Earth Day 2020!
Today is Earth Day! Let's take some time to celebrate and respect the planet that we live on with some fun activities and an environmentally conscious read aloud by CP Kids Director, Lindsay Bistis of Think… Before You Throw it Away, by Kelsey Rae.
Today's activities are a great way to reinforce the book we just read with your pre-schoolers and toddlers.
FAMILY BAND: Make Instruments out of Recycled Materials
A great way to reduce trash is to reuse materials to create something new! The sky is the limit with what you can create.Download our activity guide for some instrument ideas. Have fun and get creative with what you have! Make an instrument for every member of the family and then get ready to jam!
Use whatever materials you have and allow your child to create anything he or she wishes! A structure, a collage, painting different materials you've collected…the possibilities are endless!
CREATE A RECYCLING CENTER
A meaningful game to play with your child is to gather many garbage and recycle materials, all clean, and create a sorting game.
- Have your child go through the pile and determine if it is to go in the trash can or in the recycle bin.
- Talk about why each items go in their respective bins.
- While this can start as a purposeful activity, continue to encourage your child to be in charge of your home's trash & recycle center by sorting the items on a daily basis.
Worksheet: Practice Sorting
A great way to help our earth is to plant new trees, flowers, herbs, fruits, and/or vegetables! You can teach your child what an impact he/she can have on the earth by planting. Here are a few things you can share with your child as you plant and garden:
- Planting a new tree is good for the earth because trees give us clean air to breathe
- Planting flowers that attract bees and butterflies, our pollinator friends. Pollinators help fruits and vegetables grow. Some good ones are petunias, marigolds, and sunflowers!
- Plant food we can eat such as herbs, fruits and vegetables! Teaching your child that we can grow some of our own food and not always need to go shopping is a valuable skill!