The theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Together, We Can Restore Our Earth.” It is a theme that encourages all of us to celebrate Earth Day with our children. While Earth Day is celebrated on Thursday, April 22, there are many ways to continue the Earth Day celebration all spring season. We have put together a list of wonderful activities to enjoy with your preschoolers.
Creating and recycling!Many of our students at CLC have been recycling and creating both at home and in the classroom this month. Materials:
- Recycled items including plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, etc.
- Tape and glue
- Gather and clean recycled items.
- Read a story and talk about recycling with your child.
- Set up glue and tape for your child to glue or tape the items together.
Plant bean seeds to put in a gardenMaterials:
- Cups or plant containers with children’s name on them which also helps them recognize their name when they are looking for their cup for planting
- Dirt in large bin
- Seeds (bean seeds work well)
- Spoons and small shovels
- Watering can
- Discuss planting with your child through books, pictures, videos and even have them act out being a plant.
- Set up an area for planting with all of your materials. Also make sure that you have an area prepared by a window for plants to grow.
- Ask your child to find their cup and then ask them to count out how many seeds you want them to put in their cup or let them choose how many.
- Have your children fill their cups by spooning the dirt from the bin.
- Assist the children with the water can to water their seeds.
Bean in a bag experimentMaterials:
- Paper towel
- Plastic bag that will reseal, any size
- One dry bean seed (pinto, butter or kidney beans from the kitchen pantry)
- Fold a paper towel in half. Then fold it in half again.
- Wet the paper towel with water. The towel should be very damp, not wet. Put the paper towel in the plastic bag.
- Put one bean seed into the bag. Make sure the seed touches the paper towel.
- Squeeze as much air as you can from the plastic bag. Then seal it. Make sure the bean is in the middle of the paper towel.
- Tape the bag to a sunny window.
- Check the seed every day. The seed should start to grow in about five days. Roots and leaves will grow in the next few days.
- When the roots are long, plant the bean in a pot or outside in the ground. Visit the bean plant often to check its growth!
Flower arrangingA flower arranging activity allows children to develop skills using their hands while also allowing them to explore nature! Materials:
- Ball of floral foam cut in half and sized to fit inside a strainer
- Plastic strainer or colander with large holes
- Flowers (real or fake)
- Put the flat side of the foam ball on the table.
- Turn the strainer over so it covers the foam.
- Poke a flower’s stem into one of he strainer’s holes. Push hard so the stem goes into the foam. The foam will hold the flower in place.
- Continue adding flowers until you like the arrangement. Flowers can be moved from hole to hole to change the look of the display.
- If you’d like, place the foam in a bowl of water to keep live flowers fresh.