World Environment Day: 5 Fun Activities for Kids

Everything we eat, breathe and drink comes from nature. To care for ourselves, we must care for nature. Friday, the 5th of June is celebrated internationally as World Environment Day.

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Established to raise environmental awareness, World Environment Day is a great opportunity for families and individuals to spend some time focusing on how they can lead greener lives. After all, we all need to work together for a cleaner world.

Getting the little ones to participate in protecting the environment is important and quite easy to do. While we can’t take part in organised activities for this as we would have in previous years, you and your little ones can still get involved through fun and interesting activities that aid our environment directly.

So, without further ado here are some activities we love that can help you and your kids celebrate & protect the environment and nature.

1.Shoe Box Bird House

Birds are happy, social creatures and can be good company for your kids! In an increasingly urbanised environment, their habitats are also being affected so helping your little one make your local birdies a new home is a great way to take part!

What you’ll need: 

  • Shoe box
  • Scissors, tape
  • String

Use duct tape to tightly secure the lid of the shoe box. On the back of the box, make a circular hole, about 7.5cm in diameter. Add some grass inside to make a bed for the birds. If you are planning on hanging it in a tree in your garden, use duct tape to attach the string to the top. Alternatively, place the box on a window still or in a nook of your balcony.

2. T-shirt tote bag

Plastic is harmful to everyone and everything. Land, ocean, plants, animals, and us! This activity is great for explaining the importance of limiting the number of times we use single-use plastic bags as well as other things made out of plastic that can be easily replaced by reusable items. 

What you’ll need:

  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors

Use the scissors to first cut the t-shirt along the neckline. Then, cut both the t-shirt’s sleeves on the inside of the seam. The end result of this should look like a tank top. 

The next step is to turn your t-shirt inside out. Then, make 2.5 cm long cuts – 1cm apart – at the bottom of the t-shirt on the front and back. Tie the front and back cuts together – make sure they are secure. Then, tie neighbouring knots together. Your bag is ready!

3. Local Litter Picking

Yes, this is a classic but now that we are allowed to go and enjoy the outsides again it means we can also take part in the most popular and helpful World Environment Day activity: litter picking!

Remember to respect social distancing while outside!

What you need: 

  • 1 recycling bag and 1 trash bag
  • Protective gloves or grabbing stick 

This one’s pretty simple in terms of what you need to do: grab your bags, grab your protective gloves or grabbing stick, and grab the family then head out into the fresh air. We recommend going to a park or just the street and if you live nearby a forest or open nature, head there! Once you’ve reached your destination, start looking around for litter. Teach your kids what goes into the recycling bag and what goes into the trash bags and start picking. 

If you want, you can also turn this into a game by competing to see who gathers the most litter. The little one will jump into action immediately!

4. Orange Peel Bird Feeder

Birds and animals need us, especially right now! Just how we have been supporting each other during these unprecedented times, we can also support our little feathered friends by creating an environmentally friendly bird feeder to hang in a tree next to your house!

What you need:

  • 1 orange (preferably a larger sized one)
  • Needle
  • String (long enough to be able to hang the feeder in the tree)
  • Seeds, bread crumbs, grapes, raisins

Firstly, cut the orange in half and remove the flesh using an ice-cream scoop or a spoon. Then, using a needle thread a length of string through the orange skin to make two hanging loops. Add your bird food to the orange and you are ready to go outside to hang your feeder. Find a tree with a low enough branch to hang it and voila, your feathery friends will have a full belly!

5. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are great fun and good for learning! They also give you the opportunity to go out and about and enjoy the fresh summer air and nature. 

What you need:

  • A small box or basket or bag
  • Pen and paper (to write down the list of items to find and tick them off) 
  • Access to a park or open nature

Now that you know what you need here are some of our recommendations of things kids can go scavenging for to learn about nature on World Environment Day. If some things can’t be collected simply ticking them off the list is enough!

  • Leaf
  • Pine Cone
  • Wild flower
  • Stick 
  • Piece of litter
  • 3 leaf clover
  • Grass
  • Feather
  • Two kinds of seeds 
  • Something that makes noise
  • Something you think is beautiful
  • Something round
  • Something smooth
  • Something colourful
  • Spider web
  • Squirrel
  • 4 Different types of birds
  • A rock big enough to stand on
  • 4 Different types of trees
  • An animal making noise 
  • An ant

You can adjust this list based on your location, for example, you could be living by the sea or a lake. 

With these activities, you can teach your child about the importance of protecting our environment and open up conversations about the subject with them as they are surely bound to ask questions. They also will develop crucial skills that are vital to their development. Now, that’s an irresistible combo!

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