While The Lion King taught kids all about the circle of life, explaining their place in the world can be much more difficult. These Earth Day activities for kids give us the opportunity to show how our choices can impact those around us, and help them appreciate our world a little bit more.
How can you introduce Earth Day to kids?
Sure you can show the CBS Earth Day special from 1970, but if your kids are anything like mine, I’m guessing it won’t hold their attention like Paw Patrol can.
I find the most engaging way to teach is by doing. Let your kids interact with the nature that is already around them.
Take a nature hike
I use the word hike very liberally since I’m in Kansas and our hiking isn’t exactly top-tier. Maybe it’s more like a little nature walk in your neighborhood. Point out all living objects that you can observe along the way or make a scavenger hunt. Use your time outside to recognize how many living things share one small area, and how they depend on each other.
If you’re in the city, you might not have thriving flora and fauna to examine, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely void of life. Pigeons: they may not be anyone’s favorite, but they are able to thrive in conditions that most animals can’t. Trees: to break out your 6th grade science memory and talk about how they make us oxygen we use to breathe.
Start an up-cycling challenge
For those that are good at planning ahead, start to save all (not gross) recyclables for a week or two. Then on Earth Day, break out your favorite craft supplies, set a timer for 1 hour, and see what they create. Teach the importance of reusing rather than adding more trash to landfills.
Families with older kids can put on a Project Runway competition. Give them an old shirt, fabric paints, tie-dye, scissors – maybe even some crystals, because the 90s are absolutely back. Put on a fashion show and pick the winner.
Collect flowers to press and dry
“What would Martha Stewart do?” While this phrase can apply to help guide your life in so many ways, for Earth Day it might mean you should press some flowers. Flowers are a beautiful result of photosynthesis; share how we need the air to be clean so the flowers can grow.
As a kid, I have fond memories of turning pressed flowers into bookmarks. Once they have dried, you can laminate them to preserve into a classic Mother’s Day gift – so bonus, no need to wonder what to buy grandma!
If you don’t have fresh flowers nearby, you can get creative with fake flowers. Make a beautiful spring wreath that you’ll want to display all season long.
Build a solar system
It may seem counterintuitive to make a solar system on Earth Day, but it’s a good time to pause and think about our global position. Because this is a day to recognize the importance of our world, it only seems right to recognize how we are a part of a larger galaxy.
Get creative with your solar system! You can make a classic 3D model with foam balls, or use things from around the house. Basketball Sun, tennis ball Saturn – you get the idea. Or share your solar system by drawing it on your sidewalk so the neighborhood kids can get to learn and explore, too.
Make Earth Day a time to reflect on everything around you. Explain how small, sustainable changes – like reusing old items – can make a big difference. By trying some Earth Day activities for kids, it will become a day your kids will look forward to every year!
Do you have any Earth Day activities for kids? Share them in the comments below!
There’s something about wreaths that just make a home feel put together. You can incorporate elements of the season or holidays, and proudly display on your door, over a mantel, or – as is the case with our spring wreath – in my daughter’s bedroom. It’s surprisingly easy to make your DIY wreath full of springtime flowers.
Consider one longer garland along with smaller bouquets
Hot glue or tacky glue
To make life easier, I have all the supplies (minus the glue and scissors) available in the Spring wreath craft kit
Time to put together your DIY wreath
Wrap wreath form with ribbon, using glue to keep it in place
Wrap long garland around the wreath. Tuck the ends into the folds of the ribbon and add glue to prevent lifting away from the form
Cut down your single flowers or bouquets to single flowers, or flower with a small bit of greenery
Tuck flowers into the folds of the ribbon
Add hot glue to the inside of the folds to lock in place
Hang up and enjoy
My 5 year old daughter absolutely loved this project. We were able to pick the flowers together, and she liked helping to tuck them into the ribbon. I handled the hot glue to keep her little fingers safe, but she felt completely engaged with this DIY wreath craft.
At only 9 inches, it’s smaller than a typical front door wreath, which made it a perfect fit for her bedroom. As soon as the glue cooled, she ran upstairs and put it above her bed.
I would love to see your creations! Be sure to share your finished DIY wreath with me on Instagram @happy.little.chaos, and tag with #HappyLittleChaos.
As I started to create my Valentine crafts for kids kits, I thought about what I wanted to say with the collection. I love the holiday because it reminds us all to pause and focus on the love, romantic and platonic, in our lives.
What the world needs now…
I am not going to pretend that a few crafts are going to solve the problems of the world, but I do believe that we should spread love when we can. This Valentine’s Day I wanted to highlight different traditions from around the globe. While each have their unique ways to celebrate, the intention of bringing joy is universal.
It was really important to me to spend the day focused on our similarities. We all want to feel loved. We all want to share love. And that’s what I hope my Valentine’s Day collection will do.
Love Spoons have been historically given as symbols of affection. They were intricately carved and gifted to their loves. I read that this tradition started in the cold months during the 1600s, because let’s be frank, it’s not like they had a lot of options for entertainment. There wasn’t any Bridgerton to binge.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a fun, unique gift for kids to give to their friends, parents, grandparents, teachers – you name it. With hearts in various sizes and textures, there are so many options on how to customize.
Young women in South Africa will pin the names of their sweethearts to their sleeves. This is said to be a way women will proclaim their crushes for the first time if that’s not a Nancy Meyers film waiting to happen, I don’t know what is.
Because I have 2 kids who I do not trust around safety pins, I decided to adapt this tradition into a bracelet. Layered hearts create the charm, and a colorful string lets you find the perfect size. You can even write the name of your own sweetheart on the back, keeping them near.
Give the love
This Valentine’s Day, whether you typically go all out or ignore the holiday, I suggest you do whatever you can to brighten someone’s day. Take just a few minutes to let them know how important they are. I promise you that is always worthwhile.
Because I love to make crafts, most people assume we do the whole Elf thing in my house. Truthfully, I pick and choose where to spend my energy, and that didn’t make the cut. However, a few years back when driving to South Dakota for Christmas, my then 2-year-old daughter was getting a bit ornery. I riffled through our toy bag and found a (new to her) Elf doll but not one of THOSE elves. We gave her the “Elf is watching you and will tell Santa” talk that I still wonder if it will give her permanent trust issues. But it sure worked, and the rest of the drive went easy. Each year our little fake elf comes back, and this year I decided to embrace it just a bit more by writing an Elf on the Shelf goodbye letter.
I wanted the letter to highlight what she does well, but still encourage good behavior year round
I have long worried that once December rolls around we encourage kids to be good for the sake of gifts. I wanted to make sure the letter included a list of their good behavior; things that we want to see continue through the year.
If you are into elaborate Elf on the Shelf shenanigans – good for you! I think it adds extra magic to the season. If, like me, that’s just one more thing you don’t need to take on, good for you! Whether you move your Elf every day or keep it sitting still on the mantel, a sweet goodbye letter is a perfect way to send your Elf on its merry little way back to the attic North Pole.