Coffee makes everything better. To those who suggest I have dependence issues around caffeine, I say “Poo poo.” My morning cup makes me feel happy and energized, and I could care less that it’s caffeine induced. Great for the mind and the body, it turns out coffee can even be useful for crafts. Who knew? Now, when I tell my kids my coffee habit is good for THEM, I won’t just be talking about my mood.
Here are a few excellent links I found that use coffee grounds and filters to make fossils and butterflies. Perfect as a tie-in to spring and earth day, these crafts are fun and easy. I can’t wait to try these out on the deck with the kids, and a nice cup of coffee, of course.
1- EARTH DAY COFFEE GROUND FOSSILS (CLICK FOR INSTRUCTIONS.)
Don’t throw out your coffee grounds. Use them to make dough! Select any shapes to make “fossils”, and use as an opportunity to discuss dinosaurs, the history of our planet, erosion, or other related topics.
2- COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES (CLICK FOR INSTRUCTIONS.)
These are so pretty, and so easy to make. I could see attaching a string, and hanging them mobile-style. Thanks to my instant-coffee machine, I have stacks of coffee filters piled up in my pantry that will finally be put to good use. We will make this craft outside in the garden, and maybe talk about caterpillars, cocoons, and pollen. For younger children, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” would make a great accompaniment to this craft.