What better way to celebrate Earth Day than heading outside! Every year our family heads outside on Earth Day and we do a fun scavenger hunt. This year, I thought I’d turn our annual tradition into a printable for you to enjoy with your family.
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We love scavenger hunts. Kids love scavenger hunts. We have scavenger hunts for every season…spring, winter, fall, and summer. Scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to get kids outside and engaged in a super simple activity.
The best part about our Earth Day scavenger hunt is that we have found a fun way to incorporate the 3 R’s in our hunt – reduce, reuse and recycle.
It isn’t only about looking for things, this is about doing things for our environment. After all, it’s important that we all do our part to keep our planet clean and beautiful…right?
We do not inherit the Earth, we borrow it from our children.
– Native American proverb
It is also important to get kids engaged in positive, environmental activities at a young age. So, they will keep the passion to protect our planet in their hearts as they grow.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt printable
Print off the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
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rubber gloves (optional)
Before you head outside, print off our Earth Day Scavenger Hunt for kids.
On Earth Day, we usually head to our local park, but we have even gone on a hike and completed our scavenger hunt along the forest trail. You can do this in your school yard or in your own backyard. The key is you have to get outside and have some fun!
You will also need a bag to hold everything that you collect along the way. You may also want to bring along a pair of rubber gloves. The gloves are to protect your hands when you are picking up some garbage. Although, I would advise that you stick by your child’s side when they are looking for garbage. Don’t pick up anything that looks sharp or dangerous.
Finally, when you return home use everything you collected to make Earth Day collage art. Paint the rocks you collect, turn your acorns into fun craft supplies. Nature supplies lead to some seriously creative artwork.
Best of all, you will have spent some time hanging with your family, outside to celebrate and enjoy the Earth.
A few of our favourite Earth Day books
Oh, how I love Todd Parr books. His book about the Earth is colourful and super engaging for young readers.
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals is a delight. The collage art illustrations are interesting in and of themselves. The text takes kids through the creation of a wonderful compost stew that is funny and educational.
The Curious Gardener by Peter Brown is a must read for kids who are growing up in the big city. This story show how with a little love and a little work a garden can grow just about anywhere.
Other Earth Day activities for kids…
Learn how to make a salt dough Earth Day necklace
Get creative for Earth Day and hang a newspaper Earth Day garland