Earth Day Everyday

In commemoration of our upcoming Earth Day celebration on April 22, we would love to share the following ideas for ways to incorporate that same spirit in your own homes.

Earth Day, Every Day Activities by Gina Abegg, Co-Director

Paper Conservation:

  • Use donated recycled paper for first drafts, better paper once practices.
  • Also use white construction paper for water color practice, real paper for final.
  • Cut paper in all different sizes so children can choose.
  • Have a recycled paper container for wrapping paper, cards, scrap for collage sources.
  • Teach children to choose what they want to have happen with their paper: hang, give as gifts, use other sides, cut part off for recycling, keep working until used.
  • Roll large pieces in a cut toilet paper or paper towel tube so not damaged, use as gift wrap.
  • Shred paper waste and make new paper from it.

Water Conservation:

  • Teach children to turn off faucet quickly after washing or brushing teeth.
  • Use pitchers at the table so children can choose how much water they will use.
  • Monitor water drips with a bucket under faucet and measure over time.
  • Teach to pour unused water into the plants watering container not down the drain.
  • Use biodegradable soap and pour outside cleaning or clothes washing water onto plants.
  • Show how you water early and late so the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly.
  • Combine splash day activities with watering cycle.
  • Time watering of gardens and use a rain water measuring gauge.

Recycling:

  • Crush cans and take to the store for cashing. Buy plants or bird seed.
  • Have a recycle center for items for art projects. Ask parents to bring different kinds of items for different projects, ex. instruments, bird feeders, art projects.
  • Cooperate with the city recycle program. Have children take tubs to curb. Research what happens to the recycled items.
  • Integrate recycled containers into classroom, ex. containers for parts for an art project

Composting/Worm Farm:

  • Have a compost bin that children can turn or roll.
  • Collect scraps in a small covered bucket that children can work into the compost.
  • Create an area by the compost with soil and humus that the children can put on top of scraps.
  • Have children regularly put compost into the garden.
  • Create a worm farm next to the compost that children feed and put worms into the gardens.
  • Have children pick up worms on the sidewalk and put into the farm or the garden.

Gardening:

  • Have child sized tools stored in an orderly way, possibly only used under supervision.
  • Let children choose the plants they want to put in and tend them.
  • Older children label plants and measure progress.
  • Harvest and share.
  • Read books about gardens in the gardens.

Feeding Wild life:

  • Increase natural plantings that will attract and feed birds, butterflies, etc.
  • Have feeders and a metal container with a scoop so children can help keep the feeders full.
  • Observe wildlife and record observations, study wildlife cycles, footprints.