Learning by Doing: A Roundup of Earth Day Printables!

Earth Day is only a few short days away!  It’s a time when our communities share a like-minded cause of remembering to care and cherish our Earth.

Earth Day came about after six years of effort from then Senator Gaylord Nelson, who, back in the 1960s, had the foresight to look at the long term impact of pollution on the environment. He was instrumental in getting his message out to college students, who took this issue on with concern and enthusiasm for this project. Earth Day became a National Awareness day on January 20, 1970, with the date set for celebration as April 22 of every year. In 2007, it is estimated that one billion people recognized Earth Day in some way.

Internationally, Earth Day is celebrated at different times, in approximately 175 countries. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed in the spring; in the southern hemisphere, Earth Day is observed in the fall.

There are a multitude of ways to celebrate this very special day from planting a tree, reading Earth Day related books to be “car-free” for a day. Many parents, teachers and caregivers also love the opportunity to deepen the understanding and wonder of this great planet we live on through activity and play. Below is a roundup of many wonderful activities and crafts from moms and earth-lovers just like you and I. Enjoy!

 

Earth Day Printables

3-Part Recycling Cards from Living Montessori Now

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt from Kc Edventures

Earth Day Printable Pack from Encouraging Moms at Home

Free Recycling Crushes Exercises for Kids from Christina Chitwood

Free Mini Earth Day Pack from 3Dinosaurs

Earth Day Action Reminder Cards from Cutting Tiny Bites

DIY Garden Seed Markers with Printables from Merriment Design

Free Earth Day Learning Pack from 3Dinosaurs

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Activity with Printable from A Little Pinch of Perfect

Free Earth Day Playdough Mats from 3Dinosaurs

Earth Coloring Page from What We Do All Day?

Free Earth Day Math Printable Worksheets for Kids from iGame Mom

Earth Day Printable I Spy Activity from The Moments at Home

Earth Day Worksheet from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

Earth Day ABC Order from Books and Giggles

Earth Day It’s Time to Recycle Game from Teach with Me

Printable Earth Outlines and Shape Books from A to Z Teacher Stuff

Printable Recycling Game from Adventure in a Box

Pollution and Solution Cards from Every Star is Different

Recycling Do-a-Dot Printable from Living Montessori Now
The day is observed to make all of us aware of our responsibilities towards our mother earth. The way we have been taking all that we can from the earth will one day finish all the coal and hydrocarbon from the earth. Same with all the minerals. We are extracting what all we can. The earth is our greatest friend but we earthlings behave as if we are the masters. The earth supports us in all the ways. It gives us the atmosphere to breathe, the water to drink, and food to eat. It gives us thousands of varieties of plants and it gives us the place to make our home. The earth gives its all to us without any protest, April 22nd is a day (and it shouldn’t be the ONLY day) that we can give back to Mother Earth. Reconnecting with nature is the best way to remind yourself why we’re fighting so hard to protect it.

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Easter candy can quickly add up

{guest post By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health.}

With Easter just around the corner, baskets are filling up with candy for kids. Sugar-packed treats are also part of the celebration for many adults.

Easter candy

Pop a Peep bunny or chick in your mouth and you’ve just enjoyed a teaspoon and a half of sugar. Sink your teeth into a and you’ve had 5 teaspoons. Four jelly beans equal a teaspoon of sugar.

It’s easy to see how Easter candies quickly load up our diets with added sugars.

Sugar can be natural or added. Natural sugars are found in whole fruits, vegetables and milk products. Added sugars are put into foods during manufacturing or at the table. Added sugars have many names that include corn syrup, date sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose, honey, maltose, molasses, sucrose and fruit juice concentrates.

The American Heart Association and the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting how much added sugar we consume. These calories crowd out other foods that provide important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that we need to keep us healthy.

Eating too much sugar can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and obesity. Added sugars can also increase inflammation by releasing inflammatory messengers called cytokines.

Most Americans eat 22 teaspoons or a ½ cup of added sugars a day. That adds up to 156 pounds a year, or 15 10-pound bags. The American Heart Association recommends only 6 teaspoons of added sugars each day for women and children and 9 teaspoons for men.

Reading food labels can help you see how much sugar you’re eating. However, it is sometimes difficult to decipher how much of that sugar is natural or added since the amount listed in the nutrition facts includes both. If you don’t see any of the names for various forms of sugar, then the total sugar comes from natural sugars. For candy, the total sugar is added sugar. It’s more difficult for a product like yogurt that has natural sugars from milk and usually has some added sugar. The label also lists grams so remember that four grams equals a teaspoon of sugar.

We like things sweet because we are born with a desire for sweet foods. Foods that are high in sugar and fat release “reward chemicals” in our brain and give us a strong desire to eat more.

This Easter season, start something new by rewarding your family with some alternatives to candy. Then rely more on the natural sugars in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products that also provide vitamins, minerals and many phytonutrients to keep your immune system strong and help improve or prevent many chronic diseases.

SIDEBAR: Easter basket alternatives

Create new traditions this Easter that include less added sugar. Try filling Easter baskets with fun alternatives to candy:

Bunny ears
Balloons
Bubbles
Colored pencils or crayons
Coloring books
Stickers
Sidewalk chalk
Toothbrush
Toys for the tub, beach or sandbox
Squirt gun
Stamps and ink pads
Jump rope
Hair bow/barrettes
Fun socks or tights
Gift card for phone apps or music
Seed starter kits
Baseball or tennis balls
Yo-yo
Bubble bath
Nail polish
Sunglasses
Movie tickets or DVD
Zoo admission

Happy Easter!

Bonnie Brost is a licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health

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Healthy Community Grants Available through Crow Wing Energized First application deadline April 15

{shared with permission from Essentia Health press release}

Crow Wing Energized is awarding Healthy Community Grants to support efforts to move our community to a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
Crow Wing Energized
Grant applications to Crow Wing Energized, a grassroots community movement led by Essentia Health and Crow Wing County Community Services to improve health and wellness in our community by making healthy choices essential, are being accepted. The first application deadline is April 15, 2017.
 
Organization criteria for applying includes serving or located within Crow Wing County, including but not limited to: neighborhood, youth, or environmental groups; faith-based organizations; health care organizations; civic or citizens’ associations; economic development agencies; local government entities; local businesses; school districts and other similar groups. Applicants are not required to be incorporated 501(c)3 organizations.
 
Applicant projects need to align with the Crow Wing Energized guiding principles as well as Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) SHIP’s financial guide:
• Creating and sustaining a united approach to improving health and wellness in Crow Wing County
• Collaboration towards solutions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. schools, worksites, medical centers) to improve community engagement and commitment focused on improving community health
• Being anchored in evidence based efforts around greatest community good that can be achieved through available resources.
 
The Healthy Community Grants are made available through Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding that was awarded to Crow Wing Energized. Grant applications are reviewed by the Crow Wing Energized Community Leadership Team and Goal Groups:
Healthy Choices goal group develops sustainable strategies and encourages healthy choices by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing active living opportunities, and helping to promote and support the healthy environments.
Mental Fitness goal group encourages and equips citizens in achieving and maintaining mental fitness by building networks throughout the county for achieving resilience, increasing the practice of intentional choices to help reduce stress and anxiety, and educating our communities to increase the knowledge of mental fitness so it will help to make positive choices regarding their overall health.
Workplace Wellness goal group helps to create a healthy and energized workforce by increasing employee satisfaction, maximizing productivity, minimizing absenteeism, and helping to reduce health care costs.
 
For a Healthy Community Grant Application visit crowwingenergized.org “Resources” page or to learn more about Crow Wing Energized and what it’s community partners are currently doing, please contact Cassie Carey – Crow Wing Energized Coordinator at Cassie.Carey@crowwingenergized.org or 218-828-7443.
 
 
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Earth Day Science and Sensory Activities for Kids

Earth Day is just around the corner! Is your family, classroom or daycare looking for some Science and Sensory fun to help celebrate this very special day? Lucky for you, I’ve done all the searchig for you! Below is a round up of some wonderful activities from earth-lovin moms just like you. Enjoy!

Earth Day Science and Sensory Activities for Kids

 

Earth Day Oobleck from Little Bins for Little Hands

Earth Day Sensory Play from Natural Beach Living

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt from Kc Edventures

Coffee Ground Fossils from Crafts by Amanda

Earth Day Discovery Bottles from Little Bins for Little Hands

Making Recycled Paper from You Clever Monkey

Earth Day Play Dough from Natural Beach Living

Model Magic Earth from 3 Dinosaurs

Which Plastic is Which? Recycled Plastic Science and Craft from Left Brain Craft Brain

What is a Carbon Footprint? From Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Creating Earth Art from The Craft Train

Earth Day Tuff Spot from Adventures and Play

Layers of the Atmosphere from Every Star is Different

Homemade Plantable Seed Paper from Views from a Stepstool

Worm Compost Bin from Something 2 Offer

Wormery Journal from Rainy Day Mum

Upcycled Catapult from Go Science Girls

LEGO Soil Layers from Little Bins for Little Hands

Water and Landforms for Kids from My Bright Firefly

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle A Waste Less Challenge from What We Do All Day

Make a Backyard Water Wheel from iGame Mom

Learn the Water Cycle with LEGOs from KC Edventure

Nature Collection Bottles from Play Learn Everyday

Earth Day Sensory Play with Water Beads from B-Inspired Mama

AND…if you’re looking for some great kid-friendly reading, check out this awesome booklist at Jump Into a Book.

27 Books that Hug the Earth: An Earth Day Booklist for Kids

Earth Day booklist for kids

Check out this nature/earth friendly book from my bestie, Valarie Budayr. It’s a good one!

A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters:A Year in the Secret Garden; a modern spin on a timeless classic. With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden is an opportunity to introduce a new generations of families to the magic of creating special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and get into the kitchen, craft room and garden.

Earth Day booklist

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