Celebrating Earth Day is an opportunity to teach today’s youth about our planet and how to protect it. Raise awareness in your program by sharing ways we can help preserve our environment, whether it’s at home, at school, or in the community as a whole. By encouraging kids to make a difference and respect the world we live in, we can help build a better future.
Planting Pine Trees
Plan an event for Eath Day with your group where you plant small pine trees around your organization or in the community. Discuss the benefits these trees provide to Mother Nature, and the importance of being a part of that growth process. If each student or group member understands how something so simple as planting a tree can make a difference, it will encourage them to learn more ways to give back to the community and protect our planet.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to combine Environmental Awareness with STEM. For an educational STEM lesson, you may decide to grow your own pine tree plant from seeds using our Pine Tree Planters Craft Kit. With this hands on learning experience, your group can learn and identify the growth and development process of a seed from a plant. They will be able to identify the key elements a seed needs to thrive; soil, water, and sunlight. Continue reading →
Spring is coming and we are ready to welcome warm weather. Now is a perfect time to think about incorporating activities into your program that relate to gardening, nature, and of course, birdhouses.
Benefits of Including Nature in Your Program
Observing nature has proven benefits to the mind and body. There are a growing number of studies that suggest bird watching and creating outdoor habitats for birds can increase morale and reduce stress. Spending time outdoors is also important for today’s youth with the increased use of digital technology and video games. By planning some nature activities along with building and decorating birdhouses, both kids and adults can learn more about the importance of birds in our ecosystem, their unique features, and even incorporate STEM by discussing the aerodynamics of flight.
Use a variety of decorative and functional wooden birdhouses, bird feeders and butterfly houses for your group to create and decorate. In addition to the benefits of a group craft activity, these projects can help to create a home for birds and butterflies in a garden, along a walk way, and in the trees. Continue reading →
Combine STEAM and nature studies by adding a flower garden activity to your Spring activity calendar. Your group will learn all about Morning Glories with our EduCraft® Morning Glory Gardens Pack
This craft is a very easy and fun way to incorporate a STEAM lesson into your classroom, after school program, camp or even with your senior residents as a great Spring themed craft. For educators, by combining the science of growing plants and the creativity and personalization of their art work, students will be excited and engaged in the learning opportunity presented for weeks to come as their flower grows.
Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to teach your students or the kids in your program how to grow plants and gardens. Our EduCraft® Authentic Flower Garden Craft Kit comes with everything you need to grow your own Marigold flowers, plus we’ve included some educational lesson plans below to teach kids even more about how flowers grow.
Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading →