Earth Day is a celebration on the 22nd April of every year. Earth Day is said to be put in place to protect the planet from pollution and deforestation. In order to prevent these things Earth Day was dedicated once a year in which people pick up litter and plant tree’s in order to make our world a healthier and happier place to live in. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, this was started because a Senator from Wisconsin organised a national demonstration to raise awareness for environmental issues. Earth Day began to be celebrated by more than 140 countries around the globe.
On the 22nd April children and staff at Twizzle Tops celebrated Earth Day. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the children and staff couldn’t partake in picking up litter, however we did dedicate some beautiful tuff trays and activities to Earth Day to help raise some awareness on why we should celebrate Earth Day. The children had activities laid out in the garden for them to explore freely and get as messy as need be in order to get some sort of understanding. They had activities like ‘outdoor vegetable patches’ in which compost was neatly put on a dust sheet, after this loads of different types of vegetables were put on the compost, this activity was to allow the children to understand that we receive the essentials we need in everyday life from the Earth and if we don’t care for it we no longer can receive these important essentials. There were also many more activities with the same purpose.
This event allowed the children to work on their understanding of the world and their physical development as well as their communication and language. These areas are vital for early childhood development as they get to learn and have a deeper level of understanding about the Earth and what it actually does for us in exchange for us treating it respectfully. Physical development allows a child to explore the environment with independence and confidence in the control they have over their own bodies and how they attempt to physically approach an activity, whilst communication and language allowed them to verbally communicate what they can see and what they understand from the activity.