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Backyard Fun: Nature projects for kids and families

Updated on June 20, 2014

Every day is Earth Day with these backyard projects

Kids are eager for outdoor activities, Spring is in full swing and summer draws near. Many adults have already waded deep into their spring gardening and lawn care projects. Twitter and Facebook is littered with descriptions of refrigerators full of ladybugs awaiting their release into gardens. Butterfly habitat plans are discussed and are in the works. Camping trips are planned, garden pots are cleaned, and butterfly-attracting flowers are featured in garden centers across the country. Everyone is eager to embrace the season when the Earth awakes from its winter sleep. Now is as good a time as any to make Earth Day every day.

Fire-Bellied Toads, Earth Day, and Habitats

Providing ideas for wildlife habitats that adults and kids can create is part of what this article is all about. You'll find information about Earth Day, Instructions on how to make an ant farm, a ladybug habitat, a butterfly garden and more. Interested in fire-belly toads? Scroll down and you'll find tips, information, and even instructions on how to create a fire-belly toad habitat. You can even play the Earth Day Spinner game.

Celebrate Earth Day now!

Spring is a terrific time to celebrate Earth Day and a wonderful occasion to introduce or reacquaint yourself and others to the joys of the garden and the world of nature. Check back often as I update this page throughout the year. Now, read on.

What do you think about making every day Earth Day?

Earth Day has been around since 1970. The annual event has grown over the years and is now an integral part of annual classroom activities. Do you set aside time or money each to participate in the annual event or do you just treat the day as any other day?

Do you participate in Earth Day?

Sure. What's the harm?

Sure. What's the harm?

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    • cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Every day!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Every day is Earth Day!

    • KittySmith 5 years ago

      Too bad many people only think of doing good this for Earth on one day a year.

    • justDawn1 5 years ago

      Love Earth Day! :)

    • HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Me and my wife are planting a tree again this year.

    • MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      Yep, I spend the whole day outside, either going to the mountains or enjoying the tulip festival. Plant a new flower in my garden.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      nature is on the run in 2012

    • norma-holt 5 years ago

      Yes, my contribution is all over the web.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. Take a nature hike with friends. :-)

    • Eleanore09 5 years ago

      I usuly go for a bike ride:)

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    • Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Usually do something outdoors.

    • KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      We haven't participated in Earth Day for quite a few years. Perhaps it's time to pick up the tradition this year!

    • jwcooney 5 years ago

      Earth day is a great idea and a good way to get the word out about helping the Earth!

    • MyChristmasGifts 5 years ago

      I think it is not possible to do too much to encourage people towards a more green lifestyle

    • MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Yes-Earth Day is a wonderful tool to get the word out-the earth needs our help!

    • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I think it's important to do something meaningful to celebrate Earth Day every day. That is my focus... to live a sustainable lifestyle.

    • JJ37 5 years ago

      Yes! (but we try to make every day an Earth day!)

    No way, it's just another gimmick.

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      Earth Day Everyday Tips - Ways to add to environmental projects for kids

      Today's culture and lifestyle make it all the more important to get in touch with nature. You don't have to go far to connect, either. Open the back door and step outside. Wildlife awaits. As you think about ways that you might participate in this year's Earth Day, here are a few tips.

      1. A habitat is a quick, easy way to get up front and personal with nature. Make sure your habitat provides, food, shelter, water, and a nursery area for the wildlife to survive..
      2. To expand a habitat, you can add a garden, wetland, and/or a nesting box to the habitat.
      3. Add signs to help you identify special plants, trees, or other items.
      4. If the habitat area is large enough, you can add a trail or pathway.
      5. Share the project with friends, make it a cooperative effort.
      6. Start a journal from the day you begin to keep track of your plans, the things you do, and what you might do in the future.
      7. Be sure you take photos and even do some videos as you do your project. You'll be glad you did later.
      8. See if there is a way you can add recycling to the project.
      9. Take time to enjoy being in the backyard and get to know the animals and wildlife right outside your back door. .

      Wonder what goes on underground when you plant a seed? - Watch seeds germinate, root, and grow

      Educational Insights Sprout & Grow Window
      Educational Insights Sprout & Grow Window

      Great nature activity for anyone that is curious about how things grow. Wonderful Earth day project, too.


      Earth Day is all about supporting the planet, so why not think of one way that you can do that on April 22, 2012. As Earth Day approaches, there will be more and more media asking for money, offering ideas, suggesting ways to celebrate the day. It's up to you to decide how you want to participate.

      Some people prefer to do something by themselves while others are eager to join in on a group effort. Check with any local environmental group or even the local zoo or nature park and you'll find many opportunities. But maybe you don't want to go anywhere. Maybe you'd rather stay home or even focus on a simple family project.

      Creating a habitat is a terrific way to do just that. You'll find a variety of habitats listed here and links and resources to help get your started. Have fun!

      • Photo credit: By[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy...

      Watch what happens when your child opens up this kit. I bought this for one of my grandson's and he was up at 7:30 am and ready to explore. Loved it. And he doesn't even like bugs. :)

      Habitat Videos

      Earth Day Activities for Every Day

      How to Make a Butterfly Garden and Backyard Habitat: Life Around Home With William Moss - More green projects for kids

      Life around home's William Moss shows us how to make a butterfly garden and create a backyard habitat with nectar rich plants. This is a great way to invite beneficial and beautiful creatures like butterflies and even hummingbirds. William gets the children involved in the garden, planting flowers that will attract butterflies like aster, lobelia, cardinal and cone flowers. The children learn how to get in the plants in the ground and even find a giant earth worm! Subscribe to our channel for more great green living tips!

      Earth Day 2012

      Backyard Wildlife Habitat - More Earth Day project ideas

      Basic information about creating a backyard wildlife habitat / bird sanctuary to enjoy birds and wildlife your own home.

      How To Create A Turtle Habitat

      Learn how a Roswell, New Mexico gardener created a turtle habitat in her backyard.

      From the Southwest Yard & Garden series.

      Fire-Bellied Toad: Helpful Tips and Information - Fire-bellied Toads

      From the Video Creator: Nature habitat: Fire-Bellied Toads need both water and land to survive. Adding plants is important to them because they like to hide from the light once in a while. My Tank is 90% water 10%0 land

      I feed them medium size crickets once every 2 days. Feeding them everyday is really up to the owner of the pet. I do this because I don't want them to starve when I go out of town and can't feed them. They will not touch a dead insect. It has to be moving in order for them to tract there attention. Don't treat them like babies because they will get use to that.

      My tank is 20Gallons long, with only 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water in it. A filter is very important if you're making a small pond in your tank.

      If you live in a cold place make sure to buy a heater.

      Make the toads believe they are in a tropical forest. Like dogs and cats they like to listen to tropical forest sounds and waterfalls. They sit still together when they're listening. At night turn the lights down to have a little bit of darkness.

      Have you done anything for past Earth Days? Do you have some favorite activities you think would be perfect for Earth Day? Maybe you have some suggestions for this year. What about your favorite everyday outdoor nature activities? Share them here.

      Share Your Earth Day and Outdoor Nature Plans, Activities and/or Suggestions

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          'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

          @anonymous: Thanks, Tipi, and thanks for sharing your story about your Grandpa and the butterflies. :)

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          cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

          Seeds + dirt + water + sunshine = delightful to see

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          When I had a yard, I made friends with the butterflies. My Grandpa went all out and made a huge wildlife pond on his property....make a habitat and they will come! Congratulations on being chosen for the Best of Squidoo 2012 Earth Day Monster Board for this gem!...*

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          Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

          Congratulations on Making the Best of Squidoo 2012 Earth Day Lenses. Blessed!

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          A turtle habitat. I have always wanted to have one.

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          Deadicated LM 5 years ago

          Happy Earth Day; I'll be heading down to Central Park to get some grass under my feet.

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          themeanviolets 5 years ago

          just another day in paradise for me. I believe in living the lifestyle of caring for our planet daily. Of course nobody is perfect. :-) I will spend the day outdoors. Perhaps I may plant something new!

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          Mahadihbk 5 years ago

          i am going to beach

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Going to take a walk by the beach! Great ideas on this lens!

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          MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

          visit mount rainier, the views are spectacular

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          enjoy nature all weekend

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          norma-holt 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens and nicely done. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Earthday and what is wrong with our planet earth. Hugs.

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          Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

          Wonderful Earth Day lens!

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          Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          Stopping by to wish you a Happy Earth Day. You have a bunch of great ideas for celebrating Earth Day here.

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          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          Planting and city wide clean up is usually what we do around Earth Day. It's a good way to get people to recycle all that stuff piled up in the yard.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Happy Earth Day. Thank you for a great lens.

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          KateHonebrink 5 years ago

          Thanks for all the super ideas for celebrating Earth Day and every day! Great job on an interesting topic!

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          earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Great Lense, thanks for all the information. Many Blessings



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          jwcooney 5 years ago

          Great Earth day lens!

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          MyChristmasGifts 5 years ago

          We are simply going to spend the day doing nothing that is not earth friendly as we are not in a position or health to do more, but to us every day is Earth Day as we do as much as possible every day.

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          Chris Tyler 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida.

          Outstanding Earth Day Lens!

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          Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Great Earth Day lens.

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          WhiteOak50 5 years ago

          Just letting you that I have featured this page on my: Earth Day Everyday page and leaving you with a *Blessing*

        Art Activities for Kids

        How to make a green environment spinner game - Earth Day game and idea for kids

        Thank you for reading this page and, if you participated, for offering your opinions and ideas. This page will continue to evolve, so please plan to return.

        Earth Day wil be here soon. Want to nominate this lens for Lens of the Day? Click here:

        Backyard Fun: Earth Day Projects for Kids

        Tell Me What You Think: Comments and Suggestions - I love to hear from my readers

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            Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

            I'm sending a link to this page to my sister who has a 5 year old. He's already very keen on animals and nature in general - on walks he advises you to stroke he moss to see how velvety it is. I'm sure he'll be love this page.

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            cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

            Thanks for an enjoyable learning experience!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Wonderful ideas!

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            justDawn1 5 years ago

            Great lens! Thanks for all your hard work :)

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Excellent Earth Day lens. Many good ideas.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Great ideas for Earth Day

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            more bat stuff

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            Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

            Lots of really good ideas for ways to experience Earth Day. Hopefully these exercises will be for life. Great!

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            MyChristmasGifts 5 years ago

            Thanks for the many good ideas. We personally love making compost with everything organic.

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            Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

            Some great activities here to involve children in nature activities. Very important!

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            MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

            Wonderful Earth Day lens - love the green projects to do with the kids :>)

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            Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

            Really great ideas for celebrating Earth Day. I'm glad to know about the Chimpanzee film opportunity. I so admire the work of Jane Goodall and would love to be at one of the movie openings (to support the work of her foundation). Thank you for spreading awareness. Appreciated!

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            JJ37 5 years ago

            Great information and project suggestions for Earth Day! I would love to have you visit two of my lenses for we share a love of nature: Create a Backyard Habitat - a Hobby for the Whole Family and Nature and Earth-Friendly Books for All Ages Take care!

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