Earth day is a day to celebrate our planet by taking extra good care of it. The very first Earth Day was April 2022, 1970 after the Santa Barbara oil spill. Often when we think of Earth day, we think of cleaning up trash, tending to our local parks, planting, and even advocating for our planet. Families with older kids may pick up litter in their neighborhood or make a pledge to go plastic free and learn more about recycling. If you have younger kids you could read “It’s Earth Day,” by Mercer Mayer and then talk about taking care of our earth when having fun with this simple art project. Another great option is planting flowers and seedlings! Try this unique Earth Day activity of making seed paper to plant on a warm day.

Earth Day Seed Paper

The day or week before Earth Day, make wildflower seed paper in the shape of the Earth. Planting bee-friendly wildflowers will encourage pollination of fruits and vegetables planted nearby as well. Additionally, they keep our bees around! Sadly, 1 in 4 bee species are at risk of extinction. We need bees for our crops and the food we eat!

Materials Needed:

  • 10 pieces of white or light colored scrap paper (reduce, reuse, recycle!)
  • Bowl of water
  • Blender or Immersion Blender
  • Blue and green food coloring
  • Slotted spoon
  • Muffin tin (silicone is easier, but not necessary)
  • Wildflower pollinator seed mix
  • Brown paper bag for storing

Earth Day Activity Directions:

  1. Rip up your scrap paper and soak it in a bowl of water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, scoop half the paper out of the water bowl and into the blender. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and then blend it until smooth. If necessary, to break up all the paper, you can add a little bit of water back in. You are essentially making paper mache in this step.
  3. Once it is fully blended and looks like pulp, remove it and squeeze out as much excess water as you can over a strainer or in cheesecloth.
  4. Do the same with the other half but add green food coloring this time around.
  5. Place a thin layer of blue paper mache pulp on the bottom of your muffin tin.
  6. Sprinkle some seeds on top and then put green paper mache pulp over the seeds, making it look like our planet, Earth. Be sure to press down so that the paper fibers compress together.
    • Note, that if you don’t wish to have a mixed seed packet, a few bee friendly pollinating seeds are black-eyed susan, daisy, poppy, aster, snapdragon, coneflower, basil, and parsley.
  7. Let them dry in the muffin for 24 hours before popping them out. This is where a silicone pan is a little easier.
  8. When they are completely dry, store them in a brown, paper bag and in a cool, dark place until you are ready to plant.

It’s Time to Plant our Earth Day Activity

The best part about making these seed papers is that you can pass them out to friends, family, and neighbors for everyone to enjoy! Furthermore, getting outside in nature is great for kids! If you are looking for a outdoor loving nanny with lots of energy, Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny is a Connecticut nanny agency dedicated to finding you the perfect match.

  1. Dig a shallow hole, half an inch deep and soak it with water.
  2. Now, plant the seed paper and pour more water on it. It should be shallow, so only cover it with ¼ of an inch of dirt.
  3. Do this right before it rains for best results.
  4. Enjoy as they grow and let children document the growth by measuring and drawing what they see every 3-5 days.
  5. Note that if it is too cold in your climate on Earth Day to plant outside, you can do it in a pot in your house that can later be transferred outside.

This activity is not only fun, but also makes our Earth beautiful. Additionally, it reuses scrap paper rather than throwing it away, and encourages our bees to stick around! Have fun with this Earth Day craft and you can always enhance an activity by reading a children’s book to extend their learning!

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About The Author

Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Potty Training Expert. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she is the eLearning and Social Media Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her children, going for walks with her family, and discovering local wineries in New England.

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