Earth Day Crafts Food and Fun; With Free Printable Download

Earth Day is just around the corner, and it’s no secret we love being outdoors whenever possible. Whether, it is playing in the woods, gardening, or hanging by the lake. Therefore, it only seems natural to want to dedicate a day to honoring, preserving, and learning about the Earth.

Looking for some fun hands on activities or Earth Day snacks for the kids? I’m rounding up some of our homestead favorites, and sharing a bit of our Earth Day celebration with you.

Earth Day Crafts, Food, and Fun

Earth Day Collages

The kids had a lot of fun gathering old magazine, paper scraps, and tissue paper to create their interpretive Earth collages.

Draw a circle in the middle of an 8×11 sheet of paper or larger (I believe ours was 8×13)

Cut and/or rip paper in squares (hues of blues, greens, and yellows preferred)

Glue squares (hues of blue, green, and yellows) of paper onto the circle, and if desired glue a darker (black or brown) around the outside perimeter representing the earth’s atmosphere. {Note: this also really helps the earth “pop” on the paper}

Typically when the kids are doing a hands on project I try to read aloud (provided it’s a project they can do somewhat independently). – this week we enjoyed reading The Magic School House: Inside the Earth while completing our masterpieces.

Earth Day Dirt Cups 

We all know it is true – the way to their brains is through their stomachs. I’m not going to lie, I’m happier when I’m fed too – these dirt cups aren’t just for kids!

Earth Day Crafts Food and Fun; With Free Printable Download

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Earth Day Crafts Food and Fun; With Free Printable Download

Ingredients

  • Small cups for serving
  • Pudding mix (or pre-made pudding cups work too)
  • Oreo type cookie (we use a GF version from Trader Joe's)
  • Gummy Worms

Instructions

  1. Make Pudding according to package instructions
  2. Crush Oreos (we put ours in a bag and crush with the back of a spoon)
  3. Sprinkle oreos on top of pudding
  4. Add gummy worms to complete the look
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FREE Earth Day Word Search Printable

Learning about Earth Day just became fun with this Free Word Search! (and, Word Search Answer Key)

Kids can learn about Earth Day, have fun, and practice their spelling skills with this FREE Earth Day word search. Be sure and check out Education.com for more spelling resources and printables just like this.

Earth Day Treasure Hunt

We haven’t had a chance to do this super cute treasure hunt for kids via No Wooden Spoon, but hope to do so in the week ahead. (As soon as Mother Nature decides to let go of Winter that is.)

Be sure to follow along with all of our nature exploring on IG @myhappyhomestead.

Earth Day Writing Prompts

Do you have a reluctant writer in your house too?

Short little writing prompts are a life savor in our house – be sure to snag your free Earth Day printable writing prompt HERE. And, for my super-duper reluctant writers, our boogie boards have been the “cure” to the tears crying over dotted paper lines.

Wishing you all a wonderful Earth Day filled with crafts, creations, and delicious treats.

For it is when we take the time to look deep in nature we truly begin to understand everything around us a little bit better. ~Albert Einstein.

Blessings,

Jenny

 

Wee Love Reading!!

“Wee” love reading and thought we would share a few of our favorites with all of you!!
Itty Bitty – Preschool
  • Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeleine. (Boo’s favorite…she knows the movie by heart!)
  • Berenstain, Stan and Jan. The Berenstain Bears. (Mommy’s Favorite)
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford, the Big Red Dog.
  • Brown, Margaret W. Goodnight, Moon.
  • Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
  • Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
  • Rey, H.A. Curious George. (George is like family here!)
  • Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. 
Kindergarten +
  • Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing!
  • Berenstain, Stan and Jan. The Berenstain Bears Nursery Tales. (Mommy’s Favorite)
  • Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice.
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford, the Big Red Dog.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age Eight ( We love the movie too!)
  • Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
  • O’Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy (ALL of Them!)
  • Rey, H.A. Curious George.
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends.
  • Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • Warner, Gertrude. Boxcar Children.
  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.
  • Wilder, Laura I. Little House on the Prairie. (Can’t go wrong!)
  • William, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit. 
    Family Favorites/Links/Activities
    “Wee” will be ordering our Spring Caterpillars in April!! And “Wee” love reading the; 

    by Sheridan Cain
    When we do!! Here are some fun activities we enjoyed last year
    This year “Wee” will also be adding a “Lady Bug House” to our Spring festivities!
    “Wee” will be reading 

    by Eric Carle
     (Stay tune for this years activities…I was in a Spring kind of mood this morning! Yes, with 3 inches of snow still remaining on the ground…I’m trying to be optimistic!!)

    This is just a “sampler” of our favorites we have many, many more and I am hoping to post regularly “what we are reading” and share other “fun activities”! Be sure to leave me a comment; I would love to see what you have been reading with your families too!

Germany, Give Away, & More!

“While the Cat’s away the mice will play”!! My husband has been in Germany on business this week, so I have been busily working to get things in order….some of my tasks at hand have included;

Exploring 1st Grade Curriculum for Pumpkin

Getting ready for our big: USA Adventure (hoping to start next week)

Preparing “Our Flat Friend Adventure Program”

We will also be kicking off our “Letter of the Week” program for Boo (she is eager to ‘do’ school like sissy, but honestly I have not been ready to tackle it with both of them until now)

 And….lots MORE!! Tonight is my last night to tackle things before he returns…I’m just praying it all gets done so I don’t have my face glued to a computer upon his return!!

“The Girls” reading quietly in their room….

I also wanted to remind all of you don’t for get to check out COAH!! Erica has a great National Geographic giveaway going on!!