With Earth Hour this weekend and Earth Day coming up I thought it would be fun to do a little Earth themed craft with my daughter. At three years old we haven’t been massively studying the solar system but she listens along quite happily when I read about it with her brother and has spotted planets from our back garden before, besides it’s never too early to start teaching kids about our planet and how important looking after it is! These sweet planet Earth suncatchers remind me of stained glass and they are really easy to make. As an added bonus they’re also perfect for encouraging fine motor skills too.
It’s spring which means that it’s the perfect time to go and visit a farm with the kids.We’re lucky in that we live near a few but as these are working farms and not petting ones I always look forward to the chance to go and visit one of the local farm shops where we can go and get a bit closer to the animals too. Farm animals are always a really popular craft subject for kids so I thought it would be fun to put together this little round up of farms animal crafts for preschoolers – hope you love them too!
Did you know that 8.30pm on March 25th is Earth Hour? It’s the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change and this year will be it’s tenth anniversary. WWF challenged me to come up with some crafts that kids could make to help raise awareness of some of the animals that are the most affected by climate change and I think making these would be a great way to have a bit of relaxed family time with your kids while also making sure that they are aware of why Earth Hour is so important for our planet so I’ve included some information about each animal from the WWF. As a mum myself I know that my own kids are always really interested when I talk to them about matters I think are important, although pro tip here, don’t do as I did once and start these chats at bedtime as the discussion we once had around apartheid in South Africa put bedtime back by a long time! I’ve tried to embrace the spirit of Earth Hour by using craft materials that I found in my recycling bin rather than buying anything new. I prefer to do this anyway but it really made me think this time about how much packaging we go through, recycling is great but less packaging will be even better! If you make any of these crafts with your kids I’d love to see them just hashtag them #MakeClimateMatter on Twitter or Instagram and if you tag me @craftsonsea I’ll share them for you too. Make sure you sign up to Earth Hour here and turn your lights out for an hour on the 25th March!
Over the last couple of weeks my daughter has suddenly become really interested in learning numbers, both counting and recognising the numbers written down. It’s made the school and nursery run a bit more interesting because she likes to yell out any numbers she recognises on the back of busses when we’re stuck in traffic! This number recognition game is super simple but there’s a couple of ways I’ll suggest to change it up too so that you could use it with older kids or use it for learning to count.
Three is a funny old age, creative enough to want to do some crafting, but also way too young to make some of the super pretty things that you see on Pinterest, that’s not to say though that they shouldn’t get to join in on the fun! I asked some lovely bloggers to share with me their St Patricks Day crafts for three year olds, not just the stuff that three year olds could theoretically make but the things that they really did do with their three year olds. I know that these are great crafts because my own three year old spied them over my shoulder and told me that she wanted to make them right now! Doing a round up of things my own kids want to make? Yep, that’s totally what I’m doing today, and I hope your kids love these St Patricks Day crafts and activities just as much.