Create a little “green” fun for Earth Day with the kids this year. These two projects are simple, inexpensive and use items you probably already have!

Earth Day Crayons

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McKinney Online - Green Earth Day Projects

Materials:

  green, blue and white crayons

  muffin tin

Dig through your kids’ crayon box. I bet you’ll find broken pieces just waiting to be reused. Peel any wrappers off and break the crayons into small pieces. Place differently colored crayon pieces next to each other in muffin tin (you only need a touch of white). Fill 3/4” full. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. Remove carefully so the colors don’t mix and allow to cool on the counter for another 10 minutes. I popped the tray into the freezer after that for 10 minutes and the crayons were super easy to remove. Just turn the tray over, give it a whack to knock out the crayons. Voila!


Homemade Play Dough

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Materials:

  1 cup flour

  ½ cup salt

  1 cup water

  2 Tbsp. Canola oil

  2 tsp. Cream of tartar

  food coloring

This one was a huge hit in our house! I actually love the texture better than store-bought. Mix all ingredients except food coloring in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball of dough forms. Remove from the heat and let cool. When it is cool enough to handle, knead until smooth. Divide the dough and add drops of food coloring. Knead until the color is uniform. It’s that simple! I wrapped it up in plastic wrap to it keep soft.

 

About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.