April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day. With the weather finally starting to turn into spring, this a great time to get kids outdoors and talk about science and do experiments.
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day is such a great time to introduce important concepts such as recycling, pollution, planting, composting, and reusing with preschoolers. Here are some activities to do at home or build into your lesson plan:
- Bug houses
- Homemade sidewalk chalk
- Plastic bag jump rope
- Bird feeders
- Newspaper kites
- Butterfly feeders
All of these activities and the supplies needed etc. can be found on the PBS website.
Edible Earth: Rice Krispy Treats for Earth Day
Here is a fun snack idea to make with kids to talk about the earth and that it is made up of land and water.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 10- oz. package of marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- blue and green food coloring
- 2 small dishes with 2 tablespoons of water in each
- pastry brush
- 2 plastic baggies
- 2 rubber bands
- cooking spray
- pizza pan
- Melt the butter of medium heat in a stock pot. Add the marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir to combine them dump out onto the pizza pan.
- Have child put baggies on their hands, secure them around their wrists with rubber bands. Spray the palm side of the baggies with cooking spray.
- Have child shape the cereal mixture into a large circle on the pizza pan. Don't pack the cereal mixture down too hard or they will become tough and hard to chew.
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to one of the dishes of water, and add a few drops of green to the other. Use a clean pastry brush to "paint on" the land and the water.
- Cut and enjoy!