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Sharing how to make these colorful flowerpot crowns over at Red Ted Art blog! Click here for full tutorial.

Is your little one fascinated by the ocean? From waves to plants to animals, the ocean is so interesting! With just a few materials, this project creates a chart for learning more about the ocean's layers.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Letter Tiles, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a rectangle from cardboard.

Step 2: Cut an additional piece of cardboard the same dimensions. Cut this cardboard into the layers of the ocean - trench, abyss, midnight, twilight and sunlight. We also kept one small strip on the top to use for a title piece.

Step 3: Paint the abyss, midnight, twilight and sunlight layers. We used black for abyss and then shades of blue - darker to lighter - for the midnight, twilight and sunlight layers.

 

Step 4: Glue the layers to the original cardboard piece in order - bottom to top - trench, abyss, midnight, twilight, sunlight.

Step 5: Use the letter tiles to spell out each of the layers. Practice spelling or ask your child to identify the letters.

Discuss animals that live in the different zones. This is a fun lesson by itself and would also be a wonderful part of an even larger ocean unit study!

Happy Earth Day! This activity is fun and really simple to put together if you are looking for a last minute activity for Earth Day.

Start with:

  • A Circular Pan
  • Corn Starch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cups
  • Optional: Sugar Sprinkles,Toy Animals, Map, Books About Animal Habitats

Create it!

Step 1: To make the oobleck, mix food dye in one cup of water. Pour the colored water over two cups of corn starch in the pan. Stir.

Step 2: We added some blue sugar sprinkles for fun and watched them dissipate in the oobleck.

Step 3: After playing with the oobleck, turn it into an Earth Day lesson by looking at a map and placing green food coloring in the shapes of Earth's continents. Use the spoon to move the green food dye into the shapes.

Use the animals, and a habitat book if you have one, to discuss where each lives on Earth.

 

Whoo, whoo is ready for a really fun project? We used lots of textures for this owl and different shades of orange - just for fun!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Plate
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Single Hole Punch 

Create It!

Step 1: From different types of cardboard, cut a circle, a square, and a rectangle.

Step 2: Cut the circle in two equal halves.

Step 3: Paint the shapes and a paper plate and allow the pieces to dry. Paint some additional textured cardboard and save for Step 7.

Step 4: Punch holes around the outside edge of the paper plate. Thread a piece of yarn through, knotting in the back. Thread yarn through the holes creating a texture on the owl's body. Knot the yarn in the back once finished and snip off any extra yarn.

Step 5: Glue a half circle to each side of the paper plate for the owl's wings.

Step 6: Cut two circles from cardstock or painted cardboard.

Step 7: Cut equal sized strips from the painted textured cardboard.

Step 8: Glue the strips in the center to form an X, adding strips until a circle is formed.

Step 9: Glue the cardstock circles to the circles.

Step 10: Cut two smaller circles from cardstock and glue to the center of the eyes.

Step 11: Glue the triangle to the top of the square. This will form the owl's face.

Step 12: Glue the eyes to the owl's face.

Step 13: Cut a small triangle and glue on the owl for a beak.

Step 14: Glue the owl's face to the owl's body.

We added a bow tie to dress our owl up but feel free to accessorize for your unique creation! Owls are one of our favorite animals and we really enjoyed using so many textures and shades of orange for this one.