“I Heart The Earth” Clip-On Backpack Pledge Cards to sign and keep.
“Plant The Seeds Of Earth Care” Seeded Paper Bracelets for the students to wear. Lead everyone outside to march around the neighborhood, waving the signs.
Lead students in brainstorming ways to cut down on their use of disposable items. For each type of item they can think of, challenge them to find an alternative. For example, paper napkins can be replaced with cloth ones and paper cups can be replaced with sturdy, reusable plastic glasses. To get these youngsters started on putting these ideas into practice, hold drawings for “One Planet, One Dream, Go Green” Recycled Water Bottles and “One Planet, One Dream, Go Green” Non-Woven Shopper Totes.
Perhaps your town doesn’t have a curbside recycling program, but does have locations throughout the community to drop off recyclables. Make it easier for families of your students to take advantage of this system by letting them bring items to the school. Then recycling won’t involve a separate stop for them. Recruit volunteers to take turns hauling the recyclables to a drop-off location. Launch this project on Earth Day. Give “I’m Cool, I Recycle” Buttons and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Silicone Bracelets With Pledge Presentation Card to your volunteers.
Create a visual aid to illustrate how humans are making more trash than they know what to do with. Begin with a box from a refrigerator or other large appliance; flatten it. Draw the Earth’s continents on it and color them green. Color the rest of the cardboard blue. Show your students this image. Then have them gather “clean” trash, possibly things that have accumulated in their desks, backpacks, etc. Help them glue the trash all over the Earth. Ask them to step back and see how the image has changed. As a reminder, pass out “Handle With Care” Laminated Backpack Tags and “Handle With Care” Heat Sensitive Pencils.
Think big when you think Earth Day 2011. Arrange an outdoor concert that features bands performing family-friendly music. Tie the concert into Earth Day by powering the equipment with solar energy. For advice, contact other organizations who have held solar-powered concerts. During the concert, throw packages of “Earth Day Rocks” Rubber Wristbands out to the crowd. As everyone leaves at the end, distribute “Earth Day Rocks” Temporary Tattoos.