Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

About Backyard Mama

Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
* classes in your school or childcare center
* classes for camps or nature centers
* professional development through conferences and workshops
* professional development designed for your staff
* community workshops at libraries and agencies

We're always excited to design something special just for you!


Count Down to Earth Day

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Today I am launching a Count Down to Earth Day.

Earth Day started in 1970 as a way to increase awareness about environmental issues- today perhaps the biggest threat to our environment is the lack of children playing outside.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day with the children of the World.

1) Lay on the ground, look up at the sky and count the clouds, notice the shapes in the clouds can you find an animal shape? Tell a story about it.

2) Set out bird food- make three holes in a pie tin and hang it from a tree, fill with bird food. How many different varieties of birds come to visit?

3) Collect leaves and make collage. You can use paper or just lay your leaves on the ground and investigate how they look, feel, and smell. How many different shapes can you find?

4) Plant grass seed (Easter Grass). Here’s how to.

5) Read about the History of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and lead to creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and formation of National Parks. Celebrate in a Park!

6) Press flowers- pick flowers (and always leave plenty behind) place between two sturdy pieces of cardboard and weigh down the rocks or bricks. When the flowers dry, use them on cards.

7) Clean up the garbage at a local park or playground. Make it extra fun by bringing friends.

8) Visit a farmers market and purchase locally grown vegetables for an Earth Day dinner.

9) Make grape vine wreaths by weaving the vines, then decorate with nature items for an Earth Day crown.

10) Purchase foods in bulk to eliminate (or reduce at least) waist associated with packaging.

As part of my count down to Earth Day I am going to feature one nature-filled blog a day.

Today’s Featured Blog: let the children play check it out and be inspired!

Check back tomorrow for more fun activities!

Now head outside and play!

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5 Responses to “Count Down to Earth Day”

  • abbie says:

    Great list! We will be doing a lot of those things in the coming weeks. Love the countdown to Earth Day idea.
    abbie´s last [type] ..Day 283- in love with denise fleming

  • Hi, I’m popping over from Greening Sam and Avery (thanks Abbie). I really love your site and the wonderful message your are sending about the importance and benefits of connecting families and children with nature. This is a great list of things to do in the lead up to Earth Day.

    I am really looking forward to following your blog and sharing ideas.


  • Shannon says:

    thanks for stopping by and for reading and commenting!

    I look forward to sharing ideas too… I hope to sit down long enough one of these days to actually share!

    Have a great earth day and I can’t wait to check out your blog!!!

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