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Egg Carton Challenge: The Earth

Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

We created an Earth from egg cartons. First, we tore apart and cut up the cartons.Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Then we grabbed green and blue paint, a few brushes and set up our activity table.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Then we painted the cartons and let them dry.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

In the meantime, we painted a big circle on a piece of poster board by mixing all sorts of colors together to create a base color for our Earth. My son painted away and I refined the edges a bit. You could also use tape to allow your kids to go crazy with the painting while keeping the “integrity” of the circle.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Once the egg cartons were dry, we trimmed them to make gluing a bit easier.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Then we got out brushes and glue. My son started spreading the glue all over the poster board.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Then we glued the egg cartons in no particular design on the poster board. The green pieces were glued on opening faced down, the blue pieces were glued opposite to get a better sense of the deep blue oceans. There were more blue pieces than green pieces.
Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Egg Carton Earth Day Craft

Then we waited (again)…

Egg Carton Craft

I ended up using an X-Acto knife and cutting a square around the Earth and then displaying it. There are a variety of ways you could display. Given that I have an almost 3-year-old and a 15-month-old, I am really happy with the result.

Egg Carton Craft

As a side note, we used the torn up egg carton as a bonus sensory experience, particularly with our younger son. The Earth itself is a tactile experience.

Thank you for visiting! I hope that we inspired you today!
Marnie

 

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