World Environment Day is all about connecting with our natural environment.
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Here are a few ideas to help the little people in your life get outside and become closer to nature:
- Lay on the lawn in your backyard (or local park), look up and gaze at the clouds (what shapes can you see?), watch the trees sway in the breeze and listen to the birds. Be still!
- Get your old clothes on and dig in the dirt. It’s immunity boosting and fun! Make mud pies, finger paint with mud or feel it squelch up between your bare toes. And did you know that June 29th is International Mud Day, which aims to connect children around the globe by playing in the mud! What a perfect excuse to get grubby!
- Plant something! Grab an old plastic pot, fill it with potting mix and sow some big seeds like snow peas or broad beans. Watch the wonder of seed germination.
- Go on a bug hunt and look for creatures like grasshoppers, butterflies and ladybirds in the backyard or park. Take a magnifying glass and notepad to record your cool natural discoveries.
- Collect leaves, twigs, grasses, seed pods, bark and flowers and create a nature collage. It could be an abstract design or make ‘petal people’, their name or initials or leaf animals.
- See what World Environment Day activities might be on in your area or find out what’s on at your closest botanic garden. Many have fantastic regular activities for kids.
So get out and about! Kids won’t remember their best day of television or computer games.