10 Earth Day Kids Activities to do This Year

by Tonya Staab
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Here are 10 Earth Day kids activities that they can do to show their love for the earth. They’ll love learning about nature and giving back.

Kids doing earth day rubbings with pine needles.

Teach your children about recycling, the beauty that surrounds us every day, and make their lives a little greener.

Note: This article was originally written by me for the website, Rusty and Rosy, however it is currently offline.


Have your kids decorate boxes or bins to separate recycling from trash. Teach them which items can be placed in recycling bins. They will love earning a little extra cash by separating cans and bottles and exchanging them for money at a local recycling center. You can also start a composting area at home.


Look for an organization in your area that hosts regular beach or park clean-ups. Sign up to volunteer and spend a few hours collecting trash and recycling. Don’t forget your gloves and a couple of buckets. Afterward, reward the kids with a play at the park or beach they’ve been cleaning up.

Get into the garden

Plant a tree, herbs, fruit and vegetables, and weather-tolerant plants that don’t need to be watered often.  Kids will love growing, caring for, and eating fruit and vegetables they grow themselves. Planting a tree will provide natural shade in the summer and they help clean the air we breathe.

Go on a nature hunt

Can your kids identify the birds, wildlife, plants, and trees in your area? Put together a nature hunt and let them learn outdoors. Have them mark off each item as they find it, or take photographs so they can create a nature book when they get home about what they observed. Take paper and a crayon and do bark and leaf rubbings along the way. We’ve outlined 20 ways kids can learn outdoors in nature.

Host a book swap

Kids love books, they also love to read new books, whether it be borrowing from their school or local library, or begging you to purchase new books for them.  Have them gather together books they don’t read anymore, invite friends over who have done the same, and swap books.  Provide water, healthy snacks, and storytime for the kids.

Earth Day kids crafts

Raid the recycling bin for bottles, boxes, cartons, paper rolls, and whatever else your kids can find to make fun recycled crafts.

Learn about wildlife and plants

Visit a nature center, Wildlife Park, State or National Park.  Pop into the visitor center to learn more about what you will find in the area, ask if they offer guided hikes which is the perfect way to learn more about the wildlife and plants you might otherwise overlook. You can also learn all about butterflies and caterpillars by watching their metamorphosis at home. We also have another fun day where you can teach kids all about owls.

Eat clean

Spend an entire day eating clean. No junk food, no pre-packaged food. Shop at a local farm, or farmer’s market for organic produce. Once you’ve started, you may not be able to stop.

Read Earth Day books

  • The Earth Book, by Todd Parr
  • Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel
  • The Adventures of an Aluminum Can, by Alison Inches
  • I Can Save the Earth, by Alison Inches
  • The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
  • Earth Day Every Day, by Lisa Bullard
  • The Magic Schoolbus, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
  • The Three R’s: Reduse, Reuse, Recycle, by Nuria Roca

Make bird feeders

Bird feeders for your yard can be as simple as rolling pine cones or paper rolls in peanut butter and seeds.  Hang them outside and watch the birds come. You could also make our popsicle stick bird feeders.

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1 comment

Harmony B April 22, 2013 - 9:41 am

Lots of great ideas & great ways for the kids to be hands on


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