Earth Day Play Dough Mat for Kids - Earth Day Play Dough Mat
Materials needed: Green commercial or Homemade (omit the peppermint in the recipe and substitute green food coloring for the red) Play Dough and one Earth Day Play Dough Mat (linked above) for each child.
Print the play dough mat for the children and laminate or cover with clear contact paper. Have the children cut the circles out. Let the children form the Earth’s “land” using the green play dough. When laminated, the mats can be wiped cleaned and reused during your Earth Week activities!
Materials needed: Red, Orange, Yellow, Black, Blue, and Green Wikki Stix© and a sharp knife (ADULT ONLY).
In order to help our children understand that the Earth has layers, make a Wikki Stix© Earth to present to the children. Roll a small red ball from the Wikki Stix© and then cover the ball with the different colors of Wikki Stix© until the Earth is formed. RED=Earth’s inner core; ORANGE=Earth’s outer core; YELLOW=Earth’s mantle; BLACK=Earth’s crust; BLUE=Earth’s water; and GREEN=Earth’s land. The “layered” Earth is an ADULT only craft. Once the Earth is formed, carefully slice the ball (you will need a sharp knife) and pry apart to display all of the layers. The kids will be amazed at what’s inside! Most of the children will ask where the “LAVA” is!! The Earth can be opened and shut for repetition of the lesson, if desired.
For the CHILDREN, have them make a blue ball from the Wikki Stix© and use green Wikki Stix© to make the Earth’s land formations on the outside of the ball.
Puffy Paint Earth Craft
Materials needed: Liquid glue, unscented shaving cream, blue/green food coloring or paint, paper plates, and plastic spoons (for spreading).
There are many recipes for puffy paint, but we like ours really PUFFY! We use a 3/4 shaving cream mixture to 1/4 liquid glue. The MORE shaving cream to glue ratio used, the “puffier” the paint. Mix the glue/shaving cream in two separate containers. Add blue paint drops or food coloring to one bowl and green paint or food coloring to another (keep adding drops of food coloring or paint until the desired color is reached.)
Stir the mixtures well. Have the children use the spoons to transfer the blue puffy paint (to resemble the Earth’s water) to their paper plates and spread into a circle. The children can then add the green puffy paint on top of the blue to make the Earth’s land.
Allow the Earth crafts to dry thoroughly before sending home (if doing in the classroom). We placed another paper paper (upside down) on top and enclosed the craft in large plastic bags to help the children transport them home!
Do you need additional lessons and crafts for your children this Spring? See the Spring Weather and Wikki Stix Thematic Units at: The Preschool Toolbox!