Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22nd April, since 1970, to express our gratification and affection for our wonderful planet. Our home, Earth, is the only planet we know till date that supports life. This deserves celebrations through meaningful Earth day activities.
Over the years of human evolution, however, there has been immense deterioration in environment. This day is to remind us of our duties towards our planet that we call home.
Earth day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness on environmental issues like deforestation and pollution. Since then, it has evolved to cover deeper issues like clean water, clean air, climate change and global warming.
Every year on April 22nd, people all over the world join hands and pledge to do their bit for their planet. Children have a unique role in protecting the Earth. After all, it is from them that we have borrowed this planet.
Hence, it is essential to inculcate a sense of ownership and responsibility towards Earth in our children, while also educating them with a scientific, hands-on approach. Only then, we can secure the future of our children and this planet.
But while I was going through a list of crafts and to-dos for Earth’s day, it dawned on me that we might be just doing Earth a favour by giving all paper crafts a skip and rather doing some real meaningful activities. Adopting ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle‘ and ‘NO PLASTIC‘ as our mantra, we are all set to help our planet.
Here is our list of meaningful activities that will help protect our wonderful planet.
Earth day activities
DIY t-shirt Bag
Plastic is a major problem and one of our top concerns for the environment. So we decided to keep a cloth bag handy in our cars so whenever we go shopping we can say NO to plastic bags. This resolution got us to make our own no-sew bags from an old t-shirt.
We love planting seeds and right now the season is just right. So instead of buying a new pot, we decided to recycle a coconut shell. It’s really easy-peasy. All you need is to buy a tender coconut, relish the refreshing water (we prefer pouring it in a glass rather than using a straw) and then scrape the mouth so its big enough to fit in your fingers. Once you have done that, pour in some soil and plant that seed right in.
Repurpose broken crayons
Instead of buying those double shade fancy pencils, recycle old broken crayons. What is even more exciting is that you get to customize the shape and color combinations. All you need to do is take of the cover, add the desired color combinations in silicon mold and put them in the oven for 10-15mins at 200 degree Fahrenheit. Allow them to cool and pop them out.
Reuse Old Art files and notebooks
We hate wasting paper. After the end of every academic session, we are left with a lot of half used drawing and craft books. Some had black pages while the other ones had work only on one side. Same goes for the notebooks. So I sat down with my son, opened the binder and asked him to do the sorting for me. I want him to learn the essence of this project. He was quite curious and like any 5year old asked why he should draw on black spaces of the paper instead of a new sheet. And that was exactly the question I was waiting for! I explained him how paper is made from trees and for new paper we need to cut more trees and that means less oxygen. Now living in a capital, my son is all too aware of the air pollution and got the point quickly.
Make use of the Vegetable waste
Every household generates a pile of vegetable waste daily. So instead of putting it into MCD bin, we decided to feed it to the cows. All the peels, stale breads, waste food now go into this special bin which we then take to the cow shed.
While these activities are great for children, we also need to help them think of their role in saving the planet.
Earth Day STEM Challenge Cards is one thought provoking way to help them think how they can do their bits to help the Earth . These small doable challenges will compel your children to think out of the box and realize how every effort counts. Plus, these Challenge Cards are a lot of fun!
What could possibly be better than having little children take the role of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to save the Earth! Once the little ones lead the way, grown-ups are bound to follow!