Earth Day is the day we celebrate the great world around us. Our Earth sustains us and feeds us. It is our home, the place where our children will live and grow. To celebrate Earth day, it is a wonderful idea to plan some activities for the whole family. Here are five fun Earth Day activities the entire family can enjoy.
Take a Field Trip to Your Local Florist
As flowers are all around us, there is much your children can learn about them and their role in producing a healthy living environment. There is no better way to expose them to a multitude of flowers than taking them to your local florist. Contact your florist and see if they are willing to spare an hour of their time discussing the variety of flowers. Here, your child can learn:
- The various types of flowers grown locally
- The difference between perennials, annuals, and biennials
- Flowers butterflies prefer
- Succulents versus non-succulent plants
- The job of a florist
- The various creatures that live in flowers
- Compare how different flowers grow
Make sure your child has the opportunity to pick out their favorite flower and bring home to care for on their own.
Swap Plants with Others in the Community
This project is a great way to expand your current garden. Find other like-minded gardeners (friends, neighbors, and friends from school) and swap out some of your favorite plants. This could be an entire potted plant or a plant cutting. This is an inexpensive option to add variety to your garden and children can learn why some prefer the flowers that they grow.
Create a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are wonderful creatures. They show children the power of transformation and resilience. You can make a butterfly garden in your own backyard. Just plant the flowers that local butterflies enjoy. You can also just add a butterfly feeder in your current garden. Teach your kids how plant life helps keep the butterfly life cycle afloat.
Clean Up Your Local Park
Children love taking trips to the park to play or have a picnic. Your child may be too young to understand that it takes an entire community to keep the park beautiful, clean, and safe for them to play in. Many communities will have Earth Day activities that center around arranging for a clean-up day at the park. Take your little ones to the park with other close friends and family members. This is also the perfect opportunity for teens to earn community service hours.
Art with Recyclable Materials
Art is a great way to pull people together and have some fun. If you have some old milk cartons, you can use markers to turn them into buildings. Just color in some windows and doors, and you have a wonderful landscape to play with toy cars.
If mom and dad drink wine with dinner, collect the corks and cut them in a few pieces. Then you can color or paint the corks, attach them to a ring and display them on your key ring. A few other recyclable craft ideas include:
- Using old toothbrushes to paint
- Decorate their bedroom or create space ships with aluminum foil
- Make candy poppers with toilet tissue rolls
- Make coasters or Tic-Tac-Toe games out of bottle caps
- Use egg cartons to organize junk drawers or create a sewing kit
These art lessons doubles as fun family activities and lessons in recycling.
Although you could always do the traditional thing and plant a tree, there are more ideas that will appeal to your family. The above activities will give you and your family the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day with the most important people on earth – each other!
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