Earth Day Celebration!

April 22 marks the annual celebration of Earth Day, which is the world’s most widely observed non-religious holiday. Earth Day was instituted in 1970 to increase awareness of our environment and how we can best protect it. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day including setting up a recycling program at home, school, or work, planting a garden, going green (for a day or hopefully even longer), picking up garbage in parks or along roads, and generally being kind to the environment.
Now is a good time to talk with your child about eco-friendly habits, including reducing, reusing, and recycling. We can help our environment by doing all three at school and at home.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Talk with your child about what it means to recycle and why it’s important. Ask her to help you clean the recyclable objects and place them in the recycling bin.
  • Three-year-olds—Find objects in your house that you can reuse. For example, you can reuse plastic bottles to make sensory bottles by filling the bottles with colored liquid and interesting small objects and sealing the bottles closed with glue or tape.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—One fun way to celebrate Earth Day with your family is to reuse recyclable materials to design an original piece of artwork. There is an emerging collection of artists who use sustainable or recyclable materials to create sculptures or pictures, including Jane Perkins, Robert Bradford, Leo Sewell, and Rodney “Rodrigo” McCoubrey. Look at pictures of some of their artwork. Then, use recyclable materials you have lying around at home to make your own “green” creations. Don’t forget to share pictures with us of what you made!

Skills Supported: ecology, conservation, recycling, creative expression, fine motor skills (drawing, cutting, gluing)