Earth Day Activities for Children
Earth Day is April 22th and Stepping Stone School is celebrating the roots of Earth day as well as sharing an appreciation for learning through hands on exploration and investigation!
The idea for a national day to focus on the environment was Gaylord Nelson’s idea. On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans came together for a healthy, sustainable environment.
In 1990 Earth Day went worldwide, uniting 200 million people in 141 countries bringing the importance of protecting the Earth and our environment to a global audience. After Earth Day 1990, a huge increase in recycling efforts developed worldwide! Today, it is estimated more than 1 billion people in over 190 countries now joyfully celebrate this annual global event!
At Stepping Stone School, we actively participate and teach our children ways they can conserve, recycle and contribute to Earth friendly practices every day!
Here are some Earth focused, educational activities you can enjoy with your child!
Water Cycle in a Bag – Do your children ask you why it rains? Or maybe how clouds happen? Spend an afternoon teaching them with this easy to do science experiment where you and your children will make a water cycle in a bag!
Making Anemometers – An anemometer is a device that is used to measure wind speed. There are many different types of anemometers suited for different environments, situations, and measurements. https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/make-anemometer/
Edible Earth – A model of the Earth’s layers can double as a tasty snack when you use food to make each layer. https://sciencing.com/ideas-make-edible-earth-layers-8351186.html
Growing Geometric Crystals – A crystal is a solid material with atoms and molecules that are arranged in a consistent repeating pattern, creating one of seven geometrical shapes. Crystals can be expensive and beautiful, like amethysts or diamonds, but they can also be found right in your kitchen in the form of sugar and salt! https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/article/crystal-growing-science/
Recycle Sorting Game – An easy game that teaches children a life skill as well!
Make your Own Nature Journal – Take a walk outside and observe and record nature! http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/04/14/nature-journals-for-kids/