Happy Earth Day! We thought of some fun ideas for you and your kids to enjoy the outdoors on Earth Day.
Plant seeds outside (or create a mini indoor garden)
Working on a garden with your child can be a very exciting outdoor activity for kids. Take your child to a gardening store and let them pick out some seeds. Find a nice area in your backyard that will get plenty of light and will be easy to water. Reading and following the instructions on the seed package will help you get started in the planting process and help your child’s executive functioning skills. Digging holes for the seeds, watering and caring for the plants are also great for your child’s motor skills.
Nature scavenger hunt
This can be great for your child’s communication development. Use our Earth Day Scavenger Hunt or make a list yourself! Walk around your backyard with your child and see if they can find everything on the list. Have them talk about the things they find and point when they see something. For example, if they are searching for a leaf, make sure they are talking about the color and size of the leaf when they find it. This is also a great summer program for kids!
Build a bird feeder
This is a great activity because your child can watch birds eat on something they created! First, go outside with your child and find a pine cone of any size. Before you move onto the next steps, make sure to put down a paper towel or newspaper because it may get messy! Then, take the pine cone and put peanut butter all over it. This is great for your child’s fine motor development as they scoop and rub the peanut butter all over. Finally, roll the pine cone in bird seed and then you are ready to hang it up in your yard. Make sure to hang it somewhere that your child can watch it from a window in your house.
If you are interested in your child completing projects like these at Camp NAC, fill out our form below for more information!