Earth Day: A Day to Celebrate Our Planet
April 24, 2023
Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. This is a day to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and its resources. At Kiddie Academy, we believe that it’s never too early to start teaching children about the importance of environmental stewardship. That’s why we offer a variety of lessons and activities that help children learn about the environment and how they can make a difference.
Planting Seeds for Tomorrow
Our national forests provide us, wildlife and the environment with so many benefits–from supplying millions with drinking water to filtering air pollution and providing 193-million-acres of habitat. That’s why for the third year in a row we are working with the National Forest Foundation to plant a tree on behalf of every Kiddie Academy location across the country. Plus, with the generous support of our community, we’ve raised over $500 for our plant-a-tree fundraiser. Our corporate office has pledged to match these contributions from families nationwide, which brings our total to over 1,500 trees planted just this year.
In the Classroom
In our classrooms, children learn about topics such as how plants grow, caring for animals, and conservation. Age-appropriate classroom activities get students outdoors and using their fine motor skills to pick up and manipulate loose parts they find outside such as leaves, rocks, twigs, pinecones, and grass.
We believe that it’s important to teach children about the environment from a young age. Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to introduce ways children can help the environment by making conscious everyday choices that will positively impact the Earth on which we all live!
Here are some fun activities parents can do at home with their children throughout the year to help them learn about the environment:
Plant a garden. This is a great way to teach children about where food comes from and the importance of taking care of plants.
Go on a nature walk. This is a great way to teach children about the different plants and animals that live in their community.
Visit a local park or nature center. This is a great way to learn more about the environment and the importance of conservation.
Read books about the environment. Read books about nature, recycling, and animals to reinforce concepts like playing outdoors, caring for animals, and planting flowers.
Create a sensory table experience. Different textures may include soft faux fur or faux feathers, rough tree bark, smooth leaves, or squishy mud.