It’s almost Earth Day and a great time to talk to your child about helping the environment. It’s also a great time to get your child interested in natural science and S.T.E.M. activities. Try these fun activities that can get your child excited and learning about planet Earth!
Go outside in your backyard, a park, meadow or anywhere there’s nature. You can even try the Farmer’s Market. Go on a scavenger hunt for plants, learn about different types and ask your child what they see or what they are curious about. This type of hands on activity is a wonderful way to spend time with the family and get some fresh air. You can also talk about spring and the different flowers that they see blossoming. On Pinterest, there are tons of nature scavenger hunt checklists that they can use as they are walking and looking. Check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/nature-scavenger-hunts/
Learn and Grow
Try growing plants in or outdoors with your family–and learn which plants grow indoors and which grow outdoors. Track the progress of the plants and read books about growing plants successfully with your child. Ask them wacky questions like : “Is it possible to grow mangos in Maryland? Why or why not?” This is also a good time to talk about local plants and the environmental benefits to buying local / in season produce. You can also talk about different places that plants can grow and ask them “Did you know plants can grow in the city too?” You can talk about the urban farms in Baltimore and even visit some!
Add a Magnifying Glass
Whether you’re out exploring or indoors learning, adding a magnifying glass is a great way to keep things interactive and engaging. They can look at bugs, plants, even pets and report back to you their findings.