Earth Day is a wonderful time to introduce your kids to sustainable living. If you’re looking for ways to make it fun and informative, check out these 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids!
This year, Earth Day lands on Sunday, April 22. Since our girls aren’t in school, I like to come up with fun ways to teach them about sustainability, nature and what being green really means.
I wrote about ideas to teach your kids about sustainable living over at the Dr. Greene Perspectives Blog. These ideas surely apply to celebrating Earth Day with your children!
Here are 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day for Kids:
1. Shut off the Electricity
On Earth Day, we’re going to try our best not to use electricity. I want to spend as much time outside and as little time in front of the TV and computer being active and enjoying the earth! We like to go hiking or volunteer for community clean up events.
2. Cook with Nature’s Help
We have a Sun Oven, and I think Earth Day would be the perfect day to break it out again. Maybe we’ll make a casserole or roast a chicken! We typically set it up in the morning and let it cook all day long. Then the kids and I can head to the park and have a picnic, weather permitting.
3. Visit Your Local Nature Center
Since we live in a National Forest near a lake, we have a nature center that offers hikes, story time and other educational activities for families. Look into what is happening in your community.
4. Plant Some Seeds
In many areas, the end of April is probably a good time to get started planting. In our area, it’s typically recommended to plant the weekend after Mother’s Day – although last year we got snow the last weekend of June! You can also start your seeds indoors and then move them outside once the cold weather has passed. Then the kids can start a Gardening Journal as a fun Earth Day activity for kids.
5. Re-Grow Food Scraps
A fun activity to teach kids about using everything they can is re-growing food scraps. You can re-grow all sorts of veggies and herbs. Our favorite is to re-grow green onions. We also like to plant our sprouted onions in our garden to get new onions!
6. Get Crafty
If you’re usually parked in front of the TV or computer, Earth Day is a great day to break out some eco-friendly crafts. You could upcycle egg cartons into flowers. If you have any prescription bottles around, you can make first aid kits.
We have lots of pinecones around our house, so we may make pinecone bird feeders or we may make some peanut butter free bird feeders. The girls love watching the birds, and more and more have been out recently.
7. Celebrate with The Lorax
Pick up a copy of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This book teaches children how important trees are for our health and survival. Zoë is always telling me that we need trees to breathe! If you’re going to watch any movies today, watch The Lorax.
There are so many ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids. Pick out a few ideas to share with them and see which ones resonate with them the most!