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Storytime DIY: Earth Day

Storytime DIY: Earth Friendly Earth Day Crafts by Victoria Thompson

Are you ready to get your hands [safely] dirty?

Honorary children's librarians (that's YOU!): get ready for Storytime DIY. This do-it-yourself afternoon is a great way to make a book come to life with hands-on crafts, cooking, science and more.

Made for kids age 5 – 12, but good for kids of all ages and kids at heart.

Storytime DIY: Earth Day




Earth-Friendly Earth Day Crafts

By Veronica Thompson

How are your kids honoring the planet this Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22, 2020)? Worry no more! In Earth-Friendly Earth Day Crafts, author Veronica Thompson has tons of age-appropriate, Earth-themed projects for your kids to make from odds and ends you already have around the house!

Got some recycle-ready paper? BAM! Now it's a beautiful bloom barrette. Got some old shoes you sitting in the closet? POW! Now they're cool shark portrait designed masterpieces. Old drinking straws? BUZZ! Now they're a home for bees and other pollinators.

Check out this book now on Hoopla. 




Talk through these questions while reading the book:

  • Why do you think we celebrate Earth Day?
  • What are things that you do to help the Earth?
  • What else do you think you COULD do?
  • What are things that we already do at home to help?
  • Are there things we should start doing?




Make any of the projects from the book!

There are lots to choose from ! Need help deciding? Confetti paper was one of our favorites!

What did you make? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram or send us an email with a picture of your project to and we might share it with our fans!




Earth Day Superhero

You have been given an Earth Day superpower! You are able to use it to do one thing to really help the Earth. 


  • What is your power?
  • How will you use it?




Nature Tic-Tac-Toe 

1. Gather:

  • 4 long twigs (or one really long twig)
  • 10 leaves in 2 different colors (5 of each) 

2. Make the board

  • Lay out four twigs in a grid with nine squares (like a tic-tac-toe board or a hashtag: #)

3. Deal the pieces

  • Give each player one set of same-colored leaves. 

4. Play

  • Players take turn laying down one of their leaves in a square.
  • The first player to get 3 of their leaves in a row (up, down, across, diagonally) wins. 
  • The game is over either when one player wins, or all squares are filled.


Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Take a walk around your neighborhood and see how many of these objects you can find. (Click or copy and paste this link into your browser for the checklist:

Talk about how they help the Earth. (Special thanks to Trish Sutton at for posting this checklist!)




Ready for more projects and ideas about saving the Earth? Read on:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Jacksonville Public Library