Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Celebrating Earth Day with a Toddler



Tomorrow, I’ll be back with a post on our Earth Day activities but in case you don’t have a lot of time and need a few quick ideas here are some simple ways to celebrate Earth Day with your little ones. 

  • On the Disney channel you can watch some Earth Day related programs.  However, I HIGHLY encourage you actually get outside and enjoy this beautiful world and not let television be your only celebration of Earth Day.
  • Storytime and More blog has an activity where you cut up green and blue pieces of construction paper to put on  a picture of Earth.  Click here to read more about it.
  • Help your little one plant some seeds.
  • Make a coffee filter Earth like here on the A Mommy’s
    Adventures blog.
  • Make a paper plate Earth like here at Just for Fun.
  • Make recycled crafts.  Make and Takes has links to several. We will be doing the plastic bag parachutes.
  • here are some Earth Day coloring pages.
  • Hands of the Earth craft as found here.
  • We will be painting tin can herb pots as described here.
  • Go on a trash pick up walk.

My advice is to leave out abstract concepts and go for spending time in nature or keeping trash picked up.  I doubt they are going to understand the concept of recycling and etc.  I will mostly be concentrating on talking about how beautiful outside is and how we must always keep our trash picked up, so that the Earth doesn’t get sick.