Celebrate Earth Week with AETN and PBS
Posted on 18 Apr 2014
Earth Day — falling on Tuesday, April 22, this year — is a great time to talk about a wide range of important and fun topics with the kids in your life! From conservation and ecology to getting out and exploring nature themselves, there are all sorts of great ways for kids to explore and learn with AETN and PBS!
To get started, we have some fun crafts from PBS Parents that you can pull to do and talk about some topics that are already on your mind. A few of our picks include:
This Coffee Filter Earth Day Art project. It’s quick, easy, fun and colorful - four of our favorite things in a kids’ craft!
If you’re thinking about recycling, both this Earth Day Portrait craft (made chiefly with bottle caps) and this DIY Windsock project (crafted from old plastic sacks) are great segues.
If you want to go beyond crafty and really dive into the science itself, give this Natural Ice Boat experiment a try, and talk about buoyancy, temperature and any other topics you feel like delving into.
More interested in exploring the literary arts? Check out a few of the options from Scholastic or dive into a book!
You can celebrate Earth Day and Poetry month with this “Poems for the Earth” idea from Scholastic.
Practice “earth” words and build social studies vocabulary with this “On the Surface” printable from Scholastic.
From kids favorites, like Fancy Nancy, to classics, including Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” to outstanding nonfiction, such as “Where Do Polar Bears Live?,” your library trip this week offers great themed reading opportunities! Check out some of our reading suggestions here and here - and don’t forget to check your inbox for the AETN Kids Newsletter, which offers reading lists, activities, episode guides and recipes to cook together every month!
And last, but certainly not least, don’t miss special programming throughout the week during our PBS KIDS broadcasts that we told you about early this month in our Earth Month blog post.
Subscribe to the AETN KIDS Newsletter at aetn.org/kids
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