Earth Day Activities and Mom’s Library #91

Earth day isn’t just about recycling.  It’s about remembering how blessed we are to live and be a part of this amazing planet!  Celebrating where we live and how we can take care of the world is easy with these fun Earth Day Activities and free printables.

earth day activities for kids

This post contains an awesome giveaway sponsored by Green Kid Crafts.  For more information read my full disclosure.

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Make a Nature Notebook

This is an awesome way to store all those things that the kids want to take with them on a walk.  Then they can record their findings in the notebook!

Nature notebook for Earth Day


Learn About Pollution with Montessori Activities

Really cool hands-on unit about pollution with free printables!

earth day learn about pollution activities


Make Art from Recyclables

 These prints are so cool!  What will you use to make art?

earth day art activities with recyclables


5 Easy Ways to Be Eco-Friendly

These are really very easy and don’t cost a thing!

Earth Day Activities be eco-friendly


Earth Day Craft

Literally use the Earth to make this craft!

Earth Day Craft with dirt


Free Earth Day Coloring Pages!

These are cute and easy for little hands.

Earth Day free coloring pages


Earth Day Learning Free Printable Pack

Themed printables help with review and are so cute!

earth day free learning printables


Preschool Sorting Recyclables Activity

Teach your preschoolers all about how to sort recyclables while reviewing matching skills!

Sorting recyclables activity


More Earth Day Printables!

Develop fine motor skills with these fun Earth Day printables.

earth day free printables


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Giveaway! Celebrate Earth Day with Green Kids Crafts and a Shadow Puppet Theater!

Earth Day is here and that’s why Green Kid Crafts wanted to sponsor this post and giveaway!  For more information read my full disclosure.

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?  How about exploring nocturnal animals and hosting your own shadow puppet show?  We did all of that with our Green Kids Crafts Discovery Box!

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We received a Nocturnal Animals Discovery Box packed with 4 different eco-friendly crafts.  Even the box looked fun and my children were so excited to get started.

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First, we got our shadow puppets ready for the puppet show and talked about which animals were nocturnal.

earth day activities shadow puppets

They were surprised to learn that kangaroos are mostly nocturnal.  My daughter picked out the owl right away because she knew that animal was.

shadow puppets

Next we turned the lantern craft into a group project.  We discussed the bees and moths on the lantern and how they can be nocturnal.

earth day activities

The lantern came with a flame-less candle light and looked so pretty in the dark.

earth day activities

Finally we tried the stuffed owl.  It was a little hard for my eldest daughter to make the legs with the rubber bands, so I helped out.

nocturnal animals earth day activity

Our box also came with a bonus craft.  Reusing an old plastic bottle from the recycling bin, we made a glow-in-the-dark firefly!

firefly earth day activity

Even more activities and craft ideas were included in the Nocturnal Animals Activity Guide that I downloaded from the link on the back of my activity card.

earth day activities nocturnal animals

As you can see in the video below, my children loved their Discovery Box and would have played with it for hours if I’d let them!  It was a great Earth Day activity; to teach and learn all about the animals in our world.

About Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts delights over 10,000 kids across North America each month with fun, creative and eco-friendly craft and STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), delivered right to their door through the company’s subscription program!  Every month’s Discovery Box is packed with 3-4 unique and engaging activity kits designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while helping to raise the nation’s next generation of creative leaders.

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For kids ages 3-10, their award-winning products celebrate creativity and activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation.  Each month brings a new theme; past themes have included Mad Scientist, Nocturnal Animals, Around the World, Outer Space, and Feathered Friends.

green kid crafts founderGreen Kid Crafts is a mom-owned, green company founded by Penny Bauder, a mom of two and an environmental activist from Alaska.   Her program has won a variety of awards including Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products of 2013, PTPA Seal of Approval, a recommendation from Parents’ Choice, MACT Excellence and MACT Green Awards and Red Tricycle’s Award for Most Awesome Subscription Service.

An Earth Friendly Company

Green Kid Crafts is certified carbon neutral, Green America Approved, a member of 1% for the Planet, and has won numerous awards and designations for its responsible business practices. You can also read more about their “eco ingredients” online.

If you like crafting, creativity, and natural parenting you can subscribe to their free newsletter and get 12 Kids Activity guides for free!  A $72 retail value!

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Subscriptions are available in month-to-month, 3, 6 and 12 month durations, and also make great gifts!  Subscriptions start at just $16.95 / month, and sibling subscriptions are also available.  The company also offers single Discovery Boxes, Creativity Kits, Science Kits, and Birthday Party activities and favors.

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How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

This was my kids’ favorite part of the whole night!  We made our own shadow puppet theater under the dining room table.  Covering the table with a white sheet and resting the light pen that came in our Green Kid Crafts box on a stool, the kids played for an hour.

shadow puppet show

They took turns putting on a show and experimenting with the shadows.  You can see a clip of their shows below!

Green Kid Crafts Giveaway!

In celebration of Earth Day, Green Kid Crafts are giving away a 3 month subscription to this award winning program!  Just enter the rafflecopter below!

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Painting cross craft

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resurrection activity

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boiled egg snack for kids

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