Celebrate Earth Day every day! Combine a Planet Earth craft with a bit of science for the perfect STEAM activity this season. This coffee filter Earth Day art is great for even non-crafty kiddos. Explore simple science with a colorful take on coffee filter soluble science. Read on to learn more and how to make this special spring craft with your kids. Perfect for a weather theme or ocean unit too!
MAKE AN EARTH DAY CRAFT THIS SPRING
EASY EARTH DAY CRAFT
Get ready to add this colorful Earth Day craft to your lesson plans this season. If you want to learn more about combining art and science for fun hands-on STEAM, let’s grab the supplies! While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun spring activities.
Our activities and crafts are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind! Easy to set up, quick to do, most crafts will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun. Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home.
Find out how coffee filters and washable markers from the Dollar Store (or supermarket) transform into a heartwarming Earth Day craft for kids of all ages.
HOW MUCH OF THE EARTH IS OCEAN?
Can you believe the ocean covers 71% of the Earth and makes up 99% of the living space on this planet! WOW! That’s a fun fact for kids.
And did you know that only 1% of all this water is freshwater? You can find more fun ocean science facts here.
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COFFEE FILTER EARTH DAY ART
YOU WILL NEED:
- Coffee Filters
- Washable Markers
- Glue Sticks
- Gallon Size Zipper Bag OR Metal Baking Sheet Pan
- Water Spray Bottle
- Printable Backdrop
HOW TO MAKE A COFFEE FILTER EARTH
STEP 1. Flatten round coffee filters, and draw your Earth with the ocean and continents.
TIP: If you want to make a coffee filter heart to go in the center, choose pinks, reds, purples, or any colors you want and color in a separate coffee filter. Or you can skip the coffee filter heart and cut out hearts from red construction paper or tissue paper or use stickers!
This might be a great time to share some facts such as the Earth is 70% ocean. You can also review the different continents and oceans!
ALSO CHECK OUT: Geology For Kids
STEP 2. Place the colored coffee filters on a gallon size zipper bag or metal baking sheet pan and then mist with a water spray bottle.
STEP 3. Watch the magic as the colors blend and the Earth comes to life! Set aside to dry.
STEP 4. Download our free printable background HERE. Go ahead and color it in if you like!
STEP 5. Cut out a heart to add to the center of your Earth if desired. Glue it to the center of the Earth. Then glue the Earth to the center of the printable!
Your Earth Day craft is finished and ready to enjoy!
QUICK AND SIMPLE SOLUBLE SCIENCE
Why do the colors on your coffee filter Earth blend together? It’s all to do with solubility. If something is soluble that means it will dissolve in that liquid (or solvent). The ink used in these washable markers dissolves in what? The water of course!
In this Earth Day craft, the water (solvent) is meant to dissolve the marker ink (solute). For this to happen, the molecules in both the water and the ink must be attracted to each other. When you added drops of water to the designs on the paper, the ink should spread out and run through the paper with the water.
Note: Permanent markers do not dissolve in water but in alcohol. You can see this in action here with our tie-dye Valentine cards.
MORE FUN EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES
- Earth Day Oobleck
- Earth Day Milk and Vinegar Experiment
- Homemade Seed Bombs
- DIY Birdseed Ornaments
- Earth Day Coloring Page
MAKE A COLORFUL COFFEE FILTER EARTH WITH SCIENCE
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