Earth Day is celebrated globally each year with the aim of building the world’s largest environmental movement. The first Earth Day was held in 1970, and has grown each year. This year due to the coronavirus lockdown, events have turned online to prevent further spread of the virus.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
There are plenty of activities aimed at educating and raising awareness which everyone can do at home.
More than 175 countries across the world celebrate Earth Day, making it the largest environmental event.
If you’re looking for some fun Earth Day inspired activities and crafts to do with children, below are five ideas.
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1. Tin Can drums
What you will need for Mini Tin Can Drums:
- small tin cans
- paint and paint brush
- 20 inch balloons, one per can
- craft glue or hot glue is best (adult only)
First wash and dry your tin cans, removing the label.
Then paint them, decorating however you like. You can add glitter, sequins or fabric for an extra twist. Even try and have an Earth Day theme if you want. Let the paint the paint dry completely.
Cut the balloon with scissors, about where it starts to get big around the base. Then stretch your balloon over the tin can, if it has trouble staying in place you can use glue or tape.
With glue, add your ribbon to the seam of your balloon. This will help glue the balloon in place as well as glue on the ribbon.
Now for the drum sticks. You can use paper tubes, pencils, and paintbrushes. If you rub your drum sticks rub down the sides of the tin this can make a great sound too.
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2. Make a bug hotel
You will need
- a large plastic bottle cut into two cylinders,
- pine cones,
- anything else you can find
Cut your bottle down to size, cutting off the top and bottom to leave two cylinders.
Arrange the materials inside your bottle by size, you can snap the sticks to make them smaller if you want. Leave little nooks and crannies for the bugs to live in!
You can hang up your bug hotel from a tree, or leave them on the ground to see what type of insects you can find.
3. Oil spill clean up experiment
You will need
- 2 pans
- Vegetable Oil
- Dish Soap
- Paper Towels
- Cotton Balls
First, fill the pan or tray half full with water.
Then pour oil into the water.
Next, try different ways to clean up the oil – cotton balls, paper towels, spoon etc.
Lastly, try adding the dish soap to the pan.
For a fun twist, you can use food colouring to represent any chemicals trapped inside the oil.
4. Newspaper Earth collage
- You will need
First, cut a piece of cardboard for your square background which is around 12 inches by 14 inches.
Then cut a circle out of cardboard which is around 10 inches in diameter. Stick this circle onto the square background.
Use a pencil to draw the world onto your circle, kids can even do this themselves copying from a picture.
Using the magazines find blue and green colours for the earth. Kids can choose a background colour for the rest of the square out of the magazine clippings.
First stick the blue ocean colours down, leaving room for the earth pieces. Then add the green coloured magazine pieces to complete your earth.
One fun thing you can do is make a little flag out of paper and a toothpick – and pop it onto the earth where your home is.
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