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5 Earth Day Crafts Using Recycled Material

Blog 8.17FixedWhile Earth Day (April 22) isn't based in Christianity, its focus is something we can get behind. When God created Earth, he said that we should take part in caring for it.

The following Earth Day crafts- found on Pinterest-all use recycled material. Not only will your kids be helping care for the earth by repurposing things instead of sending them to the trash, you can also use the idea of recycling to talk about Jesus' transforming powers.

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1. Cardboard Bouquet - On her blog, Lindsey shares this amazing cardboard flower craft. Using paper tubes, pipe cleaners, and some paint, this is a beautiful way to stop cardboard from entering the trash dump.

2. Cardboard Butterflies - If you have leftover paper rolls from the previous craft, why not make some fancy butterflies to fly around the flowers? You can purchase recycled paper rolls, but you could ask parents to bring in paper towel rolls and just cut them in half.

3. Robot Pencil Holder - Just looking at this craft has me coming up with tons of ways to decorate a can. Originally designed to be a pencil holder, I can see this easily becoming a coin bank or candy cup.

4. Egg Crate Worms - I remember making these silly worms when I was a child. Let kids' imaginations run wild with all sorts of craft supplies and see what wacky worms they can create.

5. Giraffe Puppet - Inspired by a book about a giraffe who learns we are all good at something, Red Ted Art shows us how to make a giraffe marionette using toilet paper rolls and paper. Younger kids will need some adult help, but the challenge will be just right for older kids.

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Don't forget to check out our own Children's Ministry Magazine Pinterest board. We're constantly updating it with amazing ideas that will work in your ministry.

Still looking for more Earth Day crafts? Make sure to check out Group's Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love this book! Not only does it include great Earth Day crafts with meaning, it also equips you with an Earth Day skit, game, song, snack, devotion, and Earth Day-themed outreach. The book features ideas for 12 additional holidays, so grab it for Earth Day and you'll be set for the rest of the year!

What do you have planned for Earth Day? How do you tie Earth Day back to Jesus? Share with us using the comment section below!

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