What can be better for kids than to be able to grow something that they planted themselves? What are the good plants to grow with kids? Preschool Powohl Packets recommends 5 excellent plants to grow with kids. We personally had best luck with cherry tomatoes and herbs, such as oregano and mint.
2. Get Out into NatureAnother way to celebrate the Earth Day is simply to get out into nature and focus on the beauty of the world around us. This picture was taken during February weekend hike when our spring flowers were in bloom. Kids enjoyed a scavenger hunt searching for flowers described in the park pamphlet.
3. Plant Trees or Flowers in Your Community
build their own mud bricks and see how they can strengthen them – it’s a fun STEM activity to do for Earth Day.
5. Recycle and ReduceWe always try to involve our daughter in our decluttering and recycling efforts. Honestly, we have WAYS to go here, but we are taking baby steps to becoming minimalists. It’s easier for me to part with things than for my husband, but we are trying to teach our daughter to donate what can be used by someone else and recycle not only obvious waste, but also things like old batteries and electronic devices. And, of course, we keep an “inventor box” in the garage with bits and bobs that can be used in different projects – various containers, egg cartons, fabric scraps, etc.
You can turn trash into treasure by upcycling items from your trash bin into pretty crafts or DIY toys. Need ideas? Check out 34 Recyclables to Upcycle for Kids from Hands-On: as We Grow.
7. Craft with Natural Materials
It’s so much fun to transform things from nature into objects of art. Did your kids ever make a real flower wreath or a “magic wand”?
8. Feed Birds
Welcome birds into your backyards with a DIY bird house – Smarty helped her Dad to build ours. Or, if carpentry is not your strength, try one of 32 easy homemade bird feeder ideas from Happy Hooligans.
9. Explore Critters Around You
My daughter always loved to discover and observe small critters in our backyard – squirrels, snails, ladybugs. The only neighbors she cannot stand are spiders. Kids can explore insects on their own with a magnifying glass or you can couple this hands-on discovery with excellent activities from Insects Unit Study from Gift of Curiosity.
I cannot think of leaving this list of ideas without recommending some books about Earth Day and caring about our planet. Reading about Earth Day would be a good way to start or end this day. Check out this list of Earth Day books from The Educators’ Spin On It.
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