Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Activities for Children

April 22nd is Earth Day. Earth Day is celebrate annually on April 22nd to demonstrate support of environmental protection.  In preschool we talk about ways we can help the world.  We also get crafty. One thing about preschool we know how to recycle and reuse!  Trash is some of our favorite crafting materials.  Here are a few activities we are doing this year for Earth Day.

Coffee Filter Earth's

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  • coffee filters
  • food coloring blue and green
  • 2 cups 
  • water
  • paintbrushes or droppers
Add a few drops of blue food coloring to a small amount of water in a cup.  Do the same in a second cup with the green.   Have the children use the paint brushes or droppers to add blue and green to the coffee filter to make their own version of the Earth. 
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You can also make these with water color markers. Have the children color them and then spray them with a water bottle to let the colors run.

Water Bottle Greenhouses 

  • 2 - water  bottles , or soda bottles 
  • scissors
  • soil
  • tape or glue
  • seedling or plant
1. Your going to cut 2 (2 liter) bottles in half.
2.  Take the lid from one water bottle and poke holes in it. This will be for drainage later. 
3.    Take the top half of one bottle and place it spout down into the wider base part of  one of your bottles. (see pic) You want this to be the lid that has the holes in it.
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4.  Secure the two parts with either glue or duct tape.  I used duct tape but either works.
5.   Add your soil and seed or small plant now. We planted started squash seeds today.
6.  Now take your 2nd water bottle top. Push the sides in slightly and this will slide into the other bottle.  I took another piece of tape and secured it here just to have things nice and tight.

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7. Place it in a window or area it will get some sunshine.  Your seed should take off pretty quickly and since the bottle is clear you should be able to see what the roots do.  I'll post an update when ours start growing so you can see =)

We're also going to be working on our Spring Garden more outside this week weather permitting.  What Earth Day activities do you have planned? 

You Might also Like these past Earth Day Projects:

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