Family-friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd.

Of course, there are things we can do year-round to care for our planet. Here you can find a huge list of ideas to do just that: 50 Simple Ways to Love Our Planet.

But on Earth Day, we take time to appreciate our amazing planet and to recognize our role as its stewards.

Here is just a sampling of things you can do as a family to show our planet some love.

Family-friendly Hands-on Projects

1) Make DIY seed bombs 

2) Make a terrarium using a jar or an empty plastic bottle

A terrarium is a fun way to bring the outdoors in
A terrarium is a fun way to bring the outdoors in. The cool part is that as long as you add some water to the jar and place it in a sunny location, you can put the lid on the jar and it will create its own biosphere.

3) Discover how air pressure relates to the weather by making a homemade barometer

4) Grab some trash bags and some gloves and pick up trash in your neighborhood

Family Picking up Litter in Their Neighborhood
Family Picking up Litter in Their Neighborhood

5) Plant a garden from seed or from fruit or vegetable scraps

You can start a garden from seed or even from certain fruit or vegetable scraps.
You can start a garden from seed or even from certain fruit or vegetable scraps.

6) Learn about robins and see if you can spy a robins’ nest

American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird in the thrush family

7) Create a mini version of the water cycle in a bag

It’s so neat to view the water cycle using a plastic bag. You can even make the water you add salty, then taste the water that evaporates. It won’t be salty! Thanks to Inquiring Minds Homeschool for this idea!

8) Make a craft using recycled materials 

9) Start your own compost pile

Compost bin
Every little bit helps!

10) Start a rock collection.  With some simple materials, you can even identify the rocks you find!

11) Go on a nature scavenger hunt.  SO many different ways you can do this!

12) Learn the valuable role earthworms play in the environment and make your own worm farm

Earthworms are wonderful for gardens
Earthworms are wonderful for gardens

13) Discover why fungi are so unique and explore the fungi in your yard (and home!)

Tiny birds nest fungi
Tiny birds nest fungi

14) Go outside and see if you can find all of the letters in your name (or in the entire alphabet) using things you see 

15) Learn why leaves change color in the fall

The Science of Leaves 28 page eBook

Spring is actually the PERFECT time to explore this phenomenon! You can use my free online course on Leaf Science as a guide, or you can subscribe to my Science Simplified Newsletter to get a free 28 page eBook. Directions for hands-on experiments are included.

16) Paint some rocks and hide them around your neighborhood

It’s always a pleasant surprise to find a hidden painted rock

17)  If it’s warm enough for crickets, you can use their chirps to determine the outside temperature

18) Take up bird watching

Child bird watching
Bird-watching isn’t just fun, it’s also good for you!

19) Model how to reduce/reuse/recycle by turning broken crayons into Earth Day crayons

20) If flowers are blooming in your yard, see if you can identify the male and female reproductive organs.  You can also watch and see what types of pollinators are drawn to which flowers.

Labeled parts of a flower

Here are some posts with even more ideas for ways to celebrate Earth Day.

EARTH DAY STEM ACTIVITIES from The Homeschool Scientist

20+ Earth Day Activities to do at Home from Natural Beach Living

30+ Pollution Activities and Environmental Activities for Kids from Natural Beach Living

Innovative Earth Day Activities For Kids from Steam Powered Family


Celebrate Earth Day With These Great Books from Year Round Homeschooling with Misty Leask

How to Plant an Awesome Earth Day Garden by Captivating Compass

I hope you find something in this list that inspires you to spend time with your family and ponder just how amazing our planet is!

3 thoughts on “Family-friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day”

  1. Some great ideas here! I try to get outside and work on our gardens with the kids on Earth Day – as long as there is no snow on the ground, we should be good! We had over a foot on Easter ‍♀️

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