Earth Day is on its way

by Jen on April 10, 2012 in earth day,scavenger hunt

Today we are kicking off our build-up to Earth Day, culminating on April 22nd. You might remember from last year  our family celebrates Earth Day by creating a eco-friendly scavenger hunt. This year is no different. We are planning a scavenger hunt, but we are making the items on our list a little harder and more investigative, now that my girls are getting older. Thankfully, my girls are always enthusiastic about our Earth Day scavenger hunts. So, this year I have put together our list and we got started a little early. Yesterday was such a beautifully sunny day that we decided to head out into our neighbourhood and begin our hunt. Here is how to create your own Earth Day scavenger hunt.
1. Create a list of items to search for in your neighbourhood. Think of what is readily available and would be of interest to your children. Our list this year had us looking for…

2. Pack all the supplies you will need to complete your scavenger hunt. You might need pencils, pad of paper, crayons, camera, containers and reference books. Don’t forget to pack snacks, lunch and water.

3. Dress appropriately for the weather. Our day out was sunny with a good cool breeze…hats were needed.

4. Take your time and have fun. Here is what the girls found along the way.

tree bark rubbing with paper and crayons
pink hyacinths
sketching spring flowers
Since we are still over a week away from Earth Day we decided to collect all that we could for the day and then we plan on heading out again on Earth Day to complete our list. In fact our local ravine has been closed for months, under construction, and will be re-opening just in time for Earth Day. The date has been set for our next trip to explore our ravine. I love this year’s scavenger hunt because I have tried to introduce things that we can research further at home. The plan is to take our tree rubbings home and try to identify the trees based on their bark. Also, we have our bird book as a reference for learning more about the birds that we see. And we can never forget to pick up some trash along the way.
We are happily joining forces with the blogs Greening Sam and Avery and Mommy Labs who are hosting a massive Earth Day Activity Blog Hop and Link-up. Please have a look at the many blogs listed below to see what they are doing to celebrate our Earth this year.
Mommy Labs

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Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories April 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

What a great way to celebrate!

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KitchenCounterChronicles April 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Trisha…it is a lot of fun!

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KP April 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I really like the idea of stretching this out over multiple outings and having items that lead to further research. Thanks for the great suggestions.

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maggy, red ted art April 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Fabulous idea to have an Earth Day hunt! Such a great way to explore your environment!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!

Maggy & Alissa

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Kimberly Sminkey April 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

Ohhh, what a fun day! This is such a neat activity, perhaps we’ll give it a try too!
Thanks for linking up with tip toe thru tuesday!

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Mama Pea Pod April 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

Great idea! We love going on all kinds of hunts, maybe we will add an Earth Day hunt this year! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party!

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Science Sparks April 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I love that – anything that involves a hunt has my vote!

Thank you for sharing on Science Sparks.

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The Monko April 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

what a lovely earth day activity and brilliant link up. Great idea to share this on Kids Co-op so loads more people can also see it. Thanks

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