Earth Day Activities for Toddlers

Now that Spring is here and warmer weather is promised a lot of people are talking about getting outside. My family also love to get outdoors and the word 'walk' is never far from the lips of my husband who has become addicted to geocaching. Sadly though the paths in which we walk, areas in which we sometimes are forced to park, the countryside and the seas around us are being increasingly polluted. 

Earth Day Activities for Toddlers


Over Easter we were reminded and horrified at just how affected by pollution the environment we live in has become. For having struggled to find somewhere to park near Badbury Woods we opened our car doors to be greeted by a pile of waste that had been left by people in the area after they'd picniced. This waste didn't belong here and could have been avoided if the people who littered the area took their rubbish home with them and disposed of it in the correct bins.  My daughters are young but they certainly know what a bin is used for even if the odd piece of cutlery also ends up in there too accidentally!

We share our world with people of all ages and animals too. Surely none of us want to live in a polluted world right?! So as we near Earth Day on April 22nd I thought we could all do with a gentle reminder of how we can be kind to each other and the living creatures who share our environment by looking after our world. Each of these activities can be done with our loved ones or alone but lets face it it's more fun when we are in it together. 

Plant Something


Earth Day Activities for Toddlers


My little green fingered babies love to eat and it really gives them a sense of achievement when they've planted seeds and they have gone on to bare fruit and vegetables. We make up our own meals cooking from scratch instead of opting for fast food options.

Use Spotter Sheets to Engage With Your Environment

Earth Day Activities for Toddlers

Another way in which to learn about your environment is through spotter sheets. The image above could be used to spot colours but there are also spotter sheets available online to help little ones spot creepy crawlies and birds in their environment.

Feed the Birds

Earth Day Activities for Toddlers


While the children may not be able to help with the feeding of creepy crawlies they will certainly be able to feed the birds. There are a variety of different bird feeders available to make or buy. Why not present your children with a bird spotter sheet once the bird feeding station is installed in your garden.


Upcycle Something

Earth Day Activities For Toddlers


Many things can be used again for example. Plastic bottles (if you must buy them) can contain your water every time you get out and about. Alternatively you may like to try your hand at creating an upcycled make i.e. a kite or a windsock . 

Books

Earth Day Activities for Toddlers

Finally a great way in which to educate our children about the world in which we live is through books. We don't need to buy brand new every time though as they can often be picked up inexpensively at charity shops giving them another lease of life. Angela Milnes from The Inspiration Edit has a great activity on creating The Lorax who is an environmentally friendly character too,

So lets all join together in making the world less polluted shall we?

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  1. As a former early years practitioner, I am always interested in new ideas for keeping little ones entertained while they are also learning, I therefore particularly like the spotter sheet #mudpiefriday@_karendennis

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  2. Some lovely ideas, I like the spotter sheet one- never thought of that before and will be great when we go to the park. #coolmumclub

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  3. I love discovering ways to bring an educational moment to life when we're at home. I am always excited to introduce little ones to holidays and why they exist!
    Fabulous post!
    #ThursdayTeam

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  4. I couldn't agree more and one of the biggest thing we can do as environmentalists is pass ont the ethos of loving and caring for our planet to our children.
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

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  5. These are lovely ideas. I think my daughter would love them. So great that the weather is improving so they get to spend more time outdoors doing things like this. #ThursdayTeam

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  6. Lovely ideas! It's amazing how something that we see as so small, like feeding the birds, can be so fascinating for little ones. My son absolutely loves topping up the bird feeder and watching them all come to feed on it. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  7. We popped to pick up some seeds to plant cucumbers, tomatoes and pumpkins earlier this week. My little one has had great fun planting them so far. We love geocaching too! #BloggerClubUK

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  8. Some great ideas! I think our kids are a lot more responsible than our generation. #ablogginggoodtime

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  9. lovely ideas. I've done many of these over the years with my girls. #sharingthebloglove

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  10. Fantastic ideas to get you thinking about the environment that you are living in X #thursdayteam

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  11. Love the idea of getting children out in the garden and with nature. Try to do it with Isabelle when I can. Just a little harder with a 11 month old who wants to chew everything! haha #Blogstravaganza

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    1. Ah I have a daughter who still wants to eat everything and she's 22 months. You'll get there with both of them and you'll all benefit.

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  12. Lovely post. I think it's so important to share a basic understanding of how we can look after our planet from a young age. Thanks so much for linking up with #Blogstravaganza

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  13. Some lovely ideas - thanks for the link to the spotter sheets! #CountryKids

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  14. Pollution is all over the news at the moment and about time too. We have been ignoring the issue for far too long and there is so much in every day life we an do to make a difference. Some lovely ideas here. I love your spotter sheets and like you we cook from scratch and use nature where we an. Our farm is awash with wild garlic at the moment so that is going into all my family meals.

    Thank you for sharing an important message on #CountryKids

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    1. There's only so many times you can bury your head in the sand. We can all pull together to get it cleaned up.

      Ah I can just smell the wild garlic now. We seem to go on a few walks where we've smelt it but never have picked it.

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  15. Lovely ideas! We buy as many second handbooks as we can and always pass ours on. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  16. Such lovely ideas here! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

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  17. A great selection of activities, so important to appreciate the world around us and instil a love of nature in our children #sharingthebloglove

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  18. I find it so sad when we get out into the countryside and find that people have left their litter everywhere. Thank you for sharing this list of activities - lots of things to try! #blogcrush

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  19. Love these ideas for getting mini ones into nature and the outdoors #CountryKids

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  20. These are really great idea. We planted some seeds a couple of weeks ago and the girls have been checking them everyday. The first shoot was so exciting. We definitely need to do our bit to make the world less polluted. Thank you for joining us at #ThursdayTeam

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  21. What an excellent and strong message in this post and how awful finding all that litter in the countryside - it is so disheartening that some people don't care. Love your ideas - especially the spotter sheet! Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh xx

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  22. Love the spotter sheet! It makes me so sad to see people littering and not wanting to make a difference to our planet #ThrsdayTeam

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  23. I really like spotter sheets, but haven't yet used them as much as I'd like to. Working on that... And growing things, too! x #CountryKids

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  24. Some great ideas here! As a parent of little ones and an Early Years Teacher I am always on the lookout for activities to do with young children. Especially activities that encourage being environmentally friendly x

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  25. Couldn't agree more! Wonderful collection of activity suggestions too. #countrykids

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