Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, when people in more than 192 countries come together to raise awareness and demonstrate support for environmental issues. Check out these creative crafts and activities you can do with your kids to celebrate Earth Day together and help teach environmental stewardship!
1. Eggshell Planters
Turn eggshells into tiny planters perfect for starting herb seedlings like basil, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. Clean the shells, add potting soil, and plant your herb seeds about 1/4″ below the surface of the soil. Place your eggshell planters on a windowsill where they’ll get lots of light.
Keep the soil most and watch your little seedlings grow! Once the weather warms up, you can plant them outside still in the shell. Those eggshells are a great source of calcium to moderate soil acidity and provide nutrients for your growing plants.
2. Kitchen Scraps Garden
Did you know you can regrow lettuce, celery, potatoes, and even pineapples from your kitchen scraps? Find out how to grow these and 21 more foods at DIY & Crafts.
3. Trash or Recycle Game
Thrifty Nifty Mommy has a free printable Earth Day Trash or Recycle Game for ages 3 and up. Which items go in the trash and which go in the recycle bin?
4. Earth Day Books
Look for a book! Check out this list of 50 environmentally-aware children’s books that will help teach, inspire, and engage kids in caring for Planet Earth.
5. Themed Sensory Bin
Younger kids will love playing and sorting the recycling in an Earth Day sensory bin. Check out One Time Through for some fun ideas of what to put in yours.
6. Upcycled Sun Catcher
For older kids, make an Earth Day-themed sun catcher mobile from plastic in your recycling bin. Find the full instructions at Books and Giggles.
7. Seed Bombs
Seed bombs are another simple project perfect for spring and for Earth Day. All you need is construction paper, cheesecloth, flower seeds, and a blender or food processor. Get the full instructions here to make colourful Earth-themed seed bombs at home.
8. DIY Bird Feeder
Make a cute bird feeder from a milk carton, popsicle stick, and other basic supplies. Get the full instructions over at Busy Bee Kate.
9. Toilet Paper Tube Bird Feeder
Here’s another, even easier DIY bird feeder idea. If you’ve got an empty toilet paper tube, some peanut butter, and birdseed, you can make this in just a few minutes. Get the full instructions at My Family Stuff.
10. Dirt Cup Dessert
Serve these vegan chocolate chia pudding “dirt cups” for a unique Earth-themed dessert. Sweetened naturally with dates, Feasting on Fruit has the recipe.
11. Earth-Themed Crafts
Keep the creativity going with blue and green Earth-themed crayons and play dough! The Gunny Sack has full instructions for both projects.
12. Homemade “Fossils”
This really cool project recycles used coffee grounds and other basic supplies around your home to make “fossils”. What a clever way to start learning about the timeline of Earth! Visit Crafts by Amanda for the instructions.
13. Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Send the kids on a nature-themed scavenger hunt in the yard. You can either create your own list or print out this Earth Day Scavenger Hunt from Teachers Pay Teachers.
14. Fairy Garden
Create a magical Earth Day fairy garden from an old pot, succulents, and found objects. Emma Heming Willis shows you a couple ways of doing it.
15. Recycled Hanging Planter
Here’s a video tutorial from We Are Teachers showing you how to make a recycled hanging planter from an old soda bottle.