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Earth Day is only a few short days away! It’s a time when our communities share a like-minded cause of remembering to care for and cherish our Earth.
Earth Day came about after six years of effort from then-Senator Gaylord Nelson, who, back in the 1960s, had the foresight to look at the long-term impact of pollution on the environment. He was instrumental in getting his message out to college students, who took this issue on with concern and enthusiasm for this project. Earth Day became a National Awareness day on January 20, 1970, with the date set for celebration as April 22 of every year. In 2007, it is estimated that one billion people recognized Earth Day in some way.
Internationally, Earth Day is celebrated at different times, in approximately 175 countries. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed in the spring; in the southern hemisphere, Earth Day is observed in the fall.
There is a multitude of ways to celebrate this very special day from planting a tree, reading Earth Day-related books to be “screen-free” for a day. Many parents, teachers, and caregivers also love the opportunity to deepen the understanding and wonder of this great planet we live on through activity and play. Below is a roundup of many wonderful activities and crafts from moms and earth lovers just like you and me. Enjoy!
Earth Month Scavenger Hunt from Kc Edventures
Earth Day Printable Pack from Encouraging Moms at Home
Free Recycling Crushes Exercises for Kids from Christina Chitwood
Free Mini Earth Day Pack from 3Dinosaurs
Earth Day Action Reminder Cards from Cutting Tiny Bites
DIY Garden Seed Markers with Printables from Merriment Design
Free Earth Day Learning Pack from 3Dinosaurs
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Activity with Printable from A Little Pinch of Perfect
Free Earth Day Playdough Mats from 3Dinosaurs
Earth Coloring Page from What We Do All Day?
Free Earth Day Math Printable Worksheets for Kids from iGame Mom
Earth Day Printable I Spy Activity from The Moments at Home
Earth Day Worksheet from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
Earth Day ABC Order from Books and Giggles
Earth Day It’s Time to Recycle Game from Teach with Me
Printable Earth Outlines and Shape Books from A to Z Teacher Stuff
Printable Recycling Game from Adventure in a Box
Pollution and Solution Cards from Every Star is Different
Recycling Do-a-Dot Printable from Living Montessori Now
The day is observed to make all of us aware of our responsibilities towards our mother earth. Mother Earth is our greatest friend but we earthlings behave as if we are the masters. The earth supports us in every way imaginable. It gives us the atmosphere to breathe, the water to drink, and food to eat. It gives us thousands of varieties of plants and it gives us the place to make our home. The earth gives its all to us without any protest, April 22nd is a day (and it shouldn’t be the ONLY day) that we can give back to Mother Earth. Reconnecting with nature is the best way to remind yourself why we’re fighting so hard to protect it.