Earth Day activities for children
Earth Day is observed each year on April 22nd. It is a day to focus on our planet and to take action to improve the environment, fight against pollution and live more in partnership with a healthy Earth.
Earth Day was first started in 1970 and since then over one billion people in over 190 countries have taken part.
In our Earth Day activities we will build stronger links between ourselves and our planet. The lessons encourage children to get to know and connect with the environment around them, so they understand that ‘nature’ isn’t something out there we go and visit sometimes – we are nature!
We are part of the planet’s ecosystem and our actions can have both a negative and positive effect on the world.
This article is part of our World Festivals Lessons Plans.
Ready-made Earth Day Unit
The easiest way to teach is with our ready-made Earth Day Unit which you can download from our ad-free membership area, the Play Academy. Join us in the Play Academy and you’ll have instant access to over 50 ready-made teaching units covering math, science, literacy, nature, arts & crafts, world culture and wellbeing. See more details and choose your first unit here.
How to celebrate Earth Day with children
If you would like to DIY your Earth Day programme you can use these resources from NurtureStore:
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Introduce your children to teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg and invite them to make their own pledge to take action on a matter that they are passionate about.
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Use these ready-made lesson plans for forest school art activities to take art outdoors and create art projects using natural materials.
More garden and nature activities for children
Forest school activities
Dive into NurtureStore’s index of forest school activities. Here you will find a ready-made nature curriculum, forest school lesson plans and free printables for teaching forest-school style lessons
Garden activities for children
Here you will find a wealth of ideas to connect your children to the planet through gardening and to give them a rich nature-based curriculum to learn from.
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