5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 15, 2024

Whether you are a parent, teacher, scout leader or simply a decent human, you know that Earth Day is a big deal, especially for Gen Alpha. Children born during the past 13 years are more focused on protecting the planet than any generation before them. So in preparation for April 22nd, we rounded up some of the best activities kids can do to celebrate Mother Earth. 

Go On a Nature Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is the perfect opportunity to get the kids outdoors and up and close and personal with all Mother Nature has to offer. Green Child Magazine has some great tips for getting both older and younger children involved in this activity. You can grab a clipboard from the dollar store, some fun pencils, and print out a colorful worksheet so kids can check off what they find.

Do Some Yoga

Yoga is a great way for children to connect with their mind and bodies, as well as our beautiful planet. Some yoga practitioners offers easy hikes teamed with yoga sequences that includes tree pose, mountain pose, and more for the younger set. If you can’t find this in your area, Cosmic Kids Yoga is another great option for kids to learn yoga virtually—and they have their own Earth Day Yoga Quest. Be sure to bring the iPad outside for a more immersive experience.

Read a Book About Earth Science

Enroll in the Engineer Academy and explore Earth like never before! The Engineer Academy: Earth kit includes everything kids need to assemble 6 models including a seismograph, weather station, solar system model, and working solar oven. The accompanying 64-page book is full of bright illustrations and fascinating information about plate tectonics, the water cycle, biomes, climate change, green energy, and more. Throughout the book, kids will also find 12 additional experiments they can try at home to see engineering in action.

Get Crafty

Simple craft projects are always a hit with kids, and there is no shortage of fun, inexpensive ideas when it comes to Earth Day. We love the idea of recycling something and turning it into art, like these paper rolls turned tulips. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, kids can also paint clay pots and fill them with a flower to be gifted to someone special. Or, try DIYing some eco-friendly seed bombs.

Find Their Green Thumb

Speaking of seeds, planting a tree or starting a garden is a no-brainer when it comes to honoring the Earth. Great for littles who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, adults can seek out community gardens or CSA share programs to get their kids involved in. If your family is new to gardening, check out this book, which is a great guide for beginners with resources and practical advice from—the world’s leading online gardening community.

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