Earth Day is a great holiday to celebrate with children. It’s essential to help children understand the importance of taking care of the environment and appreciating nature. Teaching children about the earth and how to reduce their carbon footprints will help create a sustainable future for generations to come!
Here are some Earth Day activities that are both educational and fun for children:
Pick up litter
Picking up litter is important to keep the environment clean and healthy. Litter can be hazardous to the environment, animals and people. It can get into waterways, harm wildlife and create an eyesore in your community. Plus, picking up litter is a great way to teach children to show pride in their community and take part in protecting the earth.
Planting something and watching it grow is such a rewarding and fun activity for kids. Planting trees, flowers and other vegetation helps to improve air quality, provide habitat for wildlife, reduce soil erosion and make the community more beautiful. Additionally, planting things on Earth Day is a great way to celebrate the planet and take an active role in preserving its resources.
Spend time outside
Spending time outside is important because it allows us to connect with nature and better understand how we can protect it. Going for hikes, walks, bike rides or just sitting outside can improve physical and mental health, reduce stress and help to clear the mind. Additionally, spending time outdoors is a wonderful way to connect with friends and family and get away from screens and technology.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt
A nature scavenger hunt is a fun and free way to engage with nature. It encourages children to notice the beauty and diversity of their local environment. It can also be used as an educational activity to teach children about the importance of protecting the natural environment and caring for the earth. A nature scavenger hunt can include items like finding a specific type of plant or animal, taking a picture of a natural landscape or gathering up a certain type of natural object. Just make sure to be respectful of any animal habitats along the way!
Build a birdhouse or bird feeder
Building a bird house or bird feeder is another way to show your appreciation and respect for nature. Bird houses and bird feeders are generally low-cost and fun DIY projects that will benefit your local bird population and provide them with shelter or food. This is an easy and affordable way to promote environmental stewardship and provide a safe haven for birds.
Spending time actively engaging with children is a great way to build stronger families and stronger communities. Whether you’re a childcare professional, parent or caregiver, we hope you are able to get out and spend some time enjoying nature this Earth Day.