Below is a list of some easy, but fun ways to celebrate this day. Most of these activities can be done without leaving your home! Perfect during quarantine.
1. Go on a nature walk and collect things from nature to make a collage
Last summer I read, Where the Crawdads Sing and I was captivated by Kya's love of nature and exploring. I imagine her little shack of a home was quite a spectacular piece of art considering her collection of all the unique things she found in her exploration. If you haven't read the book, it is a must read! I think we have to remind our children that nature is a gift for us to explore and study. Today, I am going to take Tripp for a walk in our yard, around our neighborhood, and around the golf course. I think we will also go to a little park in our neighborhood where there is a little beach area to explore the water. I am going to remind him to look for the small things and look for details. We are going to collect anything cool that we see and we are going to make a collage out of it on posterboard. I will keep you updated on how this goes! But what a great way to explore the gift of the Earth on this Earth Day?
2. Go on a walk around the neighborhood and collect flowers for a bouquet
We did this last week and I so enjoy clipping little flowers from trees. I hope my neighbors didn’t mind, LOL. I would be flattered if some one took a stem from my yard! I turned it into a centerpiece for my mantel. I am planning on doing it again this week. When you challenge yourself to find new and different things, you’ll be amazed at the beauty you have been overlooking every day.
3. Plant seeds or a garden
We are planting an herb garden with a few tomatoes / peppers! I love having and cooking with fresh herbs and it will be great for us to watch them grow. Tripp loves this kind of activity and I love that we can share it together.
4. Create a dinosaur or fairy world in your backyard
Tripp loves doing this! We gather his favorite dinosars, pick a spot in our yard and create an entire community for them. It is really fun to see his imagination take off as he searches for things that will work to create homes or caves for them to live in. Normally, I start it with him, but then I step back to watch his little imagination take off. This activity always inspires quite of a bit of independent play and I am always grateful for that. Can I get an amen? You can use anything – animals, fairies, barbies! Whatever you have on hand. The example pictured above is one we did inside.
5. Watch an animal or earth documentary, then write a note to God about something you learned.
We are so into the DisneyNature documentaries on DisneyPlus. If you need a break during the day, turn on one of those documentaries, but make it a learning experience out of it. Challenge your child to take notes of things they find especially fascinating. Last week, I had Tripp write a letter to God to tell Him the things he found most interesting about the documentary. It was a great way to remind Tripp that all of nature is a gift from Him. Not only should we praise Him for it, but we must also take care of it!
6. Complete a backyard scavenger hunt.
We love doing this one too. I normally make it up as I go, but you can prepare ahead of time. Have your kids find different color flowers, 5 different leaf shapes, the longest stick in the yard, a feather, caterpillar, etc… You get the idea.
7. Use food scraps to grow more food
Have you ever done this? I love to regrow more celery. Here is a list of all the foods that you can regrow. I think this is fascinating and maybe your kids will too. Pictured to the right are green onions. You'll be amazed at how fast they start to grow again.
8. Make leaf prints or press flowers in old books.
I saw Joanna Gaines pressing flowers in old garden books with her kids this week. They picked the flowers and set them on a page and then signed and dated it. What a treasure that will be to find years from now. I had Tripp sign his name and we wrote "During Quarantine," because what I memory this will be to look back on. I cannot wait to do this with Blaire Alice too.
9. Use peanut butter, pine cones or dried oranges, and bird seed to DIY a bird feeder
I did this last year with dried oranges and peanut butter and bird seed. It was really fun to watch the birds find it and eat off of it. It is a quick and easy ( maybe a little bit messy), but might provide some entertainment. Spread peanut butter on a pine cone or orange slice, roll it or dip it in birdseed. Then hang it up in your yard and watch and wait for the birds to find it!
10. Use foilage around your yard to create a wreath for your front door
You probably saw the cross we made last week. I think this would be a great activity for tomorrow. A few of my friends participated and I LOVED seeing what they came up with from their own yard. You can use anything as the wreath form and it can be any shape. Use wire or string to attach the foilage to the form. Use your imagination and let your creative juices flow. Some greenery lasts longer than others, but you can always try misting your wreath to keep it greener longer.
11. Collect Herbs from your yard and deliver to a neighbor
I clipped some parsley and kale from my back yard and added a bit of Jasmine and Gardenia, then tied a little tag to it. It was so simple and makes a thoughtful gift for a neighbor.
Happy Earth Day! I am so thankful for the gift of the Earth. I cannot help but be in awe of our Creator while exploring or enjoying it. I hope these activities spark important conversations about what we can do to take care of our planet. I believe that all of us can make small changes to make a big difference. Teaching our children the importance of doing our part to care for the Earth will be valuable for generations to come. If you have any additional ideas, I'd LOVE to know about them. Or if you decide to do any of these activities, send me a picture so I can share.