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So, now onto another great way you could celebrate Earth Day!
It isn't tree planting time yet in our area, still too many days of frost and no leaves on the trees. But we are gearing up for planting season with some tree planting books.
Sid the Science Kid is a great science based show that my kids love and last year after Earth Day I found this book. There is a ton of great information about dirt in there, presented in a way that little ones can understand. Plus the activities that the kids do in school, in the book, are really neat and ones that I would like to try when the girls are a bit older!
The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore is a style of book that I just love! They have bigger text at the top of each page that is rhyming, tells the story and presents the story in a way that is appropriate for young kids. But then along the sides of the pages there is more information about the trees, the people and the real story. I love that a parent could get this book and read have it work for both a younger child and an older child!
If you need more ideas for nature related books to read on Earth Day head over to Must See Children's Books for LOTS of great ideas.
Let's get this celebration started!! Earth Day is just 12 days away and I want to pack in as much play, learning, crafting and celebrating the Earth as I can!
We got started today with a craft project with our friends. It was a super simple project today and just filled a few minutes of our outdoor play time and then a few minutes inside while the moms made dinner but there is a ton of variations, expansions, etc. that could be done with this basic idea.
The kids started with some bare trees drawn on a piece of paper. I asked the kids what was missing and then we headed out to collect some items they could use to create the branches, flowers, seeds and leaves that the trees needed.
For the two 2 year olds I did the gluing for them.
And then they just added whatever materials they wanted.
For the three 4 year olds I let them do all the work themselves.
They turned out pretty cute and if the kids were not excited to move onto other playing and activities they probably would have spent a lot more time on this.
You could take this idea and create any kind of natural image or animal and then have your child decorate it with natural items they found. Outside time collecting small items from nature and then using them for a craft project that your child can keep are great ways to celebrate Earth day! It gets your kids close to nature, noticing small fun items and the creating something to help them remember their time outside. Do this activity with a group of friends and it can become a real party!
Ready to share some of your ideas for how to celebrate Earth Day? I am super excited to hear what you all will be up to with your little ones this month. If you are in need of ideas you can check out my first earth day celebrations post or head over to my co-host's blog, Mommy Labs.
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