Flatten out round coffee filters. 

Draw on them, using washable markers, making continent shapes with green markers and lightly shading the rest of the area with blue markers for the water. 

Overhead view of white girl's hand coloring coffee filter with blue washable marker. Green marker laying on the left side of the filter paper.

Place the colored coffee filter on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zipper baggie and spray with water. 

Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.

Overhead view of wet coffee filter colored to look like Earth. Entire coffee filter is saturated with water.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

That’s it! 

Dry coffee filter colored green and blue like Earth.

More Coffee Filter Crafts:

Coffee Filter Earth Craft

Coffee Filter Earth Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make a coffee filter Earth to celebrate Earth Day or while learning about the solar system. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten children.

Materials

  • Round White Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers

Tools

  • Water Spray Bottle (for color blending)
  • Paper Plate, parchment paper, ziploc bag or craft mat

Instructions

  1. Flatten out round coffee filters. 
  2. Draw on them, using washable markers, making continent shapes with green markers and lightly shading the rest of the area with blue markers for the water. 
  3. Place the colored coffee filter on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zipper baggie and spray with water. 
  4. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.
  5. These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

Notes

It’s important to protect your work surface by placing the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying.

Drying time varies depending on the amount of water used.

Did you make this project?

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