Earth day is April 22nd - and it's coming fast! Earth Day is a great opportunity to celebrate with your children and educate them about how we can each do our part to take care of the planet.
Each of these activities are doable and fun - so you won't be overwhelmed making the holiday over-the-top. They're just little things you can do with your kids to learn, help, and have fun in the process. Check them out below!
1. Start a Garden
Not only is starting a garden a great way to celebrate the earth and teach your kids about nature, but it's the perfect time of year to start one anyway! Gardens don't need to be complicated. Involve your kids, pick produce that is doable for you and your family, and get outdoors - it's that simple. Follow this guide for tips on gardening with kids!
2. Make a Bird Feeder
Making a bird feeder for your backyard is a great way to observe and celebrate nature with your little ones. There are tons of ideas to choose from, and they each use household items you already have lying around. Bonus points if you use recycled materials! Check out some homemade bird feeder ideas here.
3. Start Composting
Composting is so easy to start doing, and it's an active way you can take care of the environment right in your home. Follow this guide on how to start. Composting is also a great teaching opportunity for your kids - talk about how composting works, why it's beneficial, and how it helps the environment.
4. Pick Up Trash at Your Local Park
Want to get outside and soak up some sunshine? Take a walk to your local park with a trash bag, and start picking up garbage. Your kids will have fun hunting for trash, and seeing the progress of a cleaner neighborhood park afterwards is rewarding.
5. Do a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Create a quick list of nature items for your children to find (like a pinecone, feather, dandelion, etc.) Then take a walk around your neighborhood in search of everything on the list! You can even offer a prize if they complete the hunt. Talk about each piece of nature they find, and how it contributes to the ecosystem.
6. Family Bike Ride
Celebrating Earth Day can be as simple as getting outside and enjoying some sunshine. Take your family on a bike ride! Whether it's around your neighborhood or at a nature-packed trail, your kids will be able to get outside and enjoy the earth - and after a long winter, we could all use some fresh air.
7. Plant a Tree
Sure, it's a cliche way of celebrating Earth Day - but it's still fun, educational, and impactful. Plant a tree with your kids and talk with them about how important trees are to our environment. Involve your kids directly; they can help dig a hole, water the seed (or sapling), or even name the tree!
8. Make Nature Art
Nature art is simple and so fun, especially if you have younger kiddos. Your kids might not be able to grasp concepts like "sustainability" just yet, but they can enjoy and celebrate nature with you! Grab some leaves, flowers, rocks, and grass from outside and pair it with glue, paint, and tape to make magical nature collages with your kids.
9. Have a Picnic
You're a busy mama, and sometimes you can't have an *extra* celebration for each holiday. But you can eat lunch in your backyard! Get outside, soak up the sunshine, and start a conversation about Earth Day with your kids. It's as simple as that.
10. Make Nature Bracelets
My mom used to do this with us each summer, and we loved it as kids! Take scotch tape and make a loop around your child's wrist with the sticky side facing outward. Then send them outside with the mission to collect any piece of nature they admire. They'll be able to stick grass, flowers, leaves, and even dirt to their little tape bracelets, each exactly how they like them.
11. Get Crafty with Stuff from Your Recycling Bin
All those paper towel rolls, berry cartons, and egg cartons lying in your recycling bin? They are perfect for crafts with your kids! With a little bit of scotch tape and a lot of imagination, you can build "pets," robots, and even doll houses with your kids. This activity is fun, will fill the entire afternoon, and is completely free. Mom win!
12. Watch The Lorax
The Lorax is a great movie to start teaching your kids about protecting our environment, and it shares a serious message in a playful, captivating way your kids will love. Plus, it's just a great movie - so it's fun for the whole family to watch. Make sure to discuss any questions your kids have about taking care of our earth afterwards!
13. Talk About Taking Care of the Earth with Your Kids!
I know we've threaded this theme throughout the other ideas, but celebrating Earth Day really boils down to taking intentional time to discuss with your kids what is most important! They might not be at an age when they can fully understand, but you can still lead an example of conscious, thoughtful effort. Don't be afraid to talk about the deeper stuff like this with your little ones!
We wish all you mamas an amazing Earth Day - you are doing incredible. Hope these ideas help!
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