Ask Ginger: Earth Day
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Q: Earth Day is quickly approaching. What are some ways I can celebrate the holiday with my family? (Matthew, North Hills)
A: Great questions! Earth Day is a great time to get your children outdoors to explore nature. Whether you would like to teach your kids about the environment or do an outdoor activity with them, we have plenty of ideas for you!
Looking for some outdoor Earth Day activities? Try one of these:
- Create a container Fairy Garden1
- Pick up garbage or debris at a nearby park
- Play this color match game to explore all the colors of nature1
Want to bring your Earth Day celebration indoors? Choose from this list:
- Have your children draw or paint their favorite outdoor space
- Create a nature themed diorama1
- Recycle some old tin cans and make tin can drums. Extra points if you make an Earth Day song with them!1
- Make these lovely suncatcher wind chimes1
Read an environmental themed book before bedtime! Try one from our list below:
- Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
- A little boy digs, plays and explores in his garden.
- Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
- A cast of multicultural kids demonstrates how plants are instrumental parts of what we eat.
- Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close by Nic Bishop
- Learn about a variety of animals and insects that can be found close to home and discover tips on how to observe them.
- Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
- Discover the secret world of wonders all around us – from leaves and sprouts growing up in the garden to a busy community hidden down in the dirt.
- The Kids’ Guide to Nature Adventures: 80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors by Joe Rhatigan
- Learn when a chrysalis will open, why wolves howl and how the tide goes out, and read advice about equipment and safety in this nature exploration guide.
Find more health and nature related books in our “Read Your Way to 5-2-1-0 Guide” created in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
For more fun ideas, visit the Scholastic “Celebrate Earth Day” page!