Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22nd! Do you know how you’re going to celebrate this amazing planet? Celebrating Earth Day provides parents with the perfect opportunity to teach children about the importance of keeping our Earth clean and preserving its natural resources. Even at a young age, children can understand these important concepts and be a part of keeping the Earth and the environment healthy! Here are 5 Earth Day activities for kids that can make a difference year-round!
- Go on a trash hunt! Put a spin on picking up trash to make it more fun for your little ones. Grab a pair of gloves and some trash bags and head to a local park, beach, nature preserve, or school, and pick up trash for a few hours. Take time to explain to your child that trash can make animals sick and the importance of keeping the Earth clean.
- Plant a tree. Not only do trees release oxygen (which means we have more clean air to breathe), they also provide food, and shelter for many species. It’s important that children understand there are many ways they can help nurture the environment well beyond today.
- DIY Birdfeeder. Not only will your child have the opportunity to get to know the birds that are native to your area, they’ll also be helping to provide them with food and nourishment when food may be scarce! Already have a feeder? Here’s a yummy DIY bird food recipe.
- Go on a field trip to a local recycling center to sort and separate recyclables and teach your child about the importance of recycling.
- Create a family plan. Sit down and make a plan to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help keep the earth happy and healthy year-round. Think of things like turning the water off when you brush your teeth, remembering to turn off lights when you leave a room, recycling all items appropriately, and so much more. By creating a plan together, you’re more likely to stick to it and hold each other accountable.
It’s important to explain to your child what Earth Day represents and the little ways you can make a difference as a family year-round. Remember, little steps do make a very BIG change! Start by taking these actions to be part of making earth a healthier planet.