Hungry Caterpillar Toilet Paper Roll Craft from Kids Activities BlogOf course I had to start with this one because a) our family is NUTS for Eric Carle and b) I've been collecting all of our empty TP tubes for a craft just like this one. Perfect! Extra points for reading the book while wearing the "necklace"!
Nature Craft Collage from Kids Activities BlogWho doesn't love a fun collage? Plus, this one gives you an excuse (as if we really need one) to go on a nature walk to collect your "art supplies".
Garden Sensory Tub by No Time for FlashcardsSensory tubs are great for fine motor skills, concentration, and just good ol' fashion fun! I love that this post includes some books (two of my favorites - seriously, The Gardener is historical and uplifting and just generally all around engaging) to go along with the tub's theme.
Sort the Recycling/Garbage Game by No Time for FlashcardsAgain, this post is made all the more awesome with suggested reading, but the idea is great on its own. Cut out images from old magazines and have your child sort them into the different "bins" to get them thinking about what items are recyclable, what goes straight into the trash, and maybe even what could be reused. The Tree Lady. There are tons more I could add, but my students have loved it!)
Plant a Butterfly Garden by Kids Garden
What better way to celebrate the Earth than to dig your hands down into the soil and grow some plants? Whether it's flowers, veggies, herbs, (or even a tree!), the experience is just as important as what you grow.
Melted Crayons(!) by Skip to My Lou/Make It and Love ItReuse those broken, non-pointy crayons (do your kids get picky like my son does? I can kind of understand how frustrating it is when you're learning to write and color) by making new, fun crayons in cool shapes! We saw these types of "crayons" at the Eric Carle Museum awhile back (they really do help you color Carle-like pictures!) and we've been dying to do it ever since.