Earth Day Activities for Kids

We've got fun and educational Earth Day activities for kids. Earth day is celebrated on April 22nd each year, but the health of the planet should be important every day.

Children also need to learn to take care of our environment, and our planet.

Great things to do to keep our earth healthy:

  • Do not litter
  • Pick up garbage you see
  • Recycle wherever possible
  • Turn off lights when you are not in a room
  • Use a re-usable bottle for water
  • Bring re-usable bags to the grocery store

Keeping a mind on how our actions impact our planet is very important. 

Fun Earth Day Crafts

Paper Mache Earth

Home-made Clouds

Recycled Plant Starters

Earth Day "Un-Scanvenger" Hunt

Our un-scavenger hunts are great Earth day activities for kids. It teaches them how trash and garbage can affect the earth.

This was an activity I even did as a child too. My babysitter, Lisa, is the inspiration for this idea.

For this activity you will need to re-visit a year later, and every few months in between. So, if you do it on Earth Day you can plan to return the next Earth Day. 

Craft Supplies:

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Plan of Action for Earth Day Activities for Kids

  1. Pick out 5-10 treasure items. Give our ideas list to the kids to pick out their items.
    Click Here for the Treasure Item Ideas List (it will pop up in a new window!)
  2. Plan an area you can bury these items. The process is a year long so make sure it is some place you can easily return to throughout the year - like your backyard.
  3. On white paper, draw out a map of the area you have chosen. 
  4. Pick out a spot for each item and mark it on your map, numbering each item.
  5. Use your shovel and bury each item in its assigned spot.
  6. Fill out our Treasure Checklist, marking down what you buried in each location.

3 Months Later...

Follow your treasure map to each item and gently dig up each item, one at a time.

For each item, make a note on your checklist under the first "Results" column. Make note of how the item has changed. 

Once you have made notes, re-bury the item. Then repeat this process for each item.

6 Months Later...

Follow your treasure map to each item and gently dig up each item, one at a time.

For each item, make a note on your checklist under the second "Results" column. Make note of how the item has changed. 

Once you have made notes, re-bury the item. Then repeat this process for each item.

9 Months Later...

Follow your treasure map to each item and gently dig up each item, one at a time.

For each item, make a note on your checklist under the third "Results" column. Make note of how the item has changed. 

Once you have made notes, re-bury the item. Then repeat this process for each item.

1 Year Later...

Grab a garbage bag.

Follow your treasure map to each item and gently dig up each item, one at a time.

For each item, make a note on your checklist under the last "Results" column. Make note of how the item has changed. 

This time you are finished your project. Place any treasure that has not disintegrated and place it in your garbage bag.

Reflection Time 

Once all the items are cleaned up and your notes are made, go inside and together fill in the final column. 

It is one simple question, is this item good or bad for our planet.

These are great earth day activities for kids to show how garbage and littering can impact our planet.

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