It's Earth Day and the mild weather -- combined with schools being closed due to COVID-19 concerns -- mean it's a great time to play outside! We've rounded up some crafts, apps and fun activities that will get your kids out into nature while they learn about science, math and the environment. Check out them out for outdoor fun to last all spring and summer.

Outdoor Crafts

DIY Paper Bag Kites
Build a paper bag kite with your child and learn more about lines, sides and angles!

Plant a Terrarium
Discover more about the plant world with Nature Cat!

Make an Upcycled Jellyfish
Creatively reuse plastic bags to create this mesmerizing jellyfish in a bottle.

Craft a Nature Dragonfly
Create beautiful dragonflies using objects you can find on a nature walk.


Apps

Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors
Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors is the on-the-go toolset that will inspire your child to explore nature – in the backyard, at a local park or even looking out the window. Every day, Nature Cat has a new daily adventure that lets kids use tools to record and share their observations in fun, creative ways!

  • Teach kids to use their eyes and ears to find exciting things in nature
  • Record observations in a nature journal
  • App includes Squeeks' Compass, Daisy's Camera and Hal's Sound Recorder

 

Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer
Go on a galactic journey with Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy and Sunspot from their backyard in Boxwood Terrace through space! Explore, paint, and play, as you learn about planets, stars and constellations.

  • Point your device to the sky and explore to see real world positions of constellations and planets
  • Add color to the night sky! Paint and color stars and constellations
  • Check out the Solar Encyclopedia for fun constellation facts

 

Outdoor Family Fun with Plum
Explore your neighborhood’s plants, animals, weather and more with over 150 unique missions.

  • Hundreds of tips to help your family talk about nature and science
  • New missions and achievement badges that unlock as you use the app
  • Digital tools to help your family observe and interact with nature

 

Photo Stuff with Ruff
inspire your child to discover what the “stuff” in his or her world is made of. In this camera-based experience, your child will learn about science by exploring his or her surroundings and taking pictures of different materials to complete silly scenes.

  • 40 comical scenes to complete
  • 80 unique properties to find, introducing kids to new science vocabulary words
  • Photo gallery to save, review and share creations


Want to have more fun with nature? Check out these interactive Nature Games from PBS Kids.


Indoor Activities

Videos

GreenBeats - This series of animated shorts focuses on critical environmental issues and themes and is targeted toward children grades 3 through 5. Children learn the importance of recycling, enjoying the outdoors and encouraging others to be good stewards of the environment. Plus, they are filled with fun, catchy songs! 


Educational Activities

We’ve created playlists in eMediaVA for various subjects and grade levels. Check them out when your children need a more structured learning time.

Science

Kindergarden

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Remote Learning Resources for Grades 6-12

Math

Science

Find more environmental resources in our online learning platform, eMediaVA.org.