Yesterday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Teaching my sons to love the Earth, their home, is a no brainer to me. Why wouldn’t you want to keep your home safe and clean? There is so much beauty and wonder on our beautiful planet!
We started off our lesson by watching PBS Learning’s Earth Day clip. I even learned things about Earth Day that I didn’t know about!
Earth Day Activities
Hanging Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Materials needed: pine cone, bird seed, peanut butter, string
For this project, all you need to do is spread peanut butter on the pine cones. Then roll the pine cones in the bird seed and wrap some string around the pine cone to create a hanger. The whole activity took less than 15 minutes.
Once the pine cones were ready, we hung them out in the backyard for the birds to enjoy.
Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
Before lunch, we headed outdoors for a walk around the neighborhood. We are lucky to live on a canyon that is basically right in our backyard. I included a little scavenger hunt on our nature walk.
We looked for leaves, flowers, trees, rocks, clouds and other things. We found most of them. However, we were not able to find a single cloud in the sky. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather yesterday.
We even saw some wildlife on our walk, including insects, a bunny and a lizard. I didn’t get any photos of them because they were too fast for me.
I love that we are still able to enjoy a bit of the outdoors while we are staying at home during this pandemic.
Music and Movement
We had three songs to listen to for music and movement. We learned about recycling, ways to go green and why we should love our planet.
For storytime, we read three stories celebrating our amazing planet and Earth Day:
We love our Earth and hope we can share it together again with our friends soon!
* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm.