Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fun and Inexpensive Green Project for Kiddos

Transform yogurt containers into cute animals? Sounds like a fun green (and inexpensive) project for kids!

To make some froggy friends you will need:
  • Small yogurt cups One flat like those of Yoplait YoPlus yogurts for the turtle, and for the frog a small cup like those from Yoplait FiberOne or Yoplait Kids yogurts.
  • Green spray paint The type made for plastic works best but there are low voc options too.
  • Green craft foam Thick green recycled/handmade craft paper or green cardboard would work as well.
  • adhesive A glue gun and glue sticks are quick but hot. Try a fast drying craft glue if worried about burns.
  • Craft eyes Small to medium size
  • Markers One permanent and one fine tip or ball point pen.
  • Scissors

To make your green frog friends:
  • Clean and dry empty yogurt cups
  • Take the yogurt cups outside or to a well ventilated area and turn upside-down on a bottle or newspaper and spray paint them green. You may need two or three coats to get even coverage.
  • While the paint is drying, trace patterns for the head, legs, tummy (frog) and tail (turtle) onto the craft foam (or cardboard) with a fine tip marker or ball point pen.
  • Cut out the shapes and set aside for the frog. You will need a large football/frog shaped head, two legs and a circle for the belly. For the turtle you need four little legs, a tail, and a head.
  • Once the paint is dry you can glue the shapes on. Start with the head for each friend.
  • Now glue on the tummy for the frog or tail for the turtle.
  • Glue on the eyes
  • Draw a mouth and nose holes for the frog.
You can use acrylic paint, stickers, or cut out craft foam to customize the frogs and turtles with spots and designs. You can use what you have on hand or look for eco-options when it comes to glue, paint, and other supplies.

Source: Crafting a Green World

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