Earth Day is a day we as a family haven’t acknowledged until now. I don’t know why we hadn’t thought of marking Earth Day with crafts and activities for our kids before. Every April 22nd since 1970 Earth Day has been celebrated. The main aim of Earth day is to raise awareness on the negative impact our actions have on our environment and the earth as a whole and for some it is a day for political action / general participation.
Our aim for Earth day was to get chatting and learning with our children about how we can care for the environment. We wanted our children to discuss topics around caring for our planet, read some educational environmental books and do some fun, creative activities.
There are a number of Earth day crafts and activities that you could do for Earth day and I have compiled a few that we would like to share with you.
As a family we teach our children regularly about how we can reduce, re-use and recycle. This activity is a perfect opportunity to chat about recycling and plastic litter while being creative. They are also good for using as a display to share with others.
Simply go through some plastic containers and cut out shapes or alternatively large yoghurt pot lids / food plastic lids work well. We decorated the plastic using Sharpies. Think of some Earth day creations, pick up litter messages, recycling messages and get creating! Then punch a hole using a hole puncher and hang from a twig to make an Earth day sun catcher mobile.
What could be more Earth day themed than making some pattered seed bombs to help grow a wild flower corner in a garden or park and attract some bees. This activity was great fun and relatively easy to do.
This is something that so many local communities are actively involved in. We have our very own local rock Facebook group. Children and adults decorate, hide and find painted/decorated rocks throughout the year. If you don’t have a group near you then simply start one up or just hide some rocks to make someone smile. Doing some Earth day themed rocks is a great way to spread the Earth day message.
We love a themed play dough! Using blue and green coloured play dough with some loose items that you have in the home is ideal for young children.
You could simply leave the dough to be natural and add in rosemary and lavender for a more natural Earth day look. Alternatively make some homemade dyed play dough using your own homemade dyes.
Here is my basic play dough recipe
Loose items could include blue/green stones, sticks, grass, safe flowers, toy animals and some wooden play dough tools.
We did a simple scavenger hunt, where we chose some colours to paint inside a cardboard egg box. We then went out and found some nature that matched the colours in the egg box. This is an easy activity that incorporates colour learning, paint mixing (and most importantly for Earth day) discussions about vibrant colours of nature.
I hope that you have found some inspiration for making and doing some Earth day crafts and activities with your kids. We would love to hear what crafts you chose to do and how they turned out.