Earth day is one of my favorite days of the year. A whole day where people are filled with thoughts of nature and the wonder of our world. It is a day that should be repeated several times throughout the year in my opinion. Even better, taking care of our world should just be commonplace in and of itself. It is certainly a value that I have tried to instill in my own children and today’s Earth Day fun was a great excuse for some family bonding time.
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Flower Seed Bombs
To start off the afternoon the kids spent some time making flower seed bombs. This is a very simple activity that even the youngest child can take part in. It is also a great way to beautify forgotten parts of the yard. Since my children and I, have had several discussions about the plight of bees and their importance in pollinating our fruits and vegetables we picked flower seeds that would be beneficial. Wildflower seeds would have been the best choice but lacking those any flower seeds will do provided they grow well in your area.
Seed Bomb ingredients
Seed Bomb Directions
- Mix enough water into your soil so that it is damp and sticks together well.
- Roll the damp soil into a ball.
- Roll the soil in seeds
- Leave the soil in the sun for a few hours and then toss them into neglected places of your yard.
My kids had fun doing this but it is messy so I suggest making the balls outside in old clothing.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
While our Flower seed bombs were curing in the sun I sent the kids off on a backyard springtime scavenger hunt. I made the hunt fairly easy since my five-year-old would be taking part. Items to find included a new leaf, an old leaf, a bug, a bird, and a flower. I also included actions such as picking up a piece of litter and hugging a tree.
My oldest read the list and took the pictures while my youngest ran around searching for the items. They both had a lot of fun and it was a good way to spend a few hours outside together. It was also a good opportunity to spend some time learning about nature.
Once the scavenger hunt was completed and our flower seed bombs were placed in the yard we went inside for some ‘Birds Nest cookies’,. These were a nice way to end our Earth Day celebrations.