Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  This is one of those holidays that is made for kids – there are so many ways you can teach a child about the importance of caring for our planet and the environment and today is the perfect day to do it.  Below are some of my favorite ideas for showing the Earth some love with your kids!

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scavenger Hunts:

What child does not love to do a scavenger hunt?!  These are a great, interactive way to get kids of all ages involved and teach about the importance of nature conservation.

  1. Photo Scavenger Hunt:  Let your child be a photographer and shoot 10 nature images that show the beauty of our planet and why we need to protect it.
  2. Pieces of Nature Hunt:  Create a list of 10 naturally occurring items (leaves, rocks, plants, flowers) that you might find in your neighborhood and have your child check off the list as you find them. If the items are collectable, your child can bring them home as a souvenir of the hunt!
  3.  Nature ABC Scavenger Hunt:  The goal of this hunt is to find natural items that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Litter Cleanup:

This is a timeless Earth Day activity.  Unfortunately litter continues to be a problem despite an ongoing anti-littering campaign.  It is imperative to ingrain in your children at a young age that littering is wrong and this activity can open up the conversation and help beautify your neighborhood or local park!

Earth Day Online Games:

Josie and I played Michael, Michael Go Recycle this morning and had a great convo about what we recycle and how we do it here at home.  It is kind of old-school, but just right for your preschooler or young school-age child.

http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/earth-day/games/game_michael_recycle.html

PBS Kids also has a variety of games available under the Earth Day theme.

http://pbskids.org/games/earthday.html

Earth Day Crafts:

zearthday3[4]I love this craft idea because every kid loves to use their hands to paint and it gives them a chance to say how they will love their Earth.

http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/search/label/Earth%20Day

11Jan21_crayons_29-300x268This is a great example of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Take those old broken useless crayons and bring them back to life.

http://betterinbulk.net/2011/01/melting-crayons-give-new-life-to-broken-crayons.html

recycle gardenRecycled Gardens are so creative and a great way to reuse everyday household items.

http://laughpaintcreate.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-03-28T09%3A02%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=7

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