Arts and Crafts, Sustainability

Eco-friendly art activities to try with the children

12 March, 2021

Boy in a cardboard box with his teacher

Art and craft activities are a great way to keep the children busy on busy weekdays or rainy weekends, but they don’t need to create waste in the process. Here are some sustainable art activities that won’t cost the earth!

Our Top Art Ideas & Art Projects For Kids

Paint nature pictures… with nature!

Create a beautiful and sustainable artwork crafted using eco-friendly materials you can find in your own backyard or on a walk with your children. You’ll need a selection of leaves, twigs and sticks to make these sustainable nature pictures. Find out more here.

Make a rag rug

If you are one to hold onto scrap fabric, this is a great way to turn it into something useful. Whether you have some sewing scraps on-hand or simply some space clothing you were going to donate – put them to good use in this eco-friendly craft! Find out how here.

Make a ‘big box’ town

Don’t know what to do with that enormous cardboard box sitting in your garage? Or have an over-supply of boxes from online orders? Get the children involved with this eco-friendly art activity and make an entire town! This blog posts tells you how.

Make cardboard insects

On the other hand, if you have a smaller cardboard box – or spare sheets of cardboard – these insects are the perfect solution. Perfect for making the most out of old household supplies!

Make stamps out of old corks

Don’t toss out the cork next time you open a bottle of wine – turn it into a sustainable stamp instead! Not only is this another fun sustainable craft to try with your children, but once complete it can create a whole new activity as your children use their new stamps to create art. This video shows you how.

Make a twig mobile

If you’ve got a selection of small sticks and some yarn, you can easily do this eco-friendly craft! This is a great sustainable activity for your children to help welcome a new member of the family or a way to get your children involved in crafting new décor for their rooms. Click here for the full instructions.

Turn soft drink tabs into ladybugs

Before you toss that soft drink can out, save the tabs – they can become the cutest ladybug wings if you follow these instructions! Let your little one’s imaginations run wild as they craft their ladybugs and play with them in the garden afterward. A sustainable craft and entertaining game all in one.

Make alphabet rocks

The sustainable tools for teaching your children letters might already be waiting in your backyard! This eco-friendly art activity is a simple way to help your children learn and grow whilst expressing their creativity. This guide for making alphabet rocks is creative and educational.

Turn your milk bottle into a fairy house

The life of your milk bottle can continue long after you’ve finished the last drop with this idea for turning it into a fairy house! Your children can enjoy crafting an eco-friendly playhouse for their toys and spend hours playing with their latest creations.

Make egg carton animals

With a bit of paint, glue and, of course, an egg carton, you can make a whole eco-friendly zoo! This sustainable craft activity makes some adorable animals your children can enjoy bringing to life and they can play with them after! Here’s how.


Sustainability At Edge Early Learning

At Edge, we take sustainability seriously and incorporate sustainable messaging into our early learning programs. From teaching children about the importance of being sustainable and environmentally friendly in our outdoor learning spaces to enjoying eco-friendly crafts indoors,

Find out about our approach to sustainability here!

Book a Tour