20 April 2024

5 tips to celebrate Earth Day at kindergartens and schools

On April 22, all over the world Earth Day is celebrated. People and companies organize activities to raise awareness and protect the planet. As children represent our future, Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to teach them about the importance of taking care of our planet. We share 5 tips for kindergartens and schools on how they can celebrate Earth Day and make the world a little more beautiful!


1. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth Day while also making a lasting impact on the environment. Not only do trees absorb carbon dioxide, but they also provide oxygen, clean the air, and provide a home for wildlife. Arte Viva has been a partner of Trees for All since 2023 and we have already donated 600 trees for various projects in Indonesia, Bolivia, and the Netherlands. Celebrate Earth Day with us and plant a tree through Trees for All!


2. Have a Picnic

Instead of having lunch inside, pack up some healthy snacks and have a picnic outdoors. It provides an opportunity to disconnect from technology and distractions and connect with nature and each other. Picnics can be a fun and educational experience, where children can learn about the environment and the importance of taking care of it.


3. Organize a Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate Earth Day by getting outside and exploring the wonders of nature with a fun scavenger hunt! Create a list of Earth Day-themed items for participants to find, such as different colored flowers, a bird building a nest, or someone riding a bicycle.

As you search, discuss the importance of each item and how it contributes to a healthy planet. Is that buzzing bee helping pollinate flowers? Does the bicycle reduce air pollution compared to a car? By connecting these discoveries to Earth Day themes, you’ll transform your scavenger hunt into a learning adventure!

Bonus: To make things easier, consider creating your own list or using our free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt template which you can download here.


4. Grow a Mini Garden

Kids are curious about nature, and gardening is a fun, hands-on way to learn where food comes from. Even a small pot on a windowsill can become a thriving herb garden! Planting seeds, watching them sprout, and nurturing them to maturity teaches responsibility and connects kids to the natural world. Plus, homegrown herbs are delicious in cooking!

Here are some ideas to make it super fun:

  • Pick kid-friendly plants: Choose fast-growing herbs like basil, mint, or parsley. Cherry tomatoes or peppers are also great options for small spaces.
  • Let them decorate the pot: Get creative and personalize their mini garden with paint, markers, or stickers.
  • Make it a sensory experience: Let them touch the soil, smell the herbs, and watch how their plants grow bigger each day.

This is just a taste of the benefits. For more ideas on how to raise eco-conscious kids, check out our article on fun ways to teach children about sustainability!


5. Engage Kids in Recycling

Turn your kindergarten into a mini recycling center! It’s a fantastic way to teach kids about caring for our planet. Get creative and reuse materials in fun ways, such as making art projects out of old magazines and newspapers or turning old t-shirts into pillowcases for stuffed animals. By recycling at a young age, children develop important habits that promote a cleaner and healthier environment for the future.

Want more sustainability inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Check out our list with 20 tips for kindergartens and schools.

Remember, every little bit counts when it comes to taking care of our planet. By incorporating these fun and green tips into your Earth Day celebrations, you’ll be teaching your children valuable lessons about sustainability that they can carry with them for a lifetime. So let’s get out there and show our planet some love!