World Environment Day Crafts and Activities for Kids

There are so many fun activities you can do with your family to both give back to the environment and celebrate World Environment Day.


Celebrated every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is a holiday created by the United Nations Environment Programme in 1973 to promote global awareness about our environment. The theme this year is Green Economy: Does it include you? 

Kids might not understand the concept of a "green economy," but that doesn't mean you can't still teach them about the importance of our environment.

Don't be afraid to get a little dirty.

Composting is an easy way to teach kids about the importance of the environment while still making sure they have fun and keep busy. Not only does composting save the environment by recycling organic resources, it also saves water by helping reduce runoff and stops the need for commercial fertilizer in your garden.

compost-bin

I found this easy idea for a compost bin over at My Milwaukee Mommy. The lovely ladies who run the blog, Betsy and Ann, started this as a fun outdoor activity for their kids to teach them about the earth. They shared with me that kids are more excited about activities that they are able to help out with, so why not put them to work?! Kids can help by shredding old newspaper, tossing in your worms and dirt, as well as the "turning" of the bin or decorating the outside with colorful markers.

"They will love getting their hands dirty," said Betsy and Ann. "This is a great way to get your family to realize how much waste goes into the garbage and much we all consume as a household."

Get crafty with your recycle bin.

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Just in case your kids aren't the down and dirty type, Jen from The Suburban Mom suggests recycling those old toilet paper rolls into patriotic paper rockets! All the supplies for this craft can already be found in your own home. Remember that this is a fun way to teach kids about the importance of reusing and recycling. Jen says that if you lead by example and that recycling should be a family affair.

Go on a field trip!

Dr. Deborah Gilboa is a mom of four and family doctor. She took her boys on a day trip to the local water treatment plant to teach them about where each glass of water comes from. I really love the idea of not only teaching kids about water waste, but showing them how it all works. 

"This led our second grader to talk to his class about the difference between sewer drains and storm drains," said Dr. Gilboa.

Head to the kitchen

Flower-Pot-Dessert

This no-bake pudding pie recipe will save on gas and will be a yummy treat for the kids to get mix together. It's also healthy (don't tell the kids!) as it is made with avocado and coconut milk.

I'm sure you can easily think of more ideas to get your kids involved in World Environment Day this year, but I hope these tips will help you get started!

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