Earth day activities: grow a meadow indoors!

Are you planning any Earth Day activities on April 22nd? Celebrated around the world, Earth Day is a great time to pause and reflect the impact you, your kids and your family have on the earth.

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Last year we carried out an eco-audit of our play, looking at simple but effective ways we could align our activities with the ideas of reducing, re-using and recycling.

We’re joining in with the Earth Day Celebrations hosted by Mommy Labs and Greening Sam and Avery to bring you a blog hop bursting with ideas you can use to celebrate Earth Day with your kids. Have a browse around the blog hop at the end of this post to find ideas for art, crafts, games, activities and positive action your family can take to go a little greener this month. First though, here’s what the NurtureStore girls came up with as an Earth Day play idea: we grew an indoor meadow!

Earth Day activities: grow a meadow indoors!

earth day activities - grow an indoor meadow for pretend play farm and dinosaur land

What started out as a slightly crazy idea turned out to be rather genius and has been a huge hit with the children. We live on the edge of a city and have a small urban garden. We grow lots of flowers, fruit and vegetables in the garden – as well as running a School Gardening Club – but the one thing our house is missing is a lawn. We had a lawn in a previous home (and I have to say I don’t miss all the mowing) and we’re blessed with having excellent local parks on our doorstep, but, to celebrate Earth Day, we came up with the idea of grown our own  small world meadow – to play with indoors and out.

earth day activtiesWe started by filling a seed tray with compost and watering it. We wanted a meadow that was big enough for the girls to use as a small world play area but something which was small enough so it was very easy to bring inside.

earth day activties We measured out our grass seeds (according to the seed packet instructions) and sprinkled it over the compost – in horizontal and vertical lines to ensure good coverage.

earth day activties As we knew our seed bed would be too tempting for our pesky cat, we placed the seed tray in our mini greenhouse and waited for the grass seeds to sprout. The girls checked the seeds everyday and in just over a week they had begun to grow. And they grew and grew and grew until….

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we had a beautiful, verdant meadow, which the girls have played and played with. It’s such a sensory little world for them to use – so green and wonderful to touch. It’s been next to our fairy garden for a while…

earth day activties until the dinosaurs moved in and the fairies fled to safety.

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(This photo makes me laugh.I don’t know why the goat is so cross, but my husband says is looks like an episode of Lost.)

earth day activities And of course the miniature meadow has been inside too.  L especially loves to lie on her tummy and play here with her little creatures. She has the animals chat away to each other and sends them off for adventures in the tall grass. The meadow’s in need of a haircut now – time to bring out the scissors!

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More Earth Day activities

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day with your children? Will you grown some seeds with your children, make a junk model toy, turn rubbish into plant pots? For inspiration take a browse through the ideas in this Earth Day blog hop.


  1. says

    Cathy, I LOVE this idea! It’s like bringing the earth inside your home in small bits :-)
    I’m sure we’re going to do this activity. Thank you for participating with such a heartfelt project!

  2. Mansi says

    I love the indoor meadow. It’s so green and inviting to say the least. It’s a must do for me.

  3. says

    This is so fun. I love that it can be brought inside. I have to say, if I mowed the lawn, this is how big it would have to be!! Luckily, I have a husband who loves his yard and will mow it anytime 😉

  4. says

    LOL, Lost! I agree with your hubby. I’m going to save this for a winter activity, and I might have to bring it to the library for our playdates.

  5. says

    I absolutely love this post…and i see the Lost similarity lol! So much inspiration here! Thanks for sharing (and of course hosting!) with the Kid’s Co-Op!!

  6. Jen Fischer says

    I love this. Such a cool idea. Since our yard is mainly dirt or wood chips, this would be a fun thing for us to make and keep outside, even — maybe as a science experiment to see how long it would take the gophers to eat the meadow up!

  7. Adele- playfullearners says

    A great idea for small world play thank you for linking up to Gardening Adventure

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