April 22 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
This year’s theme for Earth Day is climate change. There are lots of ways to take action, even while on lockdown. Visit the Earth Day website to find out how you can get involved.
Here are some fun activity suggestions to celebrate Earth Day with your children!
5 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day
Sow some seeds
Whether it be sunflowers or cucumbers, today is a good day to sow some seeds while explaining how flowers help the environment
Climate Change experiments
Head over to NASA to find some great global warming experiments
DIY Clean-Up challenge
While taking you daily exercise for the rest of the month, collect rubbish and keep a record of what you found, whether it is recyclable or not. You can even do a local search to see if you can join a local clean up group once lock-down is over. We have one for our local beaches and they send out timetables to everyone who is interested.
Build an insect house
Use a combination of natural items like twigs, dry leaves and pinecones as well as items from your recycle bin like bits of cardboard, paper towel tubes, and empty plastic bottle to create a cozy habitat for your garden bugs. RedTedArt has a great, kid-friendly tutorial
Write a letter
Get researching with your kids then write a letter to your local politician for support on an important climate issue. This is a great way to practice writing skills and introduce public speaking and campaigning.
Websites to explore
Our Climate Our Future – An award-winning video experience that educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action.
National Geographic Kids – There is lots to explore here, including animal videos, quizzes, tips for helping the environment, and much more!
NASA Climate Kids – Great, fun activities to keep the kids engaged for hours