Raise your hand if you turn out your lights for an hour on Earth Hour. Are you raising your hand? Good, me too. It feels great to do a little something for this cool planet we live on.
But there’s an entire day to celebrate the Earth and ways to sustain it! Earth Day is on April 22 and it’s a day to celebrate the Earth, commit “green acts” like planting fresh new things, and learning ways to keep our planet safe and happy. I think it’s such an important lesson to introduce to toddlers (and all kids, but hey, start ’em young!) because (at the risk of being cheesy), they are the world. They are the future. They are … wait, isn’t this a song?
So without further ado, here’s a round-up of some cool crafts, food, and activities to do with your toddler to celebrate the other awesome mother we all know — Mother Earth!
1. Create an Egg Carton Garden
All you need is a pack of seeds, a little love, and one week later you’ll have a garden of your own!
2. Eat Earth Pancakes for Breakfast
YUM! Start the day off right with some fun pancakes to set the mood.
3. Make a Soda Bottle Terrarium
I remember making these as a kid and LOVING this activity! Just be sure to keep some of your bottles out for the recycling bin.
(via Teaching Tiny Tots)
4. Make Art From Recyclables
… like this rocket ship made from toilet paper rolls!
5. Make a Coffee Filter Watercolor Earth
How gorgeous is this craft? Beautiful! The little one can do the watercolors, but they’ll probably need a hand with the … uh … hands.
6. Play “I Spy” on a Nature Walk
Go out on a walk with a pen and pad of paper and make a list of things to find, or things that you’ve never seen before in nature! Talk about how to make sure these things last forever, like preserving forests and respecting wildlife habitats.
7. Read Books on Trash and Recycling
Toddlers love messy stuff, so talk about recycling. You can even have them help you take the recycling outside or decorate a bin with stickers specifically for one type of recyclable, like your empty cans!
8. Plan Activities That Require No Electricity
Playdoh, building a fort, reading, napping, going for a walk … challenge yourself to keep the television off all day and walk wherever you need to go!
9. Garden Together
Plant a tree, a bush, or even some flowers any give back to Mother Earth!
10. Make a Lunch That Doesn’t Require Actual Cooking
Save some energy by giving the stove and the microwave a break. Pull out sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cheese … maybe you could even have a picnic outside?