Earth Day is almost here, and it’s a great opportunity to teach your little Earthlings about the environment! That’s why each year, on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier, healthier place to live.
Check out the fun ideas below that you can use as a conversation starter to get kids interested in animals, Mother Nature, and simple things they can do to go green.
Slash the Trash: Outdoor Trash Pickup Scavenger Hunt
Turn your daily walk into an Earth-friendly adventure! Take this scavenger hunt with you and see if your kids can find and dispose of trash found on your walk. Scavenger hunts are a great way for kids to practice problem-solving and learn the value of teamwork. Don’t forget this is just for fun and it’s ok if you can’t find everything. Hopefully, this inspires kids to continue to get rid of trash on future walks too.
Save That Seed!
Save an avocado pit and plant an avocado tree! Did you know that you can grow your very own avocados from the pit of the one you just turned into guac? Yup, you can by planting your avocado pit. Check out the full blog here!
Earth Day Printables Pack!
Celebrate our beautiful Earth with these 3 amazing Earth Day Printables!
Make Your Own Beaker Creatures Home!
Recycle a shoebox or cardboard box to create a miniature world! They can dream up a magically tiny Beaker Creatures world, all contained in a little box. Head outside and find objects (leaves, sticks, acorns, etc.) in nature to create your world! The fun is in creating and building something new!
DIY Earth Day Sensory Art
A wonderful way to celebrate our one-of-a-kind planet, this Earth Day art project is alive with color. Engaging the senses of even your littlest conservationist, recreate this masterpiece with just a few items you probably already have at home.
DIY Edible Soil Layers!
Soil is so much more than what’s under our grass. Each layer of earth is defined by its own “horizon.” These horizons run parallel to the ground and serve up distinct characteristics that aid the layers above and below. When a vertical section of these many horizons is taken, it’s known as a soil profile. Profiling soil isn’t the most colorful or exciting activity, but creating an edible representation of all the layers sure can be!
Dig deep for some edible, dirt-loving fun! Children will eat up this delicious activity. It demonstrates the different soil layers and encourages discussion on soil’s vital role in sustaining plant and animal life on our planet.
DIY Bird Feeder
Celebrate Earth Day a little bit early and welcome those migrating birds back home with a DIY bird feeder you can make from materials you already have!
Finish the day off with one final lesson, see why April 22nd is so special, why we celebrate Earth Day, and other exciting facts!