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Fun Earth Day Activities for Kids

Apr 17, 2015
Diane Hoffmaster

Earth Day comes along every April as a reminder to all of us that we need to tread lightly on our planet. Our children will one day be the caretakers of our Earth and it is up to us to teach them how to reduce their carbon footprint. These lessons don't have to be complicated – it can be something as simple as a conversation about the importance of appreciating the nature that surrounds us. If you would like to teach your children a few eco-friendly lessons this Earth Day, here are a few easy hands-on activities you can do to help you get started.

Fun Earth Day Activities for Kids 

•    Go on a nature hike. Children who are exposed to nature early in life have a tendency to want to take care of it. Head out to the park and collect leaves, go geocaching, bring binoculars and do some bird watching. Whatever activity you choose to do on your nature hike will be sure to capture the attention of your children.

•    Plant a garden. Make a trip to the local nursery and pick up a few plants and seeds. Dig for worms and turn the soil in your garden bed. Teach your children how worms factor into the life cycle of organic matter. Plant and water your new garden and make some garden markers to remind you what was planted where. For a fun twist, you can assign your child a plant that they have be responsible for watering and taking care of throughout the duration of the season.

•    Visit a zoo or aquarium. Both of these activities will allow you to talk to your children about animals around the world and the problems they face. Talk to them about the animals’ habitats and the effects humans have on those habitats. Encourage them to ask questions throughout the tour and ask the experts to weigh in on answers if you’re not sure.

•    Make an eco-friendly craft together. Find ways to recycle and upcycle some of the things you have around your house. Make a homemade bird feeder from a pinecone, peanut butter and bird seeds like this, or decorate an empty oatmeal container with construction paper and let your child use it as a drum. Teaching children to make something new from something old is a wonderful Earth Day lesson and allows them to stretch those creative brain muscles!

•    Organize a community clean-up. Grab a few trash bags and rubber gloves and head out to a local area in your community such as a stream, park, or sidewalk that is in need of a clean-up. Make it a communal effort and ask your neighbors to participate with their children as well. Cleaning up trash will reinforce the lesson that we should never throw our OWN trash on the ground.

There are many ways to teach our children to be kind to our Earth. Whether you sit down and read them an Earth Day book or host a recycling drive for your community, you should definitely teach your kids about this important day!

What will YOU be doing for Earth Day with your kids?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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