Are you looking for Earth Day activities to partake in this year? Then look no further, we have put together 6 easy activities for adults, kids, and kids at heart.
Join the celebration the year of the over 192 countries that celebrate Earth Day every year. Earth day is currently one of the most popular and one of the largest secular civic days across the globe.
The day is supported by over 17,000 environmentalist groups and the largest Earth Day to date was in 2007 when major world cities celebrated the topic of overpopulation of the earth.
What do you know about Earth Day? Will this be your first year celebrating it or partaking in Earth Day-themed events? Not sure what you can do this earth day?
Explore the earth day activities below that you and your family can take part in as we try to give back to mother earth, to protect her, to support her so that our children and our children’s children will continue to call it home.
What is earth day?
Earth Day is an international annual event that is celebrated in the month of April each year. Earth Day was first celebrated in the year 1970. On this day we come together to celebrate and increase awareness of the state of the earth and the effects of pollution.
The focus is put on the earth and how we can be better caretakers of the earth which we were blessed to be bestowed with. On Earth Day, messages and activities surround the following:
- Care, protection and restoration of the earth
- Energy Conservation
- Ecosystems Conservation
- Climate Change
- Nuclear Issues
- Soil Corrosion
- Depletion of the Ozone Layer
- Soil Corruption
- Ocean Pollution
- Depletion of the natural resources of the earth
- Waste management
- Land Debris
- Deforestation of Rain Forests
- Introduction of Waste into Seas
- Introduction of Waste into the Wilderness
- Deforestation and so much more.
When is earth day?
Earth day has been designated to be celebrated on April 22 annually. The United Nations has designated this day as International Mother Earth Day.
The event was originally celebrated on March 21 each year to coincide with Spring Equinox. There is a notion that the April 22 date was selected with colleges in mind as the date fell between exams and spring break.
3 Earth Day Activities For Preschool
Earth Day Themed Lava Lamp
This is a quick and easy project that won’t take up too much of your time or your finances to pull off. All the things you need for this experiment are probably already at home so it is a great last-minute option. If you ended up searching for earth day activities on the day of.
You will need:
- Cooking Oil
- Food Coloring – preferably blue or green in keeping with the Earth Day theme
- One or 2 transparent glass jars or drinking glasses
- One Alka Seltzer tablet for each glass you choose to have
Mason Jar Aquarium / Oceans in a Bottle
This is another quick and easy project for both the home or the classroom. All you need are some plastic bottles, water, a bit of blue food coloring and some sea creatures.
This is one of those very versatile and customizable earth day activities. If you don’t have any sea creatures you can cut some out of felt or other craft paper and glue to the outside of the bottle.
If you want to get a bit fancier and have sand on hand as well as actual toy sea creatures and plants you can make these in a Mason jar and input the sand and sea creatures and plants into the water.
Water Color Earth
This is an activity where the kids will get involved and it involves the use of paint so it is possible things may get messy but it will all be in good fun. For this earth day activity you will need;
- Blue and Green paint
- Paper towels/sponge
- Containers to place paint mixture in
Simply cut the cardboard into circles and mix a little paint with water. Place the mixture into a wide rimmed container that will be easy for the kids to dip their sponges or paper towels into. Then all then need to do is dab on the colors.
3 Earth Day Activities for Adults
Plant a tree
This will be easier for some than others. But if you can’t physically plant a tree the great news is that you can make a contribution with Plant-A-Thon to have a tree planted on your behalf.
If you can plant a tree but have no space you can check to see if they will be having an event in your area and attend it so you can get your hands dirty this earth day.
We are constantly taking the earth’s resources and by putting them back we can ensure a future for our children and their children.
Make a Bird Feeder
This is a nice activity choice if you want to involve the entire family. You can give back to mother earth this earth day by making it a little easier for a friendly bird to get a meal in your backyard or from your patio or balcony.
This activity is super easy and all you need is a soda bottle and chances are you have one of those ready to throw out any day now. This earth day activity is a great way to give back to creatures of the earth and also provides a way to reuse a plastic container which makes it a win-win activity.
Join a cleanup party
On this day, adults from all over the world will be joining together to clean up their communities. If you can’t find a cleanup party then start one within your community!
Joining together to clean up your community, sidewalk, street, school, etc. is not only good for the environment but good for yourself too. You will get exercise, talk to friends, and do good for the planet!
Bonus: Watch Schoolhouse Rock
Reminisce on your younger years of earth day activities and celebrations by watching an oldie but goodie; Schoolhouse Rock. Make it a family affair by watching it with your spouse and kids as you create your very own Earth Day Celebration tradition and help your kids to understand your experiences as a child with Earth Day.
The best part is you can watch this at any time so you can’t use the excuse of not having the time or of being too tired to partake in Earth Day Activities.