Make this Earth Day craft using tissue paper saved from gifts. Please, don't tell me I'm the only one with a hoard of slightly crumpled tissue paper salvaged from gift bags and boxes? Oh good, that makes me feel better. It provides the perfect teachable moment with younger kids about reusing and re-purposing items in honor of Earth Day. It's also a fun project for preschoolers learning about planets and space!
One of the things I love about this activity, is you can easily modify it for toddlers too (even if all they want to do is rip, rip, rip). Preschoolers and kindergartners can practice scissor skills and gluing, but you can prepare all the supplies ahead of time if needed.
Tissue Paper Earth Day Craft
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Either cut out a circle from the white paper or draw one for the kids to cut out. My five year old daughter loves to practice her scissor skills and showing me how well she can keep the scissors “on the road” as she cuts out shapes.
Next, have the children rip up the blue and green tissue paper in various sizes. You could cut squares ahead of time if you need to prep a few sets of this activity. It's actually good practice for little kids to rip paper with their fingers though!
Then use the glue stick to apply glue all over the white paper circle.
Stick the blue and green tissue paper onto the white circle. The blue is water and the green is land. If you want to draw an outline for the continents as a guide for your child you can. You can let them apply the tissue paper where ever they want or show them a picture of Earth and talk about what they see.
Let it dry then you can hang it on the wall or however you display your children's art work.
This is an easy Earth Day craft that kids can do mostly on their own and makes them feel proud of their creations. It's an excellent opportunity to work on scissor skills and appropriate use of glue. Plus, it is always fun to rip paper and not get in trouble! To make this a learning activity, you can talk with your child about planets, the continents, reusing items, and recycling.
What are your favorite Earth Day activities for kids?
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