Friday, April 24, 2015

Earth Day Celebration

 We've spent the last few weeks doing Earth Day related activities (read more about our activities from last week here) so the kids were well prepared and very eager for our Earth Day Celebration! We've been reading several books about Earth Day to help explain it to the little ones. The kid's favorite Earth Day books have been Little Critter, Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration, How To Help The Earth, and The Earth Book. Here's some of our Earth Day Celebration activities that were great for the 2 to 4 years old crowd:

 Green and blue "Earth" shaving cream was a hit! The kids also painted the Earth on paper plates using shaving cream paint (a mixture of shaving cream, glue, and food coloring).

 We made bird feeders using empty toilet paper rolls, sun butter (the oldest mini is allergic to peanut butter so we had to substitute), and bird seed. Just a note with this: if using sun butter, it's very oily so it takes quite a bit longer to dry out than regular peanut butter.

The kids loved the bird seed so much that they asked to play with it. So we created a quick sensory activity using bird seed and our fake birds (found at Dollar Tree) from the spring sensory table. The kids played with the seed the rest of the day! When the kids were done playing with it, we put the tray of bird seed in the front yard and watched birds, squirrels, and a neighborhood cat surround the tray.

We used up our recyclables to make whatever the kids wanted. The kids loved doing this and got very creative with it!

 We had a race car, car, bunny, sword, train, and more (that I didn't snap a picture of) by the end of the day.

What's a celebration without cupcakes???
I'm certain the kids don't grasp what Earth Day is about, just that there's been A LOT of activities centered around plants, flowers, and animals!