Every day is Earth Day!
Each year on April 22nd, people from around the world come together to celebrate the annual event, Earth Day, to discuss, learn, and take action on ways to protect our planet. A great way to honor this special day is through reading earth-friendly books and practicing Earth Day yoga poses for kids.
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Earth Day Books
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals and Ashley Wolff
Thank You, World by Alice McGinty and Wendy Anderson Halperin
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
I Love Our Earth / Amo nuestra Tierra by Bill Martin Jr.
How Big Is the World? by Britta Teckentrup
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr
The Whole Green World by Tony Johnston and Elisa Kleven
The Earth and I by Frank Asch
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Wump World by Bill Peet
Take Care of the Earth Every Day (Kids Save the Earth) by Tammy Gagne
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Gabby & Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington
Earth Day Yoga Poses for Kids
Get yourself ready for some yoga fun by clearing a space, kicking off your shoes and socks, and put on comfortable clothing. Use the Earth Day kids yoga sequence below as a guide or as inspiration for your own poses. The focus is on using movement to discuss different ways to celebrate our planet, not on perfectly aligned poses. Encourage your children’s creativity. Depending on their age, interest, and energy level, you could practice all fourteen poses or just a few. Begin your yoga session with a warm-up and end in Resting Pose. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before, just give it a go.
- Be a blossoming Flower in your garden – Child’s Pose (seed) to Kneeling (flower)
- Stand tall like a stainless-steel Water Bottle, instead of a plastic bottle – Extended Mountain Pose, extended arms like the spout of the water bottle
- Turn off the Lamp to save energy – Mountain Pose, with arms out to side like a lamp shade
- Move like a Windmill creating wind energy – Mountain Pose, with arms rotating like a windmill
- Walk to school to reduce gas pollution – Walking on the spot
- Be a tall Tree swaying the wind – Tree Pose, stand on one foot swaying in the wind
- Be a Farmer driving a tractor through your chemical-free fields – Chair Pose, with hands on wheel
- Be a clear, rushing Waterfall that is safe to drink from – Standing Forward Bend, like a waterfall
- Swim like a Fish through clean ocean waters – Bow Pose, swimming like a fish
- Twist like an energy-efficient Washing Machine – Hero Pose, sit on your heels with upper body twisting back and forth like the motion of a washing machine
- Be a Cloth Bag, instead of a plastic bag, to carry groceries – Boat Pose, balance on your buttocks with your legs straight out front like a cloth bag
- Read a Book about ways to save the Earth – Butterfly Pose, sit with your bent legs and the soles of your feet together like the pages of a book
- Be a Bicycle that you ride to school to reduce pollution – Knees-to-Chest, on your back with legs pedaling a bike
- Rest on your back and look at the shining Stars through the clear night sky, with no air or light pollution – Resting (Do Nothing) Pose, lay on your back imagining that you are looking at a clear night sky, breathe deeply and relax.
My daughter “swimming” like a fish in Bow Pose.
Other Earth Day Activities for Kids
- Research the history of Earth Day and talk about its purpose.
- Create an Earth Day Scrapbook compiling all your research on earth-friendly activities.
- Take pictures of the children practicing the poses and make an Earth Day Book.
- Read books that focus on the environment, like the Magic School Bus Series, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, or The Wump World by Bill Peet. Have the children write book reports. Share your favorites.
- Take a fieldtrip to a local demonstration forest, landfill, factory, recycling center, energy-efficient home, fish farm, or water facility. Take notes. Encourage the children to share the information with friends, family, and classmates.
- Create a dedicated Earth Day wall for their artwork. Use recycled material for art supplies.
- Take magnifying glasses and a science notebook to research their observations while visiting a local park.
- Team up with older or younger students to do an Earth Day activity.
- Look at a world map and discuss environmental issues that certain areas have in common. Find pen pals from other countries who will share environmental issues from their countries and discuss ways to make a difference.
- Make a list of environmental challenges. Have the children choose one or two that interests them and then research the topic at the local library. Help them understand its cause, its impact, and what can be done to repair the damage.
Earth Day Yoga Stories for Kids
Two of our yoga books incorporate a subtle message on protecting the environment, which would be perfect for an Earth Day celebration.
Luke’s Beach Day (available in English and Spanish)
Sophia’s Jungle Adventure (available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese)
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