Help Kids Appreciate the Planet for Earth Day and Arbor Day
Science and Sensory Play
- Go play! Squish mud, run across the grass in a yard or playground, feel the rough bark of tree, listen to the wind and the birds. Kids who experience nature can better learn to appreciate and care for it!
- Learn about trees: Are there trees near your child care business? Help kids learn what they’re called with the video tree identification library on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website for kids.
- Plant a tree: Talk to a local tree farm or nursery to see if they have opportunities for kids to help plant a tree. Or, play pretend! Fill a bin with soil and add small branches or toy trees to make a tree-planting sensory bin, like this one from Fun Learning for Kids.
Arbor Day Art
- Paint spring blooms: This art project from Housing a Forest lets kids use the perfect tool for making a million colorful blossoms–their fingers!
- Evergreen teamwork: If you live in an area where pine and fir trees grow, gather needles, cones and small branches and create a fun collaborative art project.
- Recycled apple trees: Gather paper scraps and any extra red, green, or yellow art materials you have on hand for this preschooler-friendly apple tree collage.
- Eat from the Earth: Cut up whole fruits and veggies and talk about how they grow — like apples on trees, carrots in the ground, berries on bushes, or peas on vines. Whatever your snack for the day, talk about how parts of it started as plants!