Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April to raise awareness about environment, biodiversity, climate crisis, and threats to this place we call home. Earth Day is a call for everyone to do their bit to save and repair planet Earth. We all must celebrate this day even if we do not celebrate anything else, because there is no other universal and unifying theme than this: Planet Earth is the ONLY home we have. Do check out this website to know more about Earth Day: Earth Day: Indian Chapter: Important Initiatives
Earth Day Celebrations
Here are some Earth Day activities for kids that are fun to do. You can do various activities incorporating art, craft and reading with your child to make them aware about Earth Day and the issues related to environment.
(i) Do a special activity
Plant a Tree
# Trees4Earth initiative of Earth Day aims to inspire citizens of the Earth to plant trees to fight climate change and restore habitats. It is a fun and heartwarming activity to plant a seed in a little pot (even a discarded plastic curd bucket will do!) and watch it grow and learn to take care of it (water it, not overwater it, keep away from strong sun and rain, etc.)
Start Activities that can end Plastic Pollution
Learn about the effect of plastic and how you can help to decrease plastic pollution.
# EndPlasticPollution is a citizen run initiative to raise awareness and find ways to address the plastic pollution crisis. It is a great idea to tell kids about the Three Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. You can do any of such activities or show the kids how you do things around the house to contribute to this cause.
(ii) Reading Activities
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than actually know a bit about this day, its significance, our environment, what we can do to help, and about the beauty of our planet?
Here are the best books that touch these issues, do check them out!
(a) Know about Endangered Species directly from EarthDay.Org
Learn about Endangered Species from this free E-book. You can specifically look up specific plant or animal and their threat profile on page 39 using the hyperlinks.
(b) 10 Things I can do to help my world
Children are eager to help save Earth, but need ideas as to how they can do that. This book with its bright and bold art work offers simple ways to make a difference. Small things that a child can do to save water, save trees, etc. A lovely book for children to celebrate Earth Day. Good for kids of all ages.
(c) The EARTH Book
Todd Parr is famous for his style of blending playfulness with sensitivity. In this book that is printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, children come to know many easy ideas on how we can all work to save earth, save trees, save energy, recycle, etc. Children love the interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how children can "go green" in daily life. Let us treasure our home, and keep it happy and healthy! Good for kids of all ages.
(d) Hello, World! Planet Earth
This board book, well suited for small kids above 2.5 years of age, showcases facts about
countries, continents, oceans, landforms, habitats, and Earth's place in the solar system. All this is presented in really simple and easy way, with bright, cheerful illustrations.
(e) Planet Earth
A fantastic Usborne book with beautiful pictures and simple and short explanation to teach facts about the geographical features of our amazing Earth, like mountains, rivers, deserts, caves, oceans and space. Suitable for kids above 5 years of age.
(f) My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today
Eco warriors, get ready. Each of us can make a difference to create a Greener Earth - ten simple small things that even a child can do. Simple, bright pictures, with a small explanation to back up every activity, My Green Day is a lovely book for small children.
(g) Hello, Mr World
In this brilliant book, award winning author and illustrator, Michael Foreman shows what climate change is doing to our world and inspires us all to make a difference.
(iii) Earth Day Art & Craft Activities
We love and protect our Earth craft
Paper Mache Earth
A Woven Earth
24 Art & Craft Activities Playlist
This is a nice YouTube playlist of 24 videos with some great art and craft ideas for kids to do for Earth Day.
Easy Art Activities
Hope you have a lot of fun doing these. Don't forget to post your activities to our Facebook Group.
Don't forget to stay updated and download our Earth Day Printables. These are worksheets with fun activities for kids to enjoy Earth Day and know more about this important event.
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