Many people around the world celebrate Earth Day each year on April 22. It’s a great opportunity to teach children the importance of taking care of our planet. This will encourage them to continue as they get older. If you’re looking for some great ideas, I got you covered. Here’s some awesome ways to celebrate Earth Day as a family.
Neighborhood Clean Up
Grab some gloves and garbage bags then head out with your family to pick up trash around the neighborhood. Make sure your child only picks up paper or plastic products. Safety first! This is also a great time to have a discussion about not littering.
Start a Garden
Here’s the truth. I do not have a green thumb. It’s always a struggle to keep plants alive. Surprisingly, I grew up with a grandmother who had a nice garden with fruits and vegetables. She also had beautiful flowers throughout her yard. This doesn’t stop me from trying though. Starting a garden is one of the best ways to give back to our planet and celebrate Earth Day. If you don’t have a lot of space, create an indoor garden with some herbs or patio garden. You can make it fun for kids by creating seed bombs like this one from Little Bins for Little Hands. This seem to be a trending activity for spring.
Recycling is one of the best ways to reduce your environmental footprint. My boys are familiar with our recycling bin in the kitchen. It’s a great habit for young children so they can become responsible adults. If your apartment complex or subdivision does not provide recycling bins, search for the nearest recycling center. There are also stores that allow drop offs for plastic bags, batteries or bottles.
Reuse Materials for Art Projects
Make cool sculptures using recycle toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Create a nature crown using recycled cardboard and items from outside. There are so many items we recycle that can be used to create crafts including milk jogs, egg cartons and tin cans. Check out my Pinterest board for some Earth Day crafts and activities.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
A fun activity that the kids will enjoy is a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items that you can collect around your home, neighborhood or local park. You can have a discussion about all the things that you were able to find. In order to save paper, you could make the list on your phone, use a recycled cardboard cut into a square or use a dry erase board. Can’t think of anything? Here’s a scavenger hunt list that I created that can be downloaded for free.
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