So, what happens on Earth Day?
Every year on April 22nd, more than 1 billion people in over 192 countries take part in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world! Whether that means world leaders taking part in discussions about new environmental policies, or kids in schools learning about recycling and habitat preservation – every little bit helps.
The Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act have all been passed as a result of the work of the Earth Day Network (EDN). Projects being worked on today include The Canopy Project – planting trees to help communities and protect natural lands; The Campaign to Protect the Asian Elephant – launching a three year campaign to reduce elephant death rates from railway accidents, poaching, and reduction in habitat; and The Green Cities Campaign – working to decrease climate change emissions which come from buildings by bringing in innovative energy efficient practices.
What can your family do to help?
Of course we wouldn’t just stand back and let everyone else get their hands dirty, so we’ve found our favourite Earth Day activities to get involved in, and as always we’ve got some tasty treats to make to round off the day!
Crisp packets are one of the main offenders when it comes to littering, so we’ve found a way to give them a new lease of life which is also a fun experiment for the kids! (We found a few posts about this activity, and it’s worth noting that non-foil packets work best). Get all the family to save their packets over the week and
Get shrinking here!
Earth Day is so huge now that even our friends in space want to come and see what all the fuss is about! This awesome alien spaceship craft is so cheap and easy but there are so many cool ways to make each one different with glitter, paint, stickers – whatever you can find!
Get crafty here!
Litter Critter Magnets
We didn’t find a how-to on these little guys but it would be loads of fun going on a walk and finding stones, string, bottle tops, sticks and whatever other fun things you can pick up (remember to wear some gloves and give everything a wash when you’re home). You can then start gluing, painting and creating to make your cute Litter Critters! We’d glue magnets to the back and stick them on the fridge as a reminder about reusing and recycling.
Now it’s time for the tasty bit!
Hopefully you’ll all be crafted out by now and ready for some Earth Day treats – we definitely will be! We’ve got something sweet, something gross (but very yummy!), and something just plain cool 🙂
We love how every cookie turns out different just by pressing together different patterns of blue and green dough! The recipe is in cups but there’s a converter here.
Get baking here!
This is definitely one for the boys to get messy with! It’s so simple and makes a great treat if it’s a warm day outside – if not, you can always swap the ice cream for Angel Delight.
Get messy here!
If you want to keep the sweet stuff to a minimum, why not try these awesome tie dye Earth eggs?! Another one for the budding scientists out there, this experiment uses all edible ingredients so you can snack on them when you’re finished ooh-ing and aww-ing!
Get dying here!
Are your little ones inspired?
We hope we’ve given you everything you need for a fun-filled Earth Day, and that we’ve helped spread the word of the EDN. Who knows, you might have a future member right in front of you! If your kids have been inspired by Earth Day, we’ve got a brilliant range of eco-inspired t-shirts, bags, and mugs to help them spread the word and save the world…