50+ Earth Day Activities to Make Your Kid Environment Conscious

Every year on April 22nd, billions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day to raise awareness for the protection of the environment and pledge support to safeguard the planet for future generations. 🌎🌱

The first official Earth Day was observed in the United States in 1970 as an environmental movement to address the environmental damage due to human actions and limit further disruption by raising awareness.

Earth Day Activities for Your Kids

Earth Day serves as a reminder for us to take better care of the planet and is a great learning opportunity to initiate conversations with your kids about our planet, Earth, and the environment and educate them on other connected topics like sustainability, recycling, and climate change.

You can make the day educational and enjoyable for your kids by incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, and art for them to do related to the theme of Earth Day. 

In this blog, I have compiled a list of activities you can do with your kids to celebrate Earth Day and make it memorable. 😊

Make Salt Dough Ornaments 

Combine two cups of flour, one cup of salt, and one cup of water and knead into a dough. Flatten and cut them into shapes with cookie cutters.  

Press small flowers and leaves into the dough shapes, make holes to insert the threads, and bake them in the oven to create beautiful salt dough ornaments. πŸ§‚

Pro Tip:

Kids can also paint these ornaments in Earth-inspired themes using acrylic paint or food coloring after they are baked and cooled.

Cloud Gaze

Find a cozy and comfortable spot to look up and watch the white clouds drift across the glorious blue sky.

Observe the fluffy clouds and spot different shapes that the clouds resemble, and let your kids foster their imagination. ☁️

Go on a Nature Walk

Go On A Nature Walk

Take your kids on a leisurely nature walk to soothe your mind and bask in the beauty of nature.

These walks present a good opportunity for your kids to explore the natural surroundings and observe the various kinds of flowers, trees, and birds. πŸŒ²πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Create Handprint Art

Things will get messy with this activity, but your kids will have so much fun!

Let your kids dip their palms in paints – blue and green, to recreate the colors of the Earth, and place them alternatingly on a round canvas to create a beautiful piece of handprint art. 🀚🏽

Bake Earth-Inspired Cookies and Cupcakes

Celebrate the day with a baking session with your kids – turn on some music, put on your aprons, and bake some delicious Earth-inspired desserts. πŸͺ🧁

Make the dough for the cookies and batter for the cupcakes in two batches, adding green and blue food coloring separately to create a marble effect of the Earth.

Create Smushed Paint Art

Create Smushed Paint Art

It is a no-mess painting activity that my son loves doing.

Draw a circle on thick paper or cardboard, and add blobs of green and blue acrylic paint inside the outline. Cover the surface with a cling wrap, and kids can spread the paint blobs by smushing them down with their hands to make the circle look like the Earth. 🎨

Pro Tip:

You can also put the paper with paint blobs in a ziplock pouch to make the smush painting.

Fill Coloring Pages

My son enjoys picking up his crayons and filling some coloring pages.

Print coloring sheets with outlines of images related to the Earth, the environment, and nature for your kids to color using crayons or paints. πŸ–οΈ

Make Playdough Earth

My son enjoys molding and modeling play dough into various objects.

Include your kids in making Earth sculptures, and you can also teach your kids the layers of the Earth using play dough to incorporate both fun and learning at the same time. 🌏

Put Together a Collage 

Outline a circle and the continents roughly on a cardboard piece with a pencil. Gather magazine pages and colored papers in blue for the water and green for the land, which kids can tear into small pieces. Glue these torn pieces along the marked lines to complete the Earth collage. βœ‚οΈ

Kids can improve their finger and hand strength with this activity that requires them to tear the papers. 

Embark on a Scavenger Hunt

Embark On A Scavenger Hunt

Kids can embark on a scavenger hunt in the garden or park to look for nature items like pine cones, mushrooms, ants, sticks, butterflies, flowers, and leaves. πŸ”Ž

This is an exciting and fun activity to get kids moving and make them observant and attentive to their natural surroundings.

Create Seed Bombs

Make some seed bombs at home with your kids, which also make for great gifting options.

Make a pulp with torn pieces of old paper and water, squeeze excess water, and mix the seeds thoroughly to mold them into balls to make simple seed bombs that you can scatter in your garden and watch it grow. πŸŒ±πŸ’£

Pro Tip:

Kids can also use cookie cutters to create shaped seed bombs.

Make a Bird Bath

Look out for the well-being of the feathered friends by placing a bird bath – a reliable water source to quench their thirst, bathe, and cool themselves down. 🦜

Place a terracotta saucer filled with clean water over an upturned terracotta pot in your garden and watch the various kinds of birds that visit. 

Make a Bird Feeder

Make A Bird Feeder

Repurpose old milk cartons or plastic bottles into bird feeders that you can hang in your garden for the birds to indulge in. 🐧

Wash your milk cartons or bottles thoroughly and fill them with a handful of bird seeds. Add a few sticks for them to perch on. Your kids can watch the birds as they drop in for their food.

Create a Seed Jar

Create a seed jar as a fun science experiment for your kids to closely observe the seed germination process and witness its various stages of transforming into a plant.

Take a clean mason jar, add tissues to the bottom, and pour only enough water to dampen the tissues. Place the seeds towards the edge of the mason jar for them to be seen. Observe the changes regularly.

Make Earth-Inspired Ooblecks

Make Earth Day-themed ooblecks with your kids that are perfect for sensory play. 

Combine two cups of cornstarch, one cup of water, and about ten drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly to make your oobleck. You can make them with both blue and green food colors to recreate the colors of the Earth. 🟒

Pro Tip

Ensure your kids wear rubber gloves to prevent food coloring stains on their hands.

Paint Your Pots

Spruce up the terracotta pots in your garden and home by painting them as a fun activity that your kids will love.

Kids can use acrylic paint to create beautiful art with patterns and designs to enhance otherwise plain terracotta pots.

Plant Trees

Plant Trees

There’s no better way to mark the day and do your bit for the environment by taking tangible action than planting tree saplings that will grow into sturdy trees in the future that will provide shade, oxygen, and an overall better environment. 🌲

Teach your kids the importance of trees and the need to plant trees now to give our future generations a better environment and planet.

Create Carbon Footprint Awareness

Introduce the concept of carbon footprint to your kids and explain how it affects the world around us and how we can strive to reduce each of our carbon footprints. 🐾

Maintain a Nature Journal

Encourage your kids to maintain a nature journal where they note their thoughts and observations of the natural world. πŸ“’

Kids can include drawings and notes, pressed flowers and leaves, and the names of plants, trees, flowers, and birds they spotted. 

You can do this throughout the year and include activity prompts that kids can complete.

Have a Books Reading Session

Have A Books Reading Session

Find a cozy spot to have a book reading session with your kids, where you can sift through storybooks and picture books with illustrations related to the Earth, the environment, and topics like sustainability, global warming, and climate change. πŸ”–πŸ“š

Some book recommendations that are perfect reads for Earth Day are The Lorax by Dr.Seuss, This Class Can Save The Planet by Stacy Tornio,  Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre, and Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch, to name a few. 

Make Paper Plate Art

Bring out your stack of paper plates for an engaging Earth-inspired art activity where kids can paint the paper plate blue to represent the water and add green masses over it for the land to recreate the Earth. πŸ–ΌοΈ

Start a Kitchen Garden

Start a simple kitchen garden at home with your kids by growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Encourage your kids to take responsibility and involve them in the entire process of growing fresh produce. πŸ₯•πŸ“

Take Nature Photos

Take Nature Photos

Give your kids a digital camera or a phone and let them capture photos of nature and its beauty around them – trees, butterflies, plants, birds, and so on from their perspective. πŸ“·

I’ve preserved my son’s photos of nature as prints he can add to his nature journal.

Engage in Sensory Play

Sensory play is a hands-on way for kids to stimulate their senses and an opportunity to develop fine motor skills.

Set up an Earth-inspired sensory bin for your kids with rice grains dyed using two food colors – blue and green to recreate the colors of the Earth. You can also include nature items like pine cones and stones to enhance the experience. πŸ“₯

Make Earth-Inspired Slime

My kids enjoy making and playing with slime as it aids sensory play.

Combine water, glue, and a small amount of borax and food coloring to make the slime – make this in two batches, one with blue and another with green food coloring, to recreate the colors of the Earth. 🦠

Do Crafts with Recycled Items

Repurpose old items from your recycling bin for unique crafts that foster creativity in your kids and teach them to recycle and transform old items into beautiful things. 🧡

Pro Tip:

You can recycle egg cartons, empty toilet paper rolls, bottle caps, fabric scraps, old newspapers, and magazines for making unique crafts. 

Go on a Picnic

Pack your picnic baskets with delicious food and drinks, and go on a picnic with your kids to a spot amid nature and greenery with fresh air. 🧺

Kids can observe the beauty of nature – the birds, flowers, and trees and experience a sense of calm and a better and happier mind space.

Make Tissue Paper Art

Make Tissue Paper Art

My son enjoyed doing this simple and fun art activity.

Kids can tear green and blue tissue papers into small square pieces. Arrange the torn tissue papers on round cardboard and glue them using a paintbrush to create Earth art. 🧻

Pro Tip:

Kids can crumple the tissue paper pieces or lay them just as squares.

Make Buntings with Coffee Filters

It was a fun craft activity that my son loved doing to add some Earth-inspired buntings for our home.

Draw circles on coffee filters and cut them. In two bowls of water, mix green and blue food coloring. Kids can use an eyedropper to transfer the colors onto the coffee filters, alternating between both colors. β˜•οΈπŸŽŠ

The coffee filters absorb the colors to create Earth art that you string a thread to make buntings.

Watch a Documentary 

Watch A Documentary

Spend time watching a documentary with your kids to help them understand more about Earth Day and the planet. 

You can show them videos regarding the environment, nature, sustainability, pollution, etc., to help broaden their perspectives and opinions. 🎬

Sort Recycling Items

Kids can understand and learn to sort items to be recycled in the appropriate bins using this simple activity.

Label four baskets as paper, glass, plastic, and metal bins. Give your kids printed cards of different items – newspapers, bottles, boxes, cans, etc., and urge them to place the object cards in the correct baskets. πŸ—‘οΈ

Pro Tip:

You can also use some objects from real life, like bottle caps, torn pieces of paper, or leaves, instead of printed cards for them to sort. 

Complete a Word Search

Word search puzzles are my son’s favorite activities to do.

Print a word search template with words and references relating to the theme of our environment, nature, the Earth, and other aspects for your kids to find the list of words and complete the puzzle. 🧩

Take a Pledge

Encourage your kids to pledge to safeguard the environment on Earth Day by inculcating habits that will help the planet in better ways rather than burdening the environment and natural resources. πŸŽ—οΈ

You can get your kids to design Earth Day pledge posters with their pledges, some quotes, slogans, and art as a fun activity for your kids.

My son and I make and design our pledge posters diligently every year.

Practice Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Practice Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Educate your kids on the importance of the 3 ‘R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle as a great way to promote sustainable living practices and minimize the amount of waste created. ♻️

Visit a Farm

Take your kids to a nearby farm to spend time with animals – feeding and watching them, and see first-hand where the food they consume comes from and the amount of hard work involved in putting food on their plates. πŸ„πŸŒΎ

Kids learn a lot from real-life experiences and can better understand farm life and nature this way than from any book and are exposed to a whole new perspective.

My kids always look forward to visits to the farm.

Embark on a Virtual Field Trip

Take your kids across continents and oceans and explore the world and wonders from the comforts of your home – by taking them on a virtual field trip. βœˆοΈβ›°οΈ

My son enjoys going on virtual field trips around the world.

Start a Compost Bin

Composting is an easy and eco-friendly method to reduce organic waste generated. Teach your kids the basics of composting and what goes into a compost bin, and involve them in the process as a part of their daily routine. πŸ—‘οΈπŸ‚

Conclusion

We shouldn’t just wait for Earth Day to celebrate the wonderful planet we live on and should be grateful every day for its beauty and resources. 

My son had a lot of fun doing these activities and managed to learn about the planet and the need to take responsibility for protecting nature and the environment to make the world a better place. ❀️

Please let us know in the comments if any of these activities caught your eye and if you would try them at home with your kids!

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