Sustainable Art Projects for You and Your Little Ones!

Doing arts and crafts with your little ones isn’t just about creating beautiful pieces; it’s also an opportunity to contribute positively to the environment by reducing waste. As parents, teaching your children to be more sustainable through crafting can be both fun and educational. These eco-friendly art ideas provide opportunities to instill values of sustainability from a young age.

Sustainable Art Examples:

Eggshell Mosaics

Don’t just throw away your leftover eggshells, transform them into colourful mosaics! Engage in this sustainable art activity for some creative fun with your little one!

  1. Let your little one choose the food colouring or paints they want to use in their picture and decide what they will draw.
  2. Remove the egg from the shell by poking a hole with a safety pin at the top and bottom of the eggshell and blowing the egg out from the bottom end.
  3. Dye the eggshells using food colouring or tempera paints of different colours. Then let the shells dry on paper towels.
  4. Crush the eggshells using a rolling pin. Ensure that they are small enough to lie flat, you can separate the eggshells by colour on separate paper towels.
  5. Ask your child to draw a picture in pencil on a sheet of paper. Then help them to glue the various eggshell pieces onto the paper.
  6. Once you’ve finished, apply hairspray for a glossy finish. Let it dry, then display for everyone to admire!

Not only is this a fun activity for you and your child, it’s also a creative way to teach them the importance of repurposing materials to be more sustainable!

Styrofoam Stamps

Transform Styrofoam packaging by turning it into a custom stamp! Here’s how you and your little one can join in together:

  1. Thoroughly clean and dry the Styrofoam.
  2. Help your child draw their stamp design on the flat piece of Styrofoam. If you are drawing a letter or word, make sure that it will show properly and not backwards when it is stamped on paper.
  3. Trace over the design with a blunt object, and then cut out the design with scissors.
  4. Glue the stamp design to another piece of Styrofoam to create a handle, then let your little one apply paint to their design. Then Watch as they stamp their unique designs!

Creating personalised designs on Styrofoam is a great way to help your child learn about the importance of reusing materials in a fun and engaging way.

Nature Inspired Art

Explore the beauty of nature with your little ones by creating art using objects you have found out and about!

  1. Take a nature walk with your child and collect interesting sustainable objects. These could include leaves, pinecones, twigs, or feathers. The possibilities are endless!
  2. Secondly, set up a crafting area for your child with paper, glue, and any other materials such as paint.
  3. Help your little one arrange the objects on the paper to create their own unique picture. This could be shapes, patterns, or even scenes inspired by nature.

This activity not only encourages creativity but also promotes sustainability through the use of natural materials.

Carton bird feeder

This DIY project is fun for you and your child, while also helping them appreciate the beauty of the natural world and the animals in it.

  1. Cut a large hole in the middle of one side of a milk or juice carton, leaving several inches at the bottom.
  2. Cut a small hole beneath the large hole to poke a stick through, providing a perch for birds.
  3. Cut 2 small holes on either side of the top of the carton to thread the rope or wire through.
  4. Let your little one use their imagination to paint and decorate the bird feeder.
  5. Fill it with bird seed, and hang it in a spot with a good view from your window.

This unique feeder will be perfect for sparking creativity, while also teaching the importance of reusing materials to your little one.

Cardboard Tube Flowers

With summer around the corner, this sustainable craft is an excellent choice for a fun and easy activity with your child.

  1. Help your little one draw the flower, stem, and leaves on a cardboard tube using pencil.
  2. Carefully cut along the outline of the pencil, making sure to keep the bottom of the tube intact.
  3. Encourage your child to use paint and markers to decorate the flower with different colours.

These flowers offer a fantastic sustainable art activity, promoting the eco-friendly use of materials. Plus, they make charming home decorations or gifts!

Incorporating sustainable practices into crafting with your children teaches them valuable lessons about sustainability in an enjoyable way. At Tops, we believe teaching little ones the importance of being sustainable provides them with the knowledge and values to make greener choices. Let’s embrace sustainability through sustainable art with Tops Day Nurseries. Making eco-friendly choices helps us cultivate a greener future.

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