In case you didn’t already know, Earth Day 2013 will occur on April 22! Earth Day serves as an annual day to celebrate worldwide the environment, as well as to demonstrate support for environmental protection. So my two year old might not exactly understand everything there is to know about why the environment needs protection. However, since he loves trees, I tell him Earth Day is to celebrate the trees!
The other day we worked on a simple craft project that is easy for toddlers! All you need is a toiler paper roll (or a paper towel roll cut shorter), and then green card stock paper to create an adorable free standing tree. If you don’t have green card stock, you can use the card board of a cereal box and either paint it green, or glue green construction paper on it.
Cut the green paper into the shape of a “tree top.” Using crayons, paint, or even other pieces of paper to glue onto the tree, let your child create a fun design.
While they are busy working on their tree top, cut two 1/2 inch slots in the roll. You’ll want to do one on each side. This is where you will insert the paper tree top.
Once the slots have been cut and your little one is finished with their design, simply slide in the paper into the roll. No gluing necessary!
There you go! You have a fun free standing tree for your child to play with! Now that my son has his own “tree” we talked about trees and Earth, in well, terms a 2 year old could understand. I told him it was the Earth’s birthday! Since it is a birthday, it is a special day where we will celebrate the Earth. Though I’m not sure he understood what or who Earth is, he definitely understood a birthday and celebrating!
After he made his tree, we went outside to talk about the sky, the dirt, the flowers, and even the little bugs we saw crawling around. Yes, we even took a walk to where some trees were so he could show the “big trees” his tree creation.
Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day 2013 on April 22! This is a great time to teach your little one about nature and how we must not only respect it, but help protect it.
What a fun idea. I’m going to suggest this idea to my son’s art teacher. Simply and easy.
This is so fun and we have everything we need to make it!
That is so cute! My little guy will love this! Thanks for the idea.
Emily @FamilyNLifeLV says
That is really cute! We love re purposing those rolls as car tunnels!
Shannon Stubbs says
Thanks for sharing this, we love our arts and crafts time. I’m working on a post of activities with empty rolls, I will try to remember to link to this one.
julie marling says
What a great and simple project. Can’t believe it is Earth Day already!
julie @ Naptime Review
Sheri Doyle says
I wanted to make sure it is okay with you if I post a link to this post on our blog. I love the idea and wanted to direct our blog, facebook, twitter and pinterest followers to it.
Hi Sheri! Feel free :) Thanks!