Earth Day Activities

Simple Earth Day crafts using recycled materials. Here’s a great opportunity to teach your children or grandchildren about the importance of recycling


 

April 22nd is Earth Day!  Here’s a great opportunity to teach your children or grandchildren about recycling and why it is a good idea!

Our children know all about buying products as they often accompany us on our weekly grocery trips. But do they see what happens to the packaging of all our goodies once we’ve consumed them? As parents it is our job to show them the garbage and recycle bins we fill up as a result. Where does all this go and how can we reduce the amount of garbage we create so that our Earth doesn’t turn into a great big dump? 

So why not take schedule a trip to the garage with the children before the garbage truck arrives. They might follow you willingly if you tell them you are going on a treasure hunt. Our garbage should consist of stuff that can no longer be used and the recycle bins of things that can be used but maybe in another form. Suggest a theme for their search and ask them if they want to find objects that can be used to create the instruments for their very own Marching Band! Let their little minds be creative and see what they come up with. All children love music, so let this be their incentive for having some fun.

Of course, safety must be practiced.  Beforehand, you may want to remove things from the bins that could be dangerous if your children are very young.

Things you may find that can be used:  boxes (Kleenex boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes), plastic containers (yogurt tubs, fruit cups,), colourful paper (newspaper/magazine ads, wrapping or tissue paper), paper towel rolls, metal/tin containers (without sharp edges), foil pie plates, metal/plastic lids and old keys.

Other things you may need: Elastic bands, crayons, paint, Popsicle sticks or old wooden spoons, tape or glue.

You can talk about the different types of instruments they like, but percussion instruments may be the easiest ones for them to make. 

Drums, maracas, cymbals, guitars and flutes can all be made using the above products.

  1. A plastic or metal container can be covered with colourful paper fastening it with glue and/or elastic bands to be turned into a drum.  The sound it makes will vary by the size or product used. The drum sticks can be fashioned using old wooden spoons/popsicle sticks with the ends wrapped in paper and/or elastic bands.
  2. Maracas or shakers can be made with any small container with a lid. Fill them with all kinds of objects such as small stones, dried beans, rice to old buttons. They will have fun listening to the different sounds that each one makes.
  3. A Kleenex box can become a guitar if you wrap a few elastic bands around it. Find some colourful elastic bands and cut out some beautiful pictures from the magazines to paste on it to make the guitar unique.
  4. Two pie plates taped together with various objects inside of them can become their tambourines or cymbals.
  5. A bunch of old/no longer useful keys can be hung on a key chain or strung together using a pipe cleaner to make bells.
  6. Everyone has used a paper towel roll to make something.  Now for the marching band the paper towel roll can be your trumpet.  Put some holes in it and cover an end with wax paper fastened with an elastic band and you have a flute.

Now for the part that’s the most fun, the Marching Band! Form a line and follow the children around the house creating your own rhythm or put on a CD and bang away to the beat of the music the children enjoy.

Have fun, be creative, motivate health and movement while teaching your children why we celebrate Earth Day!

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