Earth Day, April 22nd, is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy some Earth related crafts and activities with your kids.
With our busy lives of juggling 2, soon to be 3, kids, keeping up with the house, and maintaining healthy relationships it’s nice to have a day where we can focus on teaching our kids about why it’s important to take care of the Earth and how to do it.
We start off by talking about why it’s important to take care of the Earth and what can happen if we don’t. Then we talk about all the ways we do our part in maintaining a healthy environment, recycling, donating unwanted clothes and items, monitoring water and electricity use, using reusable water bottles, etc.
We end the conversation with the different areas we need to work on, kids turning off lights when they leave a room, using reusable shopping bags, reducing single or non-recyclable buying options.
After our lesson we do Earth related crafts. All of these crafts are done with many items you have around your house and yard. This helps teach your kids to be creative and shows them how ordinary everyday objects can be repurposed to make a fun craft or activity.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Creamy Peanut Butter
String (18 inches in Length)
Plastic Butter Knife or Small Silicone Spatula
Step 1: Pour some bird seed in your paper plate and spread it around so it is even across the entire plate.
Step 2: Use your butter knife or spatula and spread some peanut butter across the entire toilet paper roll.
Step 3: Once your toilet paper roll is covered in peanut butter roll it in your plate of bird seed so the whole things gets fully covered.
Step 4: Take your string and slip it through the toilet paper roll then tie the ends together.
Step 5: Once the bird feeder is complete let your kids pick a place outside and help them hang it up! Make sure and check back regularly to see if you spot any birds feeding off of it.
Earth Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Printable
Crayon or Pencil
Step 1: Download and print the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt printable below.
Step 2: Take your kids in your backyard or to a local park and let them search for all the items on the scavenger hunt. Once they find an item on the list have them collect it and put it in their bag.
Step 3: Once the kids have finished finding everything on their list you can have them compare their items with each other.
Black or Silver Sharpie
10 Rocks (Smooth Pond Rocks Preferred)
Step 1: Collect small sticks and rocks.
Step 2: With your Sharpie draw X’s on 5 rocks and O’s on the other 5.
Step 3: With the small sticks create a tic-tac-toe board.
Step 4: Play tic-tac-toe and enjoy!
Step 1: Collect Earth supplies like rocks, flowers, grass, sticks, dirt, and leaves.
Step 2: With your glue write out 1 letter of the word EARTH at a time then have your kids use the Earth supplies to form each letter. Make sure you let the page fully dry before hanging it up.
Feel free to teach your kids about the earth while doing each of these activites. You can teach them what rocks are made of, why dirt is important for plants, how flowers grow, why leaves fall off trees, how birds can eat seeds or anything else related to the Earth. This can be a fun yet educational time of Earth crafts and activities.