20 Buys to Help Kids Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

These fun finds will get kids outside learning about the world around them and how they can impact it in a positive way.

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March 26, 2021

Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach little ones all the ways they can make a positive impact on the planet each and every day. From conserving water to saving electricity to minimizing food waste, there are small yet impactful daily habits kids can start doing right now and for the rest of their lives. But one of the most important ways kids can help the planet is by continually learning about it. Encourage kids to explore their own backyard, plant a garden or tree, care for the animals and insects around them, and try out some fun (and messy!) science experiments. These kid-friendly gift ideas are perfect for any occasion, including Earth Day, and are good for the environment, too.

This Backyard Idea Box is filled with simple nature activities that will have your child sorting leaves, finding animal homes, drawing pictures in the dirt and more. The best part? It all takes place in your own backyard. Simply choose a wooden idea coin from the box and head outside. Each Idea Box comes with 60 activities on 30 natural, wood coins for plenty of adventures.

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Teach kids the magic of gardening and watching plants grow. This kit includes 10 paper seed bombs and a daisy-shaped plantable to fill your backyard with blooms. The set also includes three herb seed bombs — basil, chives and parsley — so kids can add a little flavor to their chicken nuggets. And, of course, it all comes in a recyclable gift box.

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$36.55 (Set of 2)

With all your new gardening projects, your little ones will need their own tools. The sophisticated wooden set comes with a small garden trowel and fork, so kids can work alongside you during outdoor adventures.

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Mason bees (don't worry, these guys don't sting) visit up to 1,000 flowers a day. Welcome these hard-working pollinators to your yard and garden with this interactive book. Using the book jacket and enclosed paper sheets, this book becomes a house for mason bees, and their nest will give kids a chance to observe the insects more closely.

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Hands-on experience truly gives children the opportunity to take a tree from a seedling to a fully grown apple tree. Start the tree in its pot, then a little over a year later, you and your kids transfer it to your yard where it'll start to yield heirloom apples in 10-15 years.

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Experience the life cycle of a butterfly with your kids. This kit comes with everything you need to raise and care for the included larva, that you and your kids watch turn into a chrysalis, then emerge as beautiful painted lady butterflies. Release the little pollinators into your yard to enjoy your flowers.

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$10

Give kids a worm's eye view of their veggies. Plant carrots, radishes and green onions in the see-through container so you and your kids can watch how they grow underground.

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Leave the TV and tablet behind and head into the great outdoors. This cozy hammock gives you and your kids the perfect place to relax and take in nature's beauty. Your buy also helps your fellow man with 50 percent of Pine Valley Outfitters' profits going to non-profit organizations that aim to end homelessness.

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Banana peels, eggshells and apple cores, oh my! From A to Z, teach kids what to and what not to include in a compost pile. Each illustrated page is a cleverly constructed collage that will delight young readers, as will the playful rhymes.

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$20

Celebrate Earth Day and beyond with clothing you and your kids can feel good about. Sustainable and ethical apparel company Pact has fun and empowering graphic tees for the whole family, including babies and kids. The super-soft tees are made with organic cotton in a Fair Trade Factory. In 2020 alone, Pact conserved more than 35.5 million gallons of water versus conventional cotton. We promise these are the softest kids' shirts you'll ever touch.

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Little ones will love this handmade kaleidoscope that consists of a wood-pin fixed imaging wheel that’s attached to a body made from birch plywood. To continue an ecological production line, natural products, like blossoms and dried plants, are used to fill up the wheels. Choose from five different sets, including spring and winter florals. You can even choose a blank disc so you can fill it with whatever you like from your own backyard.

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So long, disposable water bottles. Teach kiddos the importance of reusable water bottles and not creating excess waste. Kids will love the adorable graphics, and adults will love the spill-resistant design.

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$26

These colorful kids' dinnerware sets are all made from bamboo, a highly renewable natural resource, and a 100-percent food-grade melamine binder. Plus, they’re BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free, so they're totally safe for little eaters. Each shatter-proof set comes with a plate, a shallow bowl, a cup and a small spoon in colors that will brighten up any meal.

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For your animal lover, donate to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect endangered species and their habitats. From pandas and elephants to narwhals and great white sharks, your child adopts a stuffed animal version of their favorite creature with the money going toward aiding conservation efforts around the world.

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Let your mini gardener grow three strawberries in a little pot with magnetic removable leaves and bumblebees. Created from sustainable rubberwood, this sweet flower pot is made with the earth in mind. In fact, for every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is planted.

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Bedtime reading just got a little kinder for our planet. Introduce even the youngest member of your family to simple ideas they can do every day to improve the world around them, from turning off the water while brushing their teeth to using both sides of the paper when drawing.

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$15

Teach the art of recycling by finding new uses for old newspapers and magazines. Simply feed scraps of paper into the tool, turn the handle and transform the cast-offs into paper beads, perfect for making fun jewelry or crafty decorations.

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Draw and color on paper that doesn't harm a single tree. Mr. Ellie Pooh's products are created with fair-trade principles and are 100-percent recycled, made from 30-percent elephant dung and 70-percent recycled paper. Kids will get a kick out of their paper's humble beginnings.

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These star-shaped colors are made from crayons collected by the National Crayon Recycle Program. Additionally, each purchase supports Recycling Education, a program that employs people with developmental disabilities.

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Send love around the world with a gift basket that nourishes the environment. Heifer International empowers families by teaching sustainable farming practices. With this gift, you and your kids can provide a family with a hive of bees and tree seedlings. The bees give the family extra income through wax and honey, as well as pollinate for better crops. The seedlings prevent soil erosion and create shade for animals.

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