Date: 22 Apr 2016
On Friday 22nd April we will be celebrating Earth Day, a day dedicated to learning about and appreciating the earth. We often take it for granted, but the earth needs to be looked after too!
Earth Day is now celebrated by over one billion people worldwide – so why not join in too? We’ve come up with some ways that you can celebrate Earth Day with your children.
It’s important to teach children why we need to look after the earth – we live on it after all! And the more people (even if they are only little) that understand and want to help, the bigger change that we can make!
What to teach them about:
- Recycling. Why it’s important to recycle paper, jars, food and other household items and encourage them to get involved with the recycling at home.
- Not littering. It’s good for your children to know how to put rubbish in the bin instead of leaving it on the street - this is general manners anyway but it helps to look after the environment too - and now that there are recycling bins outside in towns and parks too they can learn to recycle wherever they are!Avoiding carbon emissions. If kids get used to walking a lot when they are younger they won’t depend on a car as much as they grow up, which is great for their health and the environment as it reduces the amount of pollution in the air.
Make a collage of the earth
This is great fun and a good way for children to develop their observation skills. Ask your children to choose an image of the earth and then help them to recreate that image as a collage. You can use tissue paper, cotton wool, wrappers and packets or paints – whatever you like. You’ll need a big piece of card too as there needs to be plenty of room for sticking and painting! Draw a circle on the card and then let your children copy the image, encouraging them to look at the details too. You might also want to use an old sheet or table cloth for your children to work on as this will make the clean up a little easier. We’re sure you don’t want glue on your new table!
Bake earth biscuits
Children love baking as it’s fun, it’s a little messy and best of all, they get to eat their bake at the end!
Here’s a simple recipe for you to follow:
50g caster sugar
175g plain flour
A drop of vanilla extract
You’ll need two batches - blue and green
400g icing sugar (200g for each batch)
4 tbsp. water (2 tbsp. for each batch)
Blue and green food colouring
- Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy then add the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour (a little at a time) and then mix together.
- Sprinkle some flour on the worktop and roll your mixture out on to the surface, then cut it into circles.
- Place the biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven at 190⁰C/375F/Gas mark 5 for 8-10 minutes until golden.
- Once ready leave to cool down while you make the icing.
To make the icing:
- Mix 200g icing sugar and 2 tbsp. of icing sugar together with blue food colouring.
- In a separate bowl mix 200g icing sugar and 2 tbsp. of icing sugar with green food colouring.
Then all that’s left to do is decorate your biscuits so they look like the earth! Once you’ve applied the icing you’ll need to let the icing dry – then they are ready to eat!
Appreciate the earth
Take some time out to visit some of the beautiful parks and places around you. It’s great to get some fresh air and exercise is always good for the children but it’s also an incentive to want to continue looking after our planet. You could take a picnic too (but remember not to leave the rubbish) and if you can, walk to wherever it is you’re going.
What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day this April? Let us know on social media!