Earth Day Activities
Protect our planet and all living things big and small on the earth. It is easier than you think. Participate in one or all activities to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world and the anniversary is April 22nd. Enjoy these activities with your family and share with those in your community.
Earth Day Bracelet
Create a bracelet made of colored beads. Each colored bead represents a component of the earth and your commitment to environmental conservation. Let the bracelet serve as a reminder to care for our Earth not only during the time leading up to Earth Day, but everyday throughout the year.
Click here to make your Earth Bracelet today!
Make a model of the Earth
Here are some ideas on how to create a model of the earth:
● Make a paper mache globe out of paper strips and a balloon. Once it is dry then paint it green and blue. For ideas go to: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/285134220127436940/
● Perk up a faded ball with permanent markers or paint to look like the continents and the oceans.
● Cut out a large cardboard circle and decorate it with found objects or colored paper that can represent land and water.
Reuse Items – Tinkering Projects
Find a cardboard box or storage container that you can use for crafting and building projects. Instead of discarding small items in the trash, collect them to be used for a future project. For ideas on the types of materials to collect, look at tinkering projects on https://www.pinterest.com/pin/82120393193502478/. With your parents’ permission, you can go on a scavenger hunt in your room, the house and the garage to find scrap material or paper, old or broken gadgets or toys, and any leftover materials and objects to jump start your crafting and building box supplies.
Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk
Go for a walk today! There are so many things happening in our environment during this time. Go on a fun nature walk and see if you can find the following items. Feel free to snap a picture of items you may find on your walk.
Print your nature walk checklist here: Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk
Home Energy Savings Word Search
Did you know there are many ways you can help save energy in your home? Small acts can make a big difference over time. Check out this word search that includes energy saving tips you can perform at home.
Print: Energy Savings Word Search
Family Night. Game Night.
Make your own board game from common household recyclables like paperboard and bottle caps. Check out a few ideas online –
● DIY Checkers – https://diy-enthusiasts.com/…/diy-board-game-kids-bottle-c…/
● DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board – https://craftingagreenworld.com/artic…/diy-tic-tac-toe-game/
● DIY Chutes and Ladders – https://www.pinterest.at/pin/21744010671163206/
Write Your Thoughts On Paper
Start a nature journal – explore and observe the environment around you. Include bird sightings, a description of the days weather or include a pressed leaf or flower.
Another idea is to challenge your kids to create a small story about recycling, litter prevention, reducing or reusing, etc.. Don’t forget to include drawings!
Take a look at a couple ideas for inspiration – or for a simpler version – https://
Reuse of Egg shells
Easter egg shells can be used again in two different ways. Egg shells can be dug into the soil around plants to provide calcium and other benefits – https://www.gardenista.com/…/diy-5-ideas-to-use-eggshells-…/. Also, you can be creative with the shells making spring inspired art – https://www.makeandtakes.com/crushed-egg-shells
Things you can make out of plastic easter eggs. Take a look at a few ideas for inspiration –
https://www.theidearoom.net/plastic-easter-egg-crafts-and-…/. Also, common items like metal clothes hangers, tissue boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc. found around your home can become a recycled art sculpture – https://tinkerlab.com/recycled-art-sculpture-mystery-box-c…/.
5 Ways to Prevent Litter –
1). If you drop something on the ground, please pick it up and place it in a recycling or trash bin.
2). Have a litter bag in your car.
3). Pick up litter that blows in your yard or in your neighborhood.
4). Secure trash in bags and tie them shut.
5). Make sure trash can lids are closed and secure.
The next time your outside or on a walk, we challenge you to pick up litter you see on ground in your yard, neighborhood or park.
Earth Day Coloring Page
Print this Earth Day image, color and place in your window for those to see on Earth Day.
Print: Earth Day Coloring Page
Family Night. Game Night.
Have fun with your family by playing games made from items found around your home. DIY games like water bottle bowling, can stack or ring toss.
Take a look at a few ideas online –
● DIY Water Bottle Bowling / Tumbling Tows (can stacking game) – https://healthykidsrunningseries.org/…/20-recycling-activi…/
● DIY Ring Toss – https://www.kiwico.com/…/1/proje…/Paper-Plate-Ring-Toss/2572
Saturday Night. Movie Night.
Pop some popcorn and curl up with your favorite environmental movie.
A few ideas include PBS NOVA, Great Garbage Patch on You Tube or go to http://www.tcm.com/…/1…/Earth-Day-50th-Anniversary-4-22.html and https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/environmental-movies for additional movie ideas.
Here are a few helpful tips to recycle properly and efficiently as you recycle curbside or drop recyclables off at an Aim to Be Green site – https://recycleoss.org/recycling-drop-off-program-faq/
● Materials should be loose in the bin. Plastic bags do not belong.
● Flatten cardboard – this allows space for more materials.
● Foam and shredded paper cannot be recycled through curbside or drop-off programs.
● Only plastic beverage, food and detergent/shampoo containers can be recycled. All other plastics are not accepted.
● If an item is 2 inches or less – do not put it in the recycle bin. It will get lost in the recycling process.
● If a recycling bin is full, please do not place materials on the ground.
Composting and Gardening.
The best way to experience a cycle is to start a garden and a compost pile. Garden waste and food scraps will compost into a healthy soil additive to help your garden grow the next year. Check out a couple resources for kids – https://kidsgardening.org/ and educators – https://
Zero Waste Challenge.
Challenge yourself to practice sustainable efforts in your day-to-day activities. Take steps to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and more in an effort to minimize the amount of waste generated and resources used daily. http://www.zerowastechallenge.org/.