Every April 22nd, children and adults come together to celebrate the Earth and learn how to protect it, whether by cleaning up trash in their community, making nature crafts, finding new ways to recycle or getting savvy about global warming.
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day is a time to raise awareness about the environment, and what better way to do that than with an eco-friendly Earth Day party.
Your child can use leaves and grasses to create his own outdoor art in celebration of Earth Day...all he needs is the great outdoors and some creativity!
Is your water polluted? Help your kids find out by investigating the water around you, using coffee filters and a magnifying glass.
Grow a garden with an environmentally-friendly twist by using plant scraps that usually get thrown away.
This activity helps kids become more aware of what happens when pollution enters the air, and might even inspire a few "green" lifestyle changes.
Learn how to grow an avocado plant indoors with your 1st grader in this hands-on gardening activity.
Earth Day Worksheets
Kids color the different recyclable objects, then match them up with the bin they should go in. Can your child get all the objects in the right bin?
Test your preschooler's knowledge of plant life--more specifically, trees--with this colorful, cut-and-paste worksheet. She'll cut out the names of tree parts and paste them on ...
Can your child help Eco find his way through the maze so he can recycle his plastic bottle?
What keeps trees, big and small, from falling over? Their roots! Take a peek with this amazing tree maze.
Teaching kids what's recyclable and what's not is more important than ever. Give your kids the recycling lowdown with this activity-packed printable.
Teach your child about saving energy with a fun maze. He'll boost his fine motor skills and learn about the importance of turning off the lights.
Earth Day Crafts
Your child can re-purpose a tin can into a pretty compost bucket for your kitchen counter and learn about the science and fun of recycling and renewing objects.
Celebrate Earth Day with a decorative tree made out of strictly reused and recycled materials.
Put old magazines, cardboard boxes, and unwanted clothing to good use by creating an Earth Day-themed recycled collage.
Help your little fort builder move up in the world with this cardboard castle that's just the right size for a young king and his loyal stuffed subjects. He'll have fun, and ...
Wondering what to do with all those plastic bottle caps? Use them to help your child build up essential skills for kindergarten.
All you need to put together this guitar is an old shoebox. Soon your kid will be rocking out while saving room in the landfill.
Earth Day Coloring Pages
Can you name the flowers in this bouquet?
The forest is home to a variety of cute woodland creatures. Teach your child all about them with this forest coloring page.
Help your child practice the concept of recycling with this coloring page, which features the recycling symbol along with sorted boxes of labeled recycling.
If your child would rather play outdoors than come inside for dinner, this placemat will lure him in.
Kids with little green thumbs will dig this detailed coloring page, a mandala of flowers, plants, and busy bees.
Teach your kids about the importance of preserving freshwater ecosystems with a lake habitat coloring page filled with frogs, turtles, ducks, and dragonflies.
From butterflies in the garden to animals at the zoo, kids are drawn to wildlife. Get birds flocking to your backyard with this homemade bird feeder.
Try this fascinating activity with your budding scientist to help "grow" her science and nature knowledge and teach her about the process of germination.
Celebrate the blooming season with your child by showing him how to make a magical spring mosaic out of natural materials, instead of tiles or stones.
Foster your kid's interest in nature by starting a mini garden in a paper egg carton. He'll get to see the full growing cycle, from planting seeds to reaping the results.
Want to get your kids out of the house? Hunt for natural objects outside for each letter of the alphabet and compile them into a special alphabet nature book.
Botanists use these plant libraries to learn about plants they can't study in the field. Play botanist for a day by making your own herbarium sheets with pressed flowers.
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