Twenty Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Today, April 22nd is officially Earth Day.  Although we hear quite a bit referenced about Earth Day, the meaning of the day is something that for each of us may take on slightly different meaning.

How is Earth Day Defined?

According to Wikipedia, Earth Day is defined as “an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.”

What Does Earth Day Mean to You?

For some of us we may use the opportunity to teach our children about ways to protect the earth by recycling, reusing or repurposing.  Some of us may use our gardens to teach our children about sustainability.  Others may plant trees to honor the fact that we need the resources the Earth has been blessed with to continue to call the planet on which we live and love, home.

You may be a family without children or you may be single but there are so many ways we can honor and protect the earth on which we live on Earth Day.

Here are twenty simple ways you can use to teach your kids about Earth Day and have some fun too!

Twenty Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Activities To-Do

  1. Plant a tree.
  2. Take an outdoor scavenger hunt and have your children search for nature items.
  3. Unplug for the day and spend the day outdoors!
  4. Separate your garbage into two containers, one for recycling and one for trash.
  5. Take a walk and collect all the garbage along the way.
  6. Plant a vegetable garden (have the kids pick a few veggies they want to grow themselves!)
  7. Pick a number and find that many items in your house to donate to a local shelter or thrift store.
  8. Visit an animal sanctuary or local wildlife habitat.
  9. Take a nature hike and see how many different trees or flowers you can find.
  10. Take a rainbow tour and give your children the assignment to collect something from each color of the rainbow.

Crafts To-Do

  1. Paper Mache Light-Up Globes
  2. Recycled Paper At Home
  3. Upcycled Bottle Cap Art Project
  4. Paper Beads from recycled flyers
  5. Puffy Paint Earth
  6. Coffee Filter Globe
  7. Homemade Oatmeal Playadough
  8. Use your mismatched socks to create puppets
  9. Grab your pinecones you collected on your scavenger hunt and let your kids cover them in peanut butter and then roll in bird seed.  Hang from the tree and go bird watching!
  10. Use your old milk or juice cartons to create a birdhouse.

How Do You Celebrate Earth Day?

5 thoughts on “Twenty Ways to Celebrate Earth Day”

  1. Great round up of activities and crafts! We spent time working on our yard yesterday. The sun was out and we were soaking it up. Love this list, thank you!

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