20 Things to Do for Earth Day
Earth Day gives us as parents the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about our wonderful planet. It’s also a great time to make memories! Here are 20 things to do for Earth Day with a focus on outdoorsy fun.
It’s always great to get kids involved in taking better care of our Earth. We can celebrate April 22 by discussing how to live a greener lifestyle and how to save the planet.
Children can learn from an early age to be respectful and responsible with resources and caring for the world around us.
Spend some extra time together with your family and talk about what you love most about your country and others you’ve visited. Discuss scenery, animals, plants, bodies of water, and landforms.
Take some time to talk about your family’s favorite things about being outdoors. Try to make a connection with a fun activity or craft. Here are some suggestions!
Things to Do for Earth Day
As a parent, it feels particularly important to make Earth Day a special time for our kids. After all, if they enjoy our planet and what it has to offer, hopefully they'll take better care of it!
Here are some fun things to do for Earth Day this year.
Plant a Tree!
Each year, Neighborhood Forest offers Free Trees for Kids. Parents can sign up ahead of time through participating schools, libraries, and other organizations.
On another note, you can also register to get a free sapling from Lowes as part of their SpringFest promotion (Subject to availability).
Check out our first-ever quiz here, Earth Day Quiz 2021 - Water, Animals, Plants & More. See if you can pick up a new factoid about our planet or share your favorite fun fact in the comments.
Complete Earth Day Worksheets & Printables.
The kids are sure to love fun worksheets with games or activities to learn about our planet.
Plan a Family Earth Day Picnic Celebration.
Celebrate this eco-friendly holiday with an EPIC Earth Day Picnic! So many beautiful photos here to inspire you.
Go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt!
It's always awesome to see how closely your kids can look at nature and the world around them. Inspire them to do so with a fun Earth Day scavenger hunt!
Plus, an Earth Day scavenger hunt is super memorable for the kids and raises awareness for our world.
This site also offers free printables to get you started!
Create an Earth Day drawing.
Carve out some time for some Earth Day art! Make up your own drawings or work on some ideas you've found that you love.
Even the youngest family members can enjoy some creative time with Earth Day coloring pages.
Earth Day is the perfect time to start a garden if you haven't already done so!
Whether you choose flowers, fruits and veggies, or herbs, now is just fine to make some memories with your kids.
Make an Egg Carton Nature Project for Kids.
Try this neat egg carton nature project, which is just perfect for the pandemic homeschool curriculum or just a fun activity with your kids. Enjoy some time outdoors on Earth Day!
Make a Wildflower Seed Bomb.
You simply cannot go wrong planting things - or planning to plant things - on Earth Day. Try making these lovely wildflower seed bombs to mix creativity with an eco-friendly twist.
Create DIY Earthy Rock and Fossil Fridge Magnets.
My kids would LOVE this! Earthy fridge magnets seem like such a fine fit for Earth Day. In our home, we are obsessed with seashells, so that might even be the path we go. Enjoy!
An airy herb garden on the fence gives Gatorade bottles a new lease on life. My kids STILL talk about making more of these a full year later. 🙂
Make a Peanut Butter Bird Feeder.
We won't be able to do this one since Daddy's allergic, but a DIY bird feeder is an amazing idea for an Earth Day craft! You might be surprised at how many different birds come to visit once they find your birdseed.
Make a Rainbow Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder Craft.
Check out the colors in this rainbow bird feeder! This would be a very fun Earth Day craft to do with the kids. I can see them now, picking out the colors....
Create Bird Seed Ornaments.
Your feathered friends are sure to appreciate this lovely idea for bird seed ornaments. Enjoy making this special birdseed craft for Earth Day.
Have Fun with this Earth Day Nature Bingo Card.
When you're done your Earth Day scavenger hunt, play Nature BINGO. This is sure to be a blast and keeps your kids happy and occupied for even more memories.
Make A DIY Nature Explorer Kit (from a Shoebox!).
What kid doesn't want to be a nature explorer?! Seriously! I think we all need this in our lives to empower our little ones and their natural creativity outdoors.
Try the Greenhouse Effect Experiment.
Create the greenhouse effect in a jar and learn more about how greenhouse gases capture heat leading to climate change in this simple science experiment.
Craft a Wrapped Walking Stick.
This lovely and rustic wrapped walking stick can be a lot of fun to create with your crew. Make sure you save some time for a hike afterwards!
Make Beautiful Land Art With Your Kids.
How pretty! What a fun idea! I never thought to do some of these land art ideas with my kids but now I'm obsessed. The one year we wrote their names in dandelions and it was really fun and cute.
So many awesome possibilities of things to do for Earth Day.
Make Hammered Nature Process Art.
This looks like too much fun! Create your design with flowers and plants and then hammer to release their natural dyes. Get the full scoop here.
This list contains so many wonderful ideas for things to enjoy with your family this time of year and beyond. Take some time to browse through or save the ones you plan to try with your kids.
Better yet, sit your little ones on your lap and let them pick their favorite outdoorsy activity!
Earth Day Quiz – Water, Animals, Plants & More
How well do you know our planet? Test your knowledge and take this interesting Earth Day Quiz for some fun facts about our planet.
How much do you know about Earth Day and its beginnings? What about the planet itself? Here’s a mix bag quiz focusing on Earth Day and topics related to our planet and its lifeforms.
And remember, this day will come and go, but you can do your part to live a green lifestyle *every day*.
Test your knowledge on these neat Earth Day trivia points and then head over to check out our list of Earth Day Activities for the Garden!
As you look for interesting things to do on Earth Day, keep these important topics in mind:
- Natural Resources
- Global Warming
- Natural Disasters
- Bodies of Water
- Water Conservation
- Eco-Friendly Lifestyles
Quick & Fun Earth Day Quiz
Test your mad skills of being eco-conscious and aware of the world around you. Earth’s resources, creatures, and plant life all depend on us to do our part to keep the planet healthy.
Here goes nothing…
#1. Who Founded Earth Day?
#2. When Was the First Earth Day Celebrated?
#3. How Many People Participated in the First Earth Day?
#4. What Percent of the Earth Is Water?
#5. The Earth's Oceans Contain How Much of the World's Water?
#6. How Many Species Are There on Earth?
#7. How Many Tons of Paper, Plastic, Glass, Metal, and Other Resources Are Burned or Buried Annually?
#8. The Demographic Group Targeted to Help Kick Off Earth Day Was...
#9. April 22 Is Known Internationally As....
#10. Earth Day's Inspiration Came From...
#11. What Are the Four Types of Plants Found on Earth?
Select all that apply:
Hey, great job! We hope you enjoyed this simple little Earth Day Quiz!
Hopefully you learned something new. If you think it’s too easy – definitely let us know in the comments so we can make it harder next year!
More Earth Day Quizzes
Still hungry for more facts and trivia about the planet? Check out these quizzes from the smartie pantses over at these awesome organizations:
See how much you know about our planet and living a greener lifestyle! Earth Day Quizzes offer an educational experience for the whole family.
Final Thoughts: Fun Things to Celebrate the Planet
Now that you have some ideas of fun things to do for Earth Day, take it a step further. Focus on what each person in the family can do to save the planet.
Do an earthy craft, snack, and recycling project. Make a list of ideas with the kids. Take lots of photos and celebrate with planet Earth cookies.
While Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year, it’s still wonderful to be connected to our world any time. This list will be live all year long. Be sure to come back and try the rest of these activities all throughout the year!
By the way, as you plan for some outdoor fun, you might also like to check out our post on more Earth Day Activities for the Garden! It’s full of gardening activities to enjoy in honor of our wonderful planet.
What are your favorite things to do for Earth Day? Please share some in the comments below so we can all chat and work together to make our planet the best it can be.
01.22.23 – Updated to consolidate with Quiz.
Thank you for including our land art. You have listed so many great ideas for families.
My pleasure – your land art looks like so much fun! We can’t wait to try it. Thanks for your kind words and support!