Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about recycling, upcycling and Mother Earth. If you want to participate in Earth Day activities, there are plenty around the state. You can also educate the kids using a few environmentally-friendly crafts like these:

Courtesy of Craft Your Happiness

Craft Your Happiness has a plan to spread the love using heart shaped seed bombs, a creative way to plant anywhere there’s space—the side of the road, a field or your own backyard. This is an inexpensive, basic way to exercise your green thumb (and your kids will love tossing them in the dirt).

Full instructions: Craft Your Happiness

Cottage Hill has a tutorial for earth-friendly pots made from one common household item that may surprise you. Even better? These pots can be placed right in the soil.

Full instructions: Cottage Hill

Chicks Dig Coupons repurposes a 2-liter Coke bottle into a bird feeder that’s perfect for spring (and a lot of fun to decorate).

Full instructions: Chicks Dig Coupons

Courtesy of Stuffed Suitcase for Today’s Creative Blog

Kim from Stuffed Suitcase has a great DIY crayon craft that’ll teach them about three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s simple and colorful, and will instruct the kids on how to reuse what they already have.

Full instructions: Today’s Creative Life

Books and Giggles shows you how to upcycle plastic from food items to create your own suncatchers. Hang these beauties in your windows to catch some rays. If your kids are up for a slightly bigger challenge, follow instructions on creating a mobile.

Full instructions: Books and Giggles

Courtesy of A Journey to a Dream

A Journey to a Dream provides directions on creating a watering can out of an old plastic carton. It’s quick to make, and a great example of turning forgotten plastic into a working, usable tool.

Full instructions: A Journey to a Dream

Check out more Earth Day craft ideas on our Pinterest board.

And, of course, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than by spending time outdoors. You can take a hike, go on a bike ride or hit one of the state’s many Earth Day fests with the kiddos.

How will you celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments.