Earth Day is coming!
If you’re anything like us, you believe that “Every Day is Earth Day!”
April 22nd is a special Earth Day, because it is the anniversary of the very first Earth Day in 1970.
We like to commemorate this anniversary by having some special Earth Day-themed games. Here are some of the ideas on our list:
Earth Day Treasure Hunt
This is a great way to recycle all those plastic Easter Eggs that would otherwise get thrown away after Easter Sunday.
- Get yourself ten different easter eggs, and make a list of places you can hide them. Number them from 1 to 10.
- Next, cut a piece of paper into 10 different pieces, and write the name of a location on each slip. Leave off the numbers. (Important note: keep your original list! You will need a list of the locations and numbers soon.)
- Use a magic marker and number the eggs, 1-10.
- Subtract one from every location number, to find the egg it belongs to, and put the slip of paper inside.
For instance, if you have Location #10: Playground slide, put the slip of paper that says ‘Playground slide” into egg #9. Put the slip for location #9 into the egg with #8, and so on.
Location #1 will be the START of your Earth Day Treasure Hunt. Put a prize in the final egg, and leave it at location #10. Then, work your way backward, leaving the eggs in their proper locations. (This is where your original list comes in handy – you will need it as a decoder key to walk backward through your own treasure hunt!)
Geocaching is one of the most environmentally-friendly games you can play.
It uses no paper, only a smartphone with a Geocaching app, and it is a great way to recycle or upcycle odds and ends around the house.
A geocache is a treasure box hidden in public spaces, from the middle of a city, to out on a mountaintop.
You use the compass and the clues in your geocaching app to find the geocaches, the treasure boxes that geocachers leave for one another.
The rules are, Cache in Trash out which means you find your geoCache and while you are searching clean up (safe) trash to keep the earth litter free. “Take a treasure, leave a treasure.” Being some things from your house that you don’t have any use for, but you don’t want to throw away. These can be the treasures for someone else!
How many aluminum cans can you collect from your neighborhood in one hour?
Walk door to door with a big bag, and ask your neighbors for all of their recyclables.
Meet with all of your fellow racers at the end of the hour, and see who collected the most! Take your goodies to a recycling facility and celebrate. You just made the Earth a little bit cleaner!
Upcycle Craft Contest
Gather everything in your home that you don’t want or need anymore, but you don’t want to throw away. (The less we put into landfills, the cleaner we can keep Mother Earth, so try not to throw anything away.)
One of the ways we can moderate our trash disposal is by upcycling. Reuse some old clothespins, bottle caps, and glue to make something crafty!
Earth Day Collage
Are there lots of old magazines lying around that nobody is every going to read?
Cut up the pictures into a collage, and create a message about the Earth.
More Earth Day activities
We found a great Pinterest board with plenty of kids activities and games. Scroll through and find one you like!
After you play one of these fun Earth Day games, leave a comment on this blog post and tell us what you did. We love hearing the stories of our friends!