Teaching our children from a young age to love our planet is important. If you are celebrating Earth Day or Week and looking for a fun project to do with toddlers through lower elementary ages, this two hands holding the world craft is easy and fun to make.
Featuring fingerprint hearts and a red heart in the center, it can easily act as a conversation starter on talking with kids about ways they can love and care for the planet we live on.
2 Hands Holding the World Paper Craft for Earth Day
In this craft, kids will create traced hand paper cutouts bent to look like they are holding Earth. It symbolizes that the world is in our hands. Things that we do have an impact on its future.
The use of fingerprints to create the earth represent the 'human fingerprints' that affect our climate, oceans, and more. We can make our mark on the world, no matter how small, to help make a difference for this beautiful place we call home.
The fingerprint hearts embody the positive 'marks' kids can leave behind for future generations and the years to come. Ask them to think about what kinds of fingerprints they want to leave behind. What can they do to make the world a cleaner, happier place?
See also: Earth Day Books For Kids
10 Simple Ways Kids Can Show Love For Earth
- Pick up litter when they see it.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth.
- Turn off the lights when not needed.
- Unplug things that aren't currently being used.
- Take shorter showers.
- Make bird feeders.
- Plant trees, flowers, or a garden.
- Make a rain catcher to use for watering plants or the garden.
- Limit the use of disposable items such as plastic forks, straws, and so on.
- Only drink from a reusable water bottle.
Find more ways kids can help care for our planet on PBS Parents.
Supplies for the Earth Day Handprint Heart Art
- white cardstock
- paints (blue and green)
- red and skin-colored construction paper
Instructions for Creating Two Hands Holding Earth Craft
First draw a circle on the white paper, I used a plate as a template.
Next, using two thumbprints, create green and blue hearts around the inside of the circle, mimicking the land and ocean of the earth.
Next, use a smaller finger to create smaller dots around the large circle, covering up the pencil marks. Cut the circle out.
Trace both hands on skin colored construction paper. Cut them out.
Glue the hands to the back of the plate with the fingers pointing out the sides.
Curl the fingers towards the plate and glue the tip of the middle finger down onto the plate.
Cut out a red heart and glue to the center of the plate, in between the hands.
The Earth Day handprint heart art is complete! The finished hands holding the world art projects can be displayed on a bulletin board in a classroom or made at home to display on the refrigerator.
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