With Earth Day on April 22nd, I thought I'd share a few simple ways to celebrate with young kids. I'm always talking to Aria about being less wasteful. That seems to be the big one for her age range - turning the water on full blast to brush teeth and wash hands, flushing the toilet twice, turning on all the lights in the house for fun, using half a roll of toilet paper to wipe, etc. Having a constant dialogue about being good inhabitants of our Earth and respecting everything else that we share it with is a year round job. And one more people should have with themselves more often - we just had a giant fish kill numbering in the thousands locally because of what people are putting into the water. Dead fish washed up on shore for miles. Not pleasant.
Earth Day is a great reminder to take a look at things your family does as a whole, and see where you can make improvements. Maybe even make a goal or two to work on for the next year - using less grocery bags, recycling more efficiently, etc. But, Earth Day doesn't have to be all dead fish and long chats it is a great day to be a little extra festive. Kids retain things better when it's enjoyable and fun, yes? So here are some things Aria and I have done in the past for Earth Day and just for fun, or celebrated a bit early for this year's Earth Day that I think would be great to do on the 22nd or all month long!
Make a Stained Glass Earth Craft:
What you'll need: contact paper, blue and green tissue paper, construction paper or any paper, and scissors. A marker too if you want to write the name and date on it, but not necessary.
How to: Cut a square of contact paper. Cut a hollow circular frame with the paper - I traced a bowl and a slightly smaller bowl then cut the whole thing out followed by the inside. Place your frame on the sticky side of the contact paper. Pull apart the tissue papers into little squares, you do not need a lot. Maybe an eighth of one sheet of tissue paper for each color. So that will get you set up. Just let your kid go to town sticking the tissue paper onto the contact paper, loosely attempting to keep it all inside the frame. When it is full of paper cut another similarly sized piece of contact paper and place the sticky side on top of the sticky/papered piece. Flip the whole thing over and there is your earth. Just trim the contact paper from around the circular frame and then hang in a window.
Read Earth Day Books:I Can Save The Earth, A Tree Is Nice, Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day, The Giving Tree, The Lorax, The Curious Garden.
Make a Bird Feeder:
Collect Sticks & Paint Them:
Make Dirt Pudding:a total hit by the way. Gummie worms might be Aria's favorite treat ever. A perfect fun snack to sweeten Earth Day. It would go great with ants on a log - celery with peanut butter and raisins dotted along the pb like ants. Even better would be taking both on a picnic lunch or dinner along with garden veggies, fruit, and sandwiches.
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt:leaf themed Teaching Together Blog Hop. Or, you can use this amazing printable from Sara at Running from the Law to find specific things on your nature walk.
Make Earth Day Cookies:
Plant Something:last spring, and it's gone completely wild again. I'm terrible. But, really weeding is probably my least favorite thing ever. Maybe a tiny herb garden instead!
Make Mud Pies:
Go Fruit Picking:
Make a Butterfly Feeder:here for all the details on how to make your own!
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