Activity | Celebrate Earth Day with your section

Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on 22 April this year. Help your section get in touch with nature with these fun, environmental-themed activities. 

Nature Detective 

Suitable for: 

  • Beavers 

Encourage your young people to become nature detectives by conducting a biodiversity survey of the area outside your meeting place. Ask them to look for flowers, bugs and weeds using magnifying glasses and record what they find to share with the rest of the Group.

Indoor Campfire 

Suitable for:

  • Beavers
  • Cubs 

To prepare the ‘wood’ for your campfire, cut a square shape from a pizza box. Gather toilet roll tubes and cut kitchen towel tubes in half to use as ‘logs’. Cut brown paper bags into strips to twist into pretend kindling. Glue the tubes to the cardboard. Tear strips of bright red, orange and yellow paper to look like flames and tape them to the cardboard, playing battery powered tea lights among them to light the ‘flames’. 

Nature Collage 

Suitable for: 

  • Beavers 

Ask your young people to draw a simple acorn shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Take them outside and ask them to collect items for the collage like nuts, leaves, twigs and bark. Back at the meeting place, ask them to glue the items they found onto the acorn shapes, keeping within the lines so their collage retains the shape of an acorn. 

Bug Hunt 

Suitable for: 

  • Beavers
  • Cubs
  • Scouts

To prepare for this activity, make a list of the bugs you would expect to find outside your meeting place and include an extra column for tick marks. Then ask your young people to go outside with their tick sheets to find the bugs. Tell them to tick off every bug they see. At the end, they should count the ticks to work out which bug they saw most. 

Inspired by these environmentally friendly ideas? Why not have a go at building a bug farm with your section?

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