Make some Earth Day resources

Get your students excited for Earth Day on April 22nd with some clip art of real-world activities perfect for your practical science resources!

Grab a sweet potato, some toothpicks, and a jar and grow a pretty vine; make a butterfly water dish with a shallow bowl and some pebbles; or lash a forked branch and a stick together with twine to make room for a garden spider’s web.

Regrow Vegetables Clip Art, DIY Wildlife Feeders Clip Art, and DIY Wildlife Houses Clip Art all available in my shop. [edit – I have closed my TPT shop. Please visit my creative market shop for clip art sets.]


May TPT Freebie, Artist’s Choice

It’s time for the TPT Clip Artists’ Collaboration May freebies. The theme this month is Artist’s Choice! I’m giving away a garden spider as a companion to my DIY Wildlife Houses and DIY Wildlife Feeders Clip Art series.

In the freebie product description are links to all the other participating sellers’ products. Collect them all and follow for future sets! [edit – I have closed my TPT shop. Please visit my creative market shop for clip art sets.]

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DIY Wildlife Feeders + Homes Projects

While researching my new clip art sets, DIY Wildlife Feeders Clip Art and DIY Wildlife Houses, I consulted a few books and websites. Here are a some that I would recommend to help you with your own similar projects. (Note that the books are Amazon affiliate links.)

Wildlife Gardening A DK book by Martyn Cox from 2009; hardcover 80 pp SLJ (School Library Journal) grades 3-6. This book has a lot of projects reasonably within reach of kids, though most with adult help. All the projects seem to have real, practical use in the garden or for STEM explorations. Because it is British, you will want to swap out plants native to your area for their native recommendations.

Kids’ Easy to Create Wildlife Habitats by Emily Stetson, illustrations by J. Susan Cole Stone from 2004; paperback 128 pp SLJ grades 2-5. Filled with information about backyard wildlife and habitats, including modern problems they face, this book also offers many useful, practical projects for making wildlife-friendly spaces.

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener by Tammi Hartung, illustrations by Holly Ward Bimbo from 2013; paperback 144 pp. A book aimed at adults and filled with charming illustrations on every page. Offers ways to encourage wildlife in a peaceful coexistence with your garden. Includes ideas for feeders and shelters.

The website offers a free, downloadable PDF guide to making an insect hotel that appeals to a variety of bugs, plus projects to make shelters for solitary bees, lacewings, or ladybugs.

The blog has a nice collection of wildlife projects for kids, including feeders and shelters.

There is good information on bumblebees and their nesting habitats at

My Pinterest board, Kid’s Gardening, has many other links to related projects.