Earth Day For Kids
What is earth day? According to Wikipedia, Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In my opinion, every day is Earth Day! However, the official date is April 22nd.
The theme for 2013 is the Face of Climate Change. The Earth Day Network states that climate change has many faces. These faces are of people and animals that are affected every day by climate change. The number of faces grow daily. However, the faces of climate change grow daily too! Every person who helps fix the problem is a face of climate change!
Earth Day Activities
April 22nd is a day to celebrate the Earth. Let's throw on our recycled party hats and start this celebration.
- Breakfast- Earth egg (hard-boiled egg dyed in blue and green)
- Worm in dirt (gummy worm in oatmeal)
- Earth muffins (add blue and green dye to the mix)
- Read- I have listed three children's books to share with your children. I plan to read these early in the morning to give them background information about taking care of the Earth. After reading the stories, we will discuss new ideas that we want to incorporate into our daily lives as faces of climate change.
- Take a walk and clean up litter- Grab a trash bag, take a walk and pick up litter along the way. Discuss with your children why it is important to take care of our environment. How does it make them feel when they see trash on the ground during the walk? After you pick up all the trash, separate the plastic to recycle and the trash.
- Plant a tree/garden- Save money and gas by growing your own fruits and veggies.
- Write a letter- We plan to share our story showing how we are faces of climate change. If you would like to join us, below is an excerpt from the Earth Day Network:
Between now and Earth Day, we’ll collect and display images of people, animals, and places directly affected or threatened by climate change – as well as images of people stepping up to do something about it. We’ll tell the world their stories. But we need your help. We need you to be climate reporters. So, send us your pictures and stories that show The Face of Climate Change.
On and around Earth Day, an interactive digital display of all the images will be shown at thousands of events around the world, including next to federal government buildings in countries that produce the most carbon pollution. The display will also be made available online to anyone who wants to view or show it.Together, we’ll highlight the solutions and showcase the collective power of individuals taking action across the world. In doing so, we hope to inspire our leaders to act and inspire ourselves to redouble our efforts in the fight against climate change.
* Click here to share your story!
Host an Earth Day Party
I believe that children learn from what they experience. Spending a day immersed in activities taking care of our Earth and celebrating with an Earth Day party, should leave the children with a better understanding and motivation to become a face of climate change!
- Use reusable cups, plates and silverware. Discuss with the children why this is important. Where do the plastic cups, plates and plasticware go when we throw them in the trash?
- Decorations- Use old jars and cans as vases. Add flowers from the outdoors.
- Make crafts with recyclable materials.
- Play games with recyclable materials. Children will enjoy building a fort with old boxes. Stack old cans and use a ball to play bowling.
- Scavenger Hunt- Invite guests to find items in nature (acorns, pine cones, etc.) throughout the yard.
- Nature Hike- Walk and talk about the beauty of nature. What would happen if nobody cared for the Earth?
- Have guests bring toys or clothes to swap- Earth Day falls around the time the season changes. Instead of going out and buying new clothes, host a swap. Your child will be excited to have an item new to them!
- Have a contest where each guest writes a poem or song about taking care of the Earth- This is a fun way for us as parents to understand what our children are thinking about Earth Day.
As a parent, I want my children to grow up showing respect to the world around them. We will spend Earth Day discussing the importance of taking care of the world around us and developing a new "green" practice to implement daily!