Climate change and sustainability are at the forefront of our minds like never before.
At the forefront of our children’s minds too.
Finally, the word is spreading and children themselves are driving their own important messages of sustainability. They’re even questioning the decision-makers of the word. It fills me with hope.
Are you ready to introduce your child to sustainability?
It’s a big topic and it can be very complex. You might be wondering where on earth to start.
The good news is that even young children are capable of understanding how to protect the environment. Have you heard about Ryan Nickman? He started his own recycling business at 3 years old! Or Greta Thunberg, who at only 15 years old, spoke at the UN Climate Change Conference.
Big emotions, however, can also lead to feelings of overwhelm, and even hopelessness. I’ve been there, you probably have too. It’s called conservation fatigue.
We don’t want our kids to feel hopeless and we don’t want them to feel like there’s nothing they can do to help.
Because that’s not true.
Instead, we want to provide them with small, positive ways they can make a difference.
I’ve made it really easy by creating an Earth Day Resource Pack that breaks down some of these challenging concepts for you.
Plus, it’s almost Earth Day, which makes it the perfect time to introduce sustainability to your children.
Check out what’s inside!
Beautiful Earth Day Cards
Earth Day Action Cards
Children may be little but they can make a significant difference to the impact they have on the earth. These 12 action cards will show them exactly how they can.
The cards don’t have to be introduced to your children all at once either. Feel free to start with one or two a week.
Below you’ll find a list of ways these cards can be used.
There’s also a lovely poster that accompanies the cards. If you’re working with them, it’s nice to add a poster to the wall to help reinforce their learning.
Earth Day Vocabulary Cards
Words related to the environment can be difficult to understand, some can’t be explained by one picture alone. But 20 words were chosen and paired with images that will help your child absorb some of those difficult concepts.
The words reduce, reuse and recycle are a good example. These words regularly get rolled into one meaning, when they’re actually quite different.
- Reduce: reduce your use of unsustainable products, like single-use plastics.
- Reuse: reuse items you already have rather than throwing them away
- Recycle: for a child it usually means putting materials into a recycle bin which then usually goes away and get’s turned into something else, like recycled furniture or plastic bollards.
Swap This Cards
Recycling gets a lot of attention but reducing your waste is actually the most sustainable choice of the three. I’ve made dedicated cards to help children swap from single-use to multi-use items. One switch alone will reduce a huge amount of waste.
Use these cards and then tally how much waste you’ve saved each week. Children will be thrilled to see the difference they’re making to the environment.
What can you do with your Earth Day cards?
Here are some fun ways you may like to use your Earth Day Cards:
- Turn each card over one by one. Chat about the cards and let your child or children express their thoughts or experiences about the topic.
- Spread the action cards out on the ground in a big circle so the children can walk around them. Ask your children to pick one action they will do for the earth this week.
- Print two sets and you have your own Earth Day snap, or memory cards.
- Set them up at a desk or nature table as an invitation to play.
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If you know me well, then it won’t surprise to you that I’ve added a couple of nature crafts to the Earth Day Resource Pack.
I couldn’t help it. My heart leads me straight back to playing with natural materials.
Another lovely way to ensure children care for the earth is to experience it. Going outside and collecting natural materials for your crafts is a lovely way to do this.
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Earth Day Posters
Included in the pack are four gorgeous posters that will help to reinforce the same messages that are on the cards. They’re perfect placed on a wall above a nature table and they come in two different sizes.
Earth Day booklet
Some children love to grab a pencil and find a quiet desk, although I recommend a spot in the garden, to fill in little booklets. I’ve added an Earth Day booklet that will encourage writing and promote thinking, with the following parts:
- What do they love about the earth
- Where earth fits in the universe
- What a healthy and unhealthy environment looks like
- What they want to do to help the earth
Earth Day Resources to help your little ones care for their world!
Earth Day Resources
20 Earth Day Vocabulary Cards
12 Earth Day Swap This Cards
12 Earth Day Action Cards
2 Earth Day Nature Crafts
4 Earth Day Posters
Of course, you don’t only have to use these Earth Day Resources on Earth Day. They can be used all year round. After all Earth Day should be every day!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the Earth Day Resources Pack?
Get your Earth Day Resources in the shop. After payment clears through PayPal or Credit Card, you’ll receive an email with a link to the download. You can save this straight to your phone or iPad so that you can access it anywhere at any time! Be sure to back it up to your computer just in case. You will have access to your cards for three months, with three download limits just in case something goes wrong.
How and where should I print my materials?
You can print them at home and cut them out, but I would suggest you go to your local printer. They have better quality printers and you can ask to get them printed on thicker paper, which means they will last a whole lot longer.
Take a quick look at our printing guidelines page and this will give you more hints and tips. When printing your material, please be mindful of the environment.
What if I don’t like the pack?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the product or it’s not what you imagined. Just be sure to email me within 5 days of purchase.