Ideas and activities to help your family celebrate Earth Day!

What is Earth Day?  Earth Day is recognized as the largest civic event in the world with over 1 billion (!) people from more than 193 countries participating.  Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd every year.  The day aims to raise awareness about climate change and global warming and inspire acts that protect the environment and place focus on the need for conservation. 

Help teach your children the importance of Earth Day.  It is a very important day for everyone who inhabits this planet. Every day, we’re becoming more aware of the affects of global warming. Teaching your children the importance of Earth Day is the first step, as they will be our legacy and the caretakers of our planet in years to come.

 

Exploring the 4 ‘R’s … Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rebuy!

Teaching Our Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy   When kids see the trash from their home being taken away by a garbage collector, it can be hard for them to grasp that this garbage actually ends up somewhere else, like in a landfill, and doesn’t just disappear. But when you adopt environmentally responsible practices in your home, you teach your children not only about where trash ends up, but also how they can work with you to produce less garbage and do their part to protect the environment.  Here are some ways to put the four R’s reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy, into practice in your home.

 

 


Read Aloud: How to Help the Earth – by the Lorax (with Tish Rabe)  You and your family can make a difference this Earth Day and everyday moving forward, with the help of this informative book.  The Lorax takes you on an information journey from what happens to garbage after it is put in the waste bin to easy tips and suggestions for how you and your family can go green by donating used items and clothing!  Asking, how you can live like the Lorax? Is a great way to start a conversation, listen and share ideas and make a plan for change within your own household!  This book is recommended for Preschool/Kindergarten children.


 

Recycled Cereal Box Journals  What a great way to repurpose cereal boxes.  Why not make your own journal.  You can take this journal with you when you go on a nature walk.  Write down things you see, hear and smell.  You can draw pictures and collect items found on your walk.

 

 


 

Outdoor Wind Chimes  Using recycled materials is a great way to upcycle and creates beautiful art for your outdoor space. At the same time enjoying the musical sounds on a windy day.

 

 


Starting a City Vegetable Garden using Homemade Origami Newspaper Pots  What is Origami? By definition, it is the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes.  Keeping this definition in mind, we encourage you and your child to explore the process of starting your own vegetable seeds in homemade pots!  The days are getting longer and brighter so placing the pots in a sunny window will give them a good start.  Once the seedlings have grown enough to plant in a balcony pot or garden, you can plant the whole plant and pot together in the dirt.  Some seeds start to grow a little faster than others so look at peas, green beans and even sprouts for a quick response time.  For more information, check out this BLOG and this VIDEO.


“What do you know about Virtual Water?” Question Challenge   It is really hard to understand how much we need and value a natural resource to make or process the items we use and eat in our everyday lives.  So, the American Museum of Natural History has put together a quick and informative questionnaire about the use of water to produce or process items and do we really know how much water goes into these items behind the scenes. 

After completing the questionnaire, follow-up with the article  “Be a Water Saver”.   This checklist provides you and your family with many reachable suggestions on how you can make a difference to conserve water and how small changes can make a big impact on the environment!


Homemade Water Filtering Experiment  What better way to explore with children the process of how to filter dirty water to get cleaner water then do an experiment using some easy to find materials. A few empty clear containers or jars; funnels, sand and rocks, and coffee filters or paper towel will start you on your discovery. Remember: This is only an experiment meant to show how the process of filtering works, not to filter it enough to drink!

 

Exploring Nature and Our Natural Resources!

Earth Day Nature Walk Ideas  There is no better way to celebrate Earth Day then by getting outdoors. Providing opportunities for your little ones to experience hands on play in nature. This site will give your family some simple ideas for exploring while you walk.


Explore the Earth and Sky with your Three-Year-Old   Earth Day celebrations are going to look a bit differently this year with a lot of virtual events and a focus on staying within our own community.  So with this in mind, focusing on getting outdoors and exploring the earth and sky with our children is simple, easy and full of possibilities!  This site will introduce you to the importance of exploring the Earth and Sky with your child and how you can do that through activities, asking questions and introducing new words.  This is a good way to start your Earth Day experience with young children and getting everyone out into the environment and creating a love of nature through fun experiences is the first step!


Creating a Bird Watching Kit Make your own binoculars and birdfeeder to attract some curious birds and you have the perfect bird watching kit! They are simple to make and extremely frugal. Make your own birdfeeders using an empty tennis ball container, milk carton or even a plastic take out container. If you have any wooden skewers on hand these are great to create perches. Click on the links above for more recyclables to use for your homemade birdfeeder.

 


Creating Seed Balls from Recycled Paper for Our Pollinators!  Thinking about how to support our busy pollinators like bees and butterflies is only a plan away.  When the ground has defrosted and it has warmed up enough to plant wildflower seeds try using a homemade seed ball.  A seed ball is a small item that holds seeds together with a growing medium, in this case, old paper! You bury the seed balls below a layer of dirt for the seeds to grow. You can make these seed balls ahead of time, dry, and store them so you are all ready to go when the time is right to support our pollinators to do their very important work! Check out this VIDEO for ideas on planting a pollinator garden!