19 Apr Celebrate Earth Day with These Educational Crafts
For those who yearn for a clean, sustainable environment—like EcoPlay Structures—Earth Day is the perfect time to educate the kid in all of us on the benefits of a healthy environment and how we can take care of mother earth.
April 22nd marks the 49th time we’ll celebrate Earth Day in America, with the first coming in 1970. The annual celebration was spearheaded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin who, after visiting the site of a major oil spill in California in 1969, came up with the idea of a national day to honor — and protect — our planet.
The first ever Earth Day saw 20 million Americans come out to parks and other public gathering areas to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. Today, Earth Day is observed around the globe, with world leaders holding special events to promote the cause.
Now, we all can’t attend fancy events put on by world leaders, but we can do our part at home or in our schools to promote sustainable, healthy practices. We wanted to share some fun activities for the whole family — or classroom — that are easy to do, fun, and educational.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
We all have a part to play in keeping the environment healthy and strong, and this Earth Day activity is a first step in educating children on how they can help. For this activity you’ll need the following items:
- Gather paper, plastic, metal, and glass garbage
- 4 sorting bins (these can be old boxes, plastic boxes, or something similar)
- or picture of Earth
Once you’ve gotten all of your pieces, all you have to do is cut out the labels from page 3 of the Earth Day recycling activity and tape one of them to the front of each bin. Next, have children put various pieces of garbage onto their paper plate Earth crafts (or pictures of Earth) and explain to them that what we throw away typically stays on our planet for a long time. After the short “lesson,” have the children take the garbage off of the plates and sort them into the specific bins.
Afterward, we encourage you to visit your local playground or park and put what you’ve learned into action! By working together to help clean up garbage left behind at a favorite community playground, your children will learn the importance of both volunteering their time and protecting the environment.
It’s Amazing What You Can Do with Milk Jugs
Did you know EcoPlay Lumber® is made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE; like milk jugs, food containers and soap bottles recycled? It’s true! Our lumber material also has a 50-year warranty. While we think making our structures out of recycled milk jugs is pretty cool, that’s not the only thing you can do with them. You can also REUSE your milk jugs at home in a variety of ways.
Check out this fun milk jug planter project, which can be done with the following items:
- Milk jugs
- Flower seeds
All you need to do is follow three simple steps. First, wash the jugs and cut them in half, just below the handle. Second, pile your rocks — these can be found in most yards for free — in the bottom of the jug, about an inch deep, and add soil to cover the top of the rocks. Lastly, sprinkle the seeds onto the dirt, water, and place outside in the sun.
As another fun Earth Day activity, we’ve created this free printable color sheet just for you! We’d love to see your finished artwork. Please share photos with us using #EcoPlayEarthDay.
For more than 20 years, EcoPlay has been used to construct commercial playground equipment which cultivates #PlanetFriendlyFun. The footprint we leave in the planet is important to us, which is why we produce a quality product that lasts for decades with materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. We hope you have a wonderful Earth Day, and you can take time to reflect on what it means to have a healthy environment. And please don’t hesitate to contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our products.