Last-Minute Earth Day Crafts & Activities for LA Kids

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Oh, hey, it’s Earth Day on Apr. 22. If the occasion somehow fell off your radar (same), not to worry. Celebrate all things nature, upcycled and repurposed with these fun and easy projects from our favorite LA museums and kids art studios.

Chalk Branches

Courtesy of Meri Cherry Art Studio in Encino, this craft project is ideal for little ones. "When they dip the chalk in water it becomes like paint and they can scrape it down to the nub on the branches. Super sensory, super satisfying," writes Meri Cherry (yep, that's the studio founder's real name, too) in her Instagram post.  

Hammered Flowers

LA's Craft Contemporary museum shared this fun project, ideal for all ages. Kids can collect petals and leaves on a nature walk and then use their toy toolbox hammers to make art. See the full Instagram tutorial here

Bubble Wrap Prints

Also from Craft Contemporary, here's a creative way to upcycle the bubble wrap in all those deliveries you've been receiving while stuck at home. Watch the video tutorial.

Upcycled Treasure Box

Culver City's reDiscover Center specializes in making with sustainable, upcycled materials. In addition to offering virtual tinkering classes, they're also sharing ideas on Youtube, like how to make this nifty treasure box

Egg Carton Flowers

Also from Meri Cherry, these springtime buds are made from cardboard egg cartons. See the Instagram video tutorial here.

Mini Playground

What kid doesn't love miniature everything? With this project from Cr8 Art Studio in North Hollywood, little ones can craft their own pint-sized playground using cardboard boxes, a paper towel roll and more. 

Wall Tapestry with Repurposed Materials

Tune into The Broad's weekly family art projects for ideas like this one, inspired by the works of Nigeria-based artist El Anatsui, who creates oversized tapestries from re-purposed materials including bottle caps, packaging and copper wire.

Cardboard Birdhouse

Pasadena's Kisapace Children's Museum is sharing daily at-home projects, like this DIY birdhouse plus tips on what to serve birds if you're short on seed. 

–Shannan Rouss