Earth day is a day to honor our planet and it is important to teach our children what our planet has to offer and how we can help conserve it for future generations.
We’ve put together a fun list of activities you and your child can do together to commemorate our planet and its resources:
- Plant a flower, bush, garden or tree
- One of the most hands-on things you can do with your child to celebrate Earth Day is plant a plant. If your child loves flowers or a certain fruit take them to a local garden store where they can pick their favorite to take home. This is a great way to introduce your child to the concept of “Farm to Table.”
- Feed wildlife
- Take a nice stroll through the neighborhood or at a local park and bring some birdseed or bread to feed the birds you encounter. Your little one will love it!
- Taking a trip to the Zoo or Safari Park and visiting the Children’s Zoo or Petting Zoo is also a great way to introduce them to different animals and allow them to feed and pet them.
- Read a book
- Read a nature-related book with your little one. Children will love learning about the earth and how we can conserve it with books such as The Lorax by Dr. Seuss or The EARTH Book by Todd Parr.
- Attend Earth Fair 2019
- San Diego Earth Works is once again hosting their annual Earth Fair on Sunday April 28th at Balboa Park from 10am-5pm. The event is free to all and will host an environmental fair, food, and lots of fun activities for all.
- Create recycle bins and teach your little one which household items and contains can be recycled, composted or trashed. This activity can be continued throughout the year and will help teach sorting skills while making your home environmentally friendly.
There is plenty to do to celebrate our planet Earth, take time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day Coloring Page
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt:
Healthy Dirt Cup Recipe:
- 4 strawberries
- 6 chocolate wafer cookies
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Coarsely chop cookies in a food processor. Set aside.
- Whisk egg, condensed milk, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 7 to 9 minutes.
- Remove from heat; add chocolate and vanilla, whisking until the chocolate melts. Transfer to a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To assemble dirt cups, divide the pudding between four ½-cup containers. Top each container with one heaping tablespoon of cookie crumbs and 1 strawberry.
- Tip: For a variation, cut strawberry into small cubes and place between layers of pudding.
- To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate pudding for up to 3 days.