Your child will love this Earth Day Painting!

If you’re wondering how to talk to your child about the importance of helping our planet, try this fun Earth Day painting!

Earth Day provides a great opportunity to share information about our planet. There’s so much to talk about with your child, but the most important is letting them know it’s in their hands.

This painting is a great way for them to visualize that and it’s a lot of fun too!

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Canvas
  • Blue and green paint
  • Plastic
  • Tape

There isn’t a ton of setup for this activity. All you need to do is make a circle in the middle of your canvas. Cover the outside of the circle with plastic and tape to keep the paint localized in just the circle.

That step might take a little time, but it’s important to follow it!

After your circle is set up, pour your green plant on a plate. Have your child dip their whole hands and make ‘land’ in the circle.

You can either let them make the Earth however they want or challenge them to make certain continents. This would be a great way to talk about geography with older children!

When they’re satisfied with their land pieces, clean their hands. Then wait for the green paint to dry. It doesn’t have to be completely dried to move to the next step, but the paint should be dry enough not to mix with the next color.

Next, it’s time for the oceans!

Have your child dip their hands in blue paint this time. They should put blue wherever there is white. The circle on their canvas should be full of green and blue handprints.

When they are finished, take off the plastic and tape. Then their Earth Day painting is complete.

Remember, their Earth doesn’t have to be perfect! It is a great learning opportunity to talk about how to keep our planet clean and what steps people can take for this. No matter what, this is a great way to have fun and bond with your child.

If you give this one a try we want to know how it goes for you! Send your feedback, photos, etc. to contributor@newsymom.com

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