How to Celebrate Earth Day with Toddlers 🌎🌱
Every year on April 22, people all across the U.S. celebrate Earth Day. It's a day to show how much we care about the planet and environment around us. Teaching future generations about preserving our planet can help ensure they have a healthy and safe place to live. Here are some tips and activities that your family can do to introduce the importance of this day!
Nature Scavenger Hunt🔎🌻
Make a list of things found in nature around your home, neighborhood or a local park that you and your family can easily spot. Take a walk around your neighborhood or at a local park to see how many items you can find! As an added "Earth Day" bonus, save on paper by creating your list on your phone.
For those with older kiddos, join a neighborhood clean-up effort! Grab some gloves and garbage bags and head on over to the park! To help get your kiddos engaged, you can set a prize for whoever collects the most trash!
Family Hike and Picnic🌳🍎
What better way to teach your child about nature than to get them out of the house and experiencing it? Pack up an easy lunch, snacks and take a family-friendly hike! Here are some trails nearby that your family can hike or walk together. To minimize your eco-footprint, always "Pack In, Pack Out" and be sure to use reusable containers, utensils, towels, etc.
Earth Salt Dough Sensory Activity🌍
This is a fun activity that even young toddlers can enjoy! Start by creating a batch of salt dough (1.5 cups of all-purpose flour, 1.5 cups of salt and 3/4 cup of water). Mix in blue and green food coloring to represent land and water! Let your kiddo blend the colors and engage in this sensory activity.
Note: Once they are all done, you can even create an ornament! Flatten the dough out onto a cookie sheet and put their handprint in the middle of the dough. Poke a hole out at the top, bake for 3 hours at 200 F, and allow it to cool overnight. Voila! You have your own salt dough ornament to remember the day by.
Start a Garden🪴🧑🏼🌾
Kids love getting down and dirty outside. Set a day to help start a garden and work as a family to care and nurture it! If you're tight on space, not to worry! You can always opt for a potted garden or something small on your front patio/porch! You can look into growing your own (easy) vegetables, or just a simple flower and plant garden. The possibilities are endless!
Indulge in Dirt Cup Treats🪱
Finish off the day by indulging in some tasty Dirt Cup Treats using the simple recipe below!
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