If we start at a young age, we can help our children learn the importance of celebrating Earth Day not just on Earth Day but every day. I’ve put together 5 Earth Day Activities for Kids that can help them learn how important it is to take care of our planet and the environment around them.
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Grab some acrylic paint markers or fabric markers and a blank canvas tote bag! Make a fun activity out of explaining to your kids why using reusable bags instead of plastic bags is so beneficial to the environment. The best way to simplify this explanation is to break it down into as few words as possible but also still get the message across.
5 reasons reusable bags are good for our planet Earth: they reduce waste by not having to toss all the plastic bags, they decrease pollution by not ending up in our landfills, they protect wildlife by not hurting fish and land animals when they are tossed, they have a smaller carbon footprint (which means they require less energy to make them), and they are REUSABLE! One of the 3R’s!
Pick Up Trash
Yes, it’s a dirty job but picking up litter in your neighborhood and community is one of the easiest things you can do to help our planet. Again, keeping it simple for little ears, here are 5 reasons we can all stand to pick up a little trash: it helps protect wildlife because they may confuse the trash for food, which can make them sick. Trash pick-up also helps keep our little piece of land clean and beautiful, which can restore a sense of pride in our community. It helps reduce toxins that seep into the Earth. Plastic items found on the ground can be recycled instead of going into landfills. Lastly, it helps keep our oceans cleaner and the fish that swim in them so they don’t eat things that could destroy their species.
As you pick up trash, remind your kids not to litter themselves. And remember, don’t just say it— be it! Live by what you teach your children because if they hear your words and see them in your habits, they too will develop them as they get older. This means don’t just pick up trash on the side of the road or in your neighborhood park on Earth Day— do it on the other 364 days of the year as well!
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Plant a Tree or a Garden
Planting trees, flowers, fruit, and vegetable gardens are a fun exercise for kids to see and experience what it’s like to care for something they planted with their own hands and then watch it grow. Other ways trees are beneficial: they provide oxygen which helps us breathe. They also provide food and safe habitat to small animals and birds. They store water and absorb harmful gases like carbon dioxide.
Earth Day Collage Walk
Get outside and enjoy our planet by going for a walk. Walk instead of drive whenever possible. If you’ve got a community park within walking distance, take advantage of it! Grab a basket or the reusable bag you just made, and collect items you find along your walk. Later, hot glue the items found onto a piece of poster board and talk about the things you found!
While walking, explain to your kids that walking instead of driving (whenever possible) is important because it helps reduce air pollution from cars. Let them know that cars emit carbon dioxide and yuckie gasses that are harmful to our environment.
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FUN Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Mix in a little fun by really observing the world around you with this fun Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. You can get your Earth Day Scavenger Hunt in our Etsy Shop, download, print, and reuse year after year. This is a fun activity to mix in with all the learning, because let’s face it, sometimes a lot of talking can be overwhelming for kids. I hope that you found some of these Earth Day Activities for Kids something worth talking about this Earth Day!
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What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day? If you liked or used any of mine please pin and share in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.