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Activity Ideas For an Earth Friendly Child Care Program

On Friday April 13, 2012, my staff and I were preparing the upcoming theme of “Earth Day” at my childcare facility. Our objective for the theme is to teach the children how to become earth friendly. I thought I would share some of those ideas with you and the activities are as follows:

Circle Time

During circle time pose an earth friendly question of the day such as; Why do we need trees? Be ready for creative responses and ideas!

Sensory Table

Add water, boats, fish and people to water. This is a great way to promote outdoor water activities such as: fishing and pedaling boats. Idea: Ask the kids if it is better for the earth to use a boat with gas or a boat with pedals?

Science

Add a picture of a windmill and discuss how the windmill creates energy! To save energy, consider opening the blinds and having the children to work with only light that comes in from the outside. We do this every year on earth day and the kids love it!!

Art

Create an globe by encouraging the kids to mix blue and green play dough together!

Walls

Post  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle signs. May be a good idea to add a recycling bin in the classroom.

Outdoors

Take the older children outdoors for a walk to clean up trash around your home or childcare center.

Language

Create an Earth Friendly word wall that consist of the following words: Water, Energy, Soil, Trees, etc.

Dramatic Play

You will need some large paper bags. Cut holes in the side of the bags for the kids arm to fit through the openings and on the front of the bag write: I am an Earth Friendly Kid (with Green Paint).

I would love to read your feedback about today’s blog post. Be sure to leave your comments. For more Earth Friendly Kids ideas, check out this Lesson plan idea, click here.

With Creating an Earth Friendly Child Care Business in Mind,

Shiketa

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5 Ways To Green Your Kids by Myra Abdus-Saboor

According to the Owner and Director of Teach Children Early Learning Center, “The warm weather is here and the kids are excited about all the fun activities they can during the summer. Your pocket is saying: Humm!

Think about all of the items you purchase regularly, that can be reused, recycled, save your family money, keep your kids happy and busy during the summer months.
Many families spend thousands of dollars on toys and activities that can be made simply and inexpensively. With just a few supplies on hand and for purchase at your local discount stores, you can create and make your own toys, games and fun summer activities”

If you desire ways to “Green Your Kids” here are some ideas to get started, Green_Your_Kids(1)

Thanks Myra for sharing such a wonderful resource. I can hardly wait to download my copy and share with my staff! Be sure to check out Myra’s Website at http://www.teachchildrenearly.com.

Do you have an Earth Friendly resource or ideas to share with other Child Care Business Owners? If so, email your idea to me at childcarenews@aol.com.

With an Earth Friendly Child Care Business in mind,

~Shiketa Morgan

A Link that you must check out:

http://ecochildsplay.com/2008/11/11/growing-up-green-how-to-raise-an-eco-aware-child/

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