Even though Earth Day isn’t as popular as other holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, it is just as prominent as our major observed holidays. Earth Day celebrates the planet Earth and emphasizes the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. Children can learn how to recycle, clean up litter, and explore nature at a young age! Earth Day, unlike other holidays, isn’t as capitalistic and based on the consumption of sweets and food, so it is absolutely free for parents and kids to observe. This is a great holiday to celebrate with kids where you can just enjoy the great outdoors! Read on to see all the ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids:
Explore Green Space
If you have a backyard with lush green grass, this is the perfect place for your children to explore outdoors. When I grew up, we had a backyard that had shrubs, tufts of grass, and bugs, such as ants, ladybugs, butterflies, and snails so it was fun to look around and just explore nature. Let your child wear something that they can get dirty in and get messy in the dirt and grass! If you do not have a backyard, then you can find a local or state park with lots of grass to take your child so that they can just run around and get all of their energy out. The best part is that you can lay down a picnic blanket and just get some time to relax while your little one has some fun! You can even make it a picnic by putting out some yummy treats for your little one to munch on after they finish running around.
Earth Day Storytime
Storytime is a great way to teach kids about new things. Take storytime a notch up by hosting it in the comfort of your backyard. This way, your children can be surrounded by nature while you read them stories about the planet Earth. Some great books about Earth Day include It’s Earth Day! (featuring Little Critter), Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration, and The EARTH Book. These books feature some of your kids’ favorite characters and teach them about how to take care of the Earth. These books can also remind them that Earth Day is every day and that they must continue to take care of the Earth on a daily basis.
Earth Day Arts and Crafts
Earth Day is a great day to do arts and crafts because there are many beautiful creations that you can make with your children to replicate nature! My son loves doing paper plate crafts because they are easy but also super fun, and luckily Pinterest has some great Earth Day Paper Plate Crafts that you can do with toddlers and preschoolers. If you have kids who are slightly older, I Heart Crafty Things has many Earth Day crafts that you can make using recycled materials. If you have a baby, you can do a simple handprint craft. All you need is their handprint to make a perfect memory for Earth Day.
Sing Earth Day Songs and Rhymes
Kids love music. And one of the best ways that kids can learn about issues such as the environment is by listening to songs that can teach them in a child-friendly way. The Kiboomers has a song for Earth Day called Reuse, Reduce, Recycle that teaches kids how to be more sustainable. The Mother Goose Club has several Earth Day-related songs, including Earth Is Our Home, Eight Planets, and The Planting Song. Have older children at home? Michael Jackson’s Earth Song is a powerful song that would definitely strike a cord.
Watch Nature Cat and other Earth Day-related shows
Do you want your toddler and preschooler to watch a wholesome show for the celebration of Earth Day? Nature Cat is a great wholesome choice that streams on the educational channel PBS Kids. Even if you don’t have cable, you can stream episodes through the free PBS Kids Video app. Rainbow Rangers is another great show that focuses on a group of girls who have magical powers that they use to save the environment. Your kids can catch this show on Nick Jr. Do you have older kids who like retro 80’s cartoons? Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an 80’s cartoon classic that people still remember today!
Watch The Lorax and other Earth Day-related movies
The Lorax is a movie adaption based on the Dr. Seuss character who fought for the environment. This makes it a perfect choice for movie night for Earth Day, not like you need much of an excuse! Keep your kids occupied for two hours with Earth Day Movie Night! The best part is that you don’t have to purchase DVDs or deal with any expensive rentals through On Demand. The Lorax is available to stream with a Netflix subscription. If you have a Disney+ subscription, you can also catch Disney Nature movies on the streaming app, such as Disney Nature African Cats, Disney Nature Penguins, and Disney Nature Bears.
Create Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials
The good thing about musical instruments is that they can be made from almost any household item. You can make a maraca from a recycled plastic bottle and rice or beans or make drums from empty oatmeal containers. Artsy Craftsy Mom has a compilation of ways that you can make instruments out of common household items. After making the crafts together, you guys can make sweet music together. Just a warning, the house is going to a bit louder than usual from the sound of these homemade instruments!
Earth Day Yoga and Meditation
One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is by doing yoga and meditation. Yoga helps you to exercise to become more flexible while mediation helps you to gain more emotional clarity. Especially when you do yoga and meditation outdoors, you can become more grounded and connected to the planet Earth. Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great YouTube channel to help even the youngest of kids get moving. Her YouTube channel is particularly successful because she implements topics that young children love, such as nursery rhymes, animals, Disney, and Spiderman. You can also look up Mommy and Me Yoga videos on YouTube to find more poses that you can do with your young children.
Use Your Green Thumb
If you have a backyard and you didn’t create your own garden, now is the time for you to start planting! Look for some seeds to plant with your children so that you can plant your own flowers or vegetables together as a family. This will not only teach your children how to care for nature. It will also teach your children the responsibility to maintain their garden and to water the plants so that they can grow beautiful flowers and delicious veggies! If you do not have a backyard, you can channel class projects and plant a seed with soil in a plastic cup. When the plant gets too big for the plastic cup, you can transplant it somewhere else. Your kids can also plant a tree in their neighborhood or at the local park!
I hope that you enjoyed reading about all of the ways that you can celebrate Earth Day with your children! How do you like celebrating Earth Day with kids? Comment below!
Talk to you next time!