Ways to celebrate the planet from home
Earth Day will be here soon (April 22), and it’s time to celebrate the planet. But for many, the ongoing pandemic means that in-person group activities may not be practical or even possible. So while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’ll celebrate the very first Digital Earth Day too. Here are a few fun “close to home” activities you can do individually or with your children to honor our amazing Earth.
- 1. Go for a nature walk and collect items you find outdoors to create a nature fairy house or biodegradable dreamcatcher.
- 2. Help save the pollinators by making a mason bee house or bug hotel.
- 3. If you have clay soil, you can make your own seed bombs to bring color to your yard.
- 4. If the weather is nice, enjoy an environmentally friendly picnic on your lawn. If not, try an indoor picnic with these ideas from EssentialKids.com.au.
- 5. Learn about different environmental issues in your area, like air quality, insect populations and plastic pollution using the Earth Challenge 2020 app. You can capture research-quality environmental data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. Plus you’ll get access to teaching materials and toolkits you can use with your children.
- 6. Create something fresh and new from materials in your recycling bin.
- 7. Help children create fun Earth Day posters, like this one from TeachersPayTeachers.com.
- 8. Learn about marine life while watching the Georgia Aquarium’s beluga whale webcam.
- 9. Find lots more resources to help you celebrate Earth Day safely at home on Pinterest.
Earth Day began in 1970, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded it after a devastating oil spill off the California coast. At the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans, or 10% of the country’s population at that time, participated in events related to environmental science. Today Earth Day is recognized in more than 193 countries.
- Earth Day: Digital Earth Day
- Earth Day: Join Earth Day Challenge 2020
- Red Ted Art: Fairy Houses Nature Craft
- Red Ted Art: Simple Bug Hotel for Kids
- Turning Back the Clock: DIY Mason Bee House
- Norwex Movement: How to Make Your Next Picnic More Eco-Friendly
- Wildlife Trusts: How to Make Seed Bombs
- Essential Kids: Indoor Picnic
- We Are Teachers: 30 Earth Day Crafts and Activities Using Recycled Materials
- Teachers Pay Teachers: Earth Day Posters Freebie
- Pinterest: Celebrate Earth Day
- Georgia Aquarium: Beluga Whale Webcam
- Kids Chaos: Make a Natural Biodedegradeable Dream Catcher/a>