Earth Day is upon us again! What a great opportunity for us parents to teach our kids about the importance of honoring our planet in all of its beauty and wonder. It can be hard, though, to find the right clean up or community project that feels like a fit for the whole family, especially when kids are still young. But, we are thrilled to share our favorite way to engage young kids in celebrating on this special day: throw the Earth a birthday party!
The celebration of the Earth during this time of year is engrained in our history as humans. For as long as spring has awoken the ground from the slumber of winter, and people have worked the land, we’ve found ways to honor and thank our planet. Many cultures have long looked at springtime as the Earth’s birthday, celebrating this time of rebirth and renewal.
During the 1970s, April 22nd was declared as the official Earth Day, and a national movement toward environmentalism was born. While there are many meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day, we like to spend this special day with our kiddos at Tinkergarten by throwing a birthday party for the Earth.
Even if young children spend their time just manipulating just materials like dirt, water and sticks, they engage multiple senses and have positive chances to explore messy play. The chance to act messy in these early years gives a foundation to a young person to “think messy” or flexibly and creatively later on.
So, start getting your kids ready for a great big Earth Day birthday celebration! You can start collecting ideas today for what your kids think you’ll need for the party. Whether they desire mud pies, cakes or other treats, grab some water, find a spot outdoors this April 22nd, and celebrate the Earth. If you’d like some more ideas or suggestions, check out our Earth Day activity at Tinkergarten. Then, share your birthday party photos with us at #Tinkergarten #EarthDay2018 and #Tinkergarten. We can’t wait to see and share in your celebration, and we could not be more grateful for our shared home!
Happy Birthday, Earth!