Celebrating Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Crafts and Activities

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a time when we reflect on the importance of preserving our planet and nurturing a love for nature in the hearts of our youngest learners. To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’re excited to share some eco-friendly crafts and activities perfect for preschoolers.

Recycled Art

Let’s kick off our Earth Day celebration by turning trash into treasure! Gather materials such as cardboard tubes, old magazines, and scraps of paper, and encourage children to create their own masterpieces. Whether they’re making collages, sculptures, or homemade cards, this activity teaches valuable lessons about recycling and creativity.

Planting Seeds

What better way to honor Earth Day than by getting our hands dirty? Set up a planting station with biodegradable pots, soil, and seeds suitable for young gardeners. Whether you grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables, your little ones will be able to watch the beauty of nature and enjoy their hard work with the whole family.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Take learning outdoors with a nature scavenger hunt! Provide children with a list of items to find, such as leaves, rocks, or flowers, and let them explore their surroundings. This activity not only encourages observation skills but also deepens their appreciation for the natural world. You can find a spring scavenger hunt on our Instagram!

Upcycled Crafts

Transform everyday items into eco-friendly creations with upcycled crafts. From turning old jars into lanterns to repurposing plastic bottles into bird feeders, the possibilities are endless. Not only does this foster creativity, but it also reinforces the importance of reducing waste through sustainable practices.

Story Time with a Message

Gather the little ones for a special Earth Day storytime featuring books with environmental themes. Choose age-appropriate stories that highlight topics such as conservation, connecting with nature, and caring for the planet. Reading together sparks discussions and inspires young minds to become Earth advocates.

Sensory Play with Natural Materials

Engage the senses with sensory play using natural materials like sand, water, and seeds. Set up sensory bins filled with items such as dried beans, pinecones, and shells for tactile exploration. This hands-on experience connects children to the earth while encouraging imaginative play.

Make Every Day Earth Day

One day a year we take the time to celebrate the Earth and teach our children the importance of treating our planet right so that we can preserve it and keep it healthy for many years to come. But why do we only do this one day a year? We live on this earth 365 days a year so why do we not do more to protect the Earth and teach our children how to take care of it. If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate Earth day with your children even after all of the Earth day celebrations we have a few ideas for you thanks to Natural Child Magazine!

  1. Plant a tree! Plant a tree in your backyard or see if you can plant one at your local park! Not only is planting a tree and watching it grow a great experience for a child, but trees provide a home to wild life and reduce greenhouse gas emissions!
  2. Craft with nature! There are a lot of fun ways to incorporate nature or recycling into your arts and craft time! Whether it’s making a bird feeder out of pinecones or using recycled plastic and paper into a collage, you can help the environment by making art with your little ones!
  3. Start a garden! Planting a garden with your children is not only beneficial to the environment but beneficial to their development as well. Whether it’s a full vegetable garden in your backyard or a few plants on your window sill, growing a garden will be great for you, your little ones, and the Earth!
  4. Go natural! There are a lot of recipes out there for all natural household cleaners! Not only will you help the environment by reducing the use of plastic containers and harsh chemicals, but you won’t have to worry about your children helping you clean! Let your little ones have fun spraying the windows and tables without worrying about their health or the impact on the environment!
  5. Take a hike! A great activity to do with older children is to go for a hike! If you have younger ones try going for a walk around a park or visiting a local nature preserve!
  6. Clean up! Whether it is at your local beach, park, or school, pick up litter! Next time you go to the park with your children bring a plastic bag and together you can pick up any trash you see along the way!
  7. Earth Day party! This is fun to do on Earth Day or even randomly throughout the year, have a barbecue or dinner that is all natural! Do your best to use all organic food and no paper or Styrofoam!
  8. Go camping! A great way to get in touch with nature is to camp! If you have children that are too young to camp overnight in the woods, camping in your backyard can still be just as fun!
  9. Unplug! Try to spend as much of the day as possible without using any electricity! Use candles when it gets late and try not to use any electronic devices. Spend time with your children unplugged by playing board games, reading books, or playing outside!
  10. Cherish the Earth everyday! Make an effort to do one good thing for the earth every single day!

Let us know if you plan on trying any of these ideas or if you and your family have any ways that you help keep our Earth clean throughout the year! Click the share button on the side of the blog to remind your friends and family about how they can help keep our home clean and happy!

Earth Day Education for Children

When a child is born, parents make sure that they are provided with a healthy and clean environment. Babies are cleaned with the bubbles of baby-safe shampoo, massaged with baby lotion that keeps the skin soft, and showered love and attention that builds personality. The environment that we surround our babies with is neat, clean and well-maintained for a reason: a healthy, happy environment can help ensure a healthy, happy life.

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