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Published on 22.04.20 in Nature

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Today is the 50 year anniversary of Earth Day! We hope you can find a way to celebrate our world today. If you can get outside, try walking barefoot on the grass, stopping to really study a leaf, or insects going about their lives; do some cloud watching or hug your favourite tree.

"On April 22, we’re flooding the world with hope, optimism and action." The official Earth Day website has tons of brilliant information & resources, including

🌍 7 Eco-friendly actions for kids during the pandemic, Earth Day

Other links that might be useful:

🌍 Earth Day, National Geographic Kids

🌍 Earth Day Facts & Worksheets, Kids Konnect (US)

🌍 Earth Day printables & puzzles, Activity Village

🌍 How to celebrate Earth Day 2020 online, The Verge (US)



Even Google are celebrating - check out their very cute bee game - just go to main Google search page and press play.

Some inspiring quotes for today:

🌍 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

🌍 “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

🌍 “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” David Attenborough

🌍 “The earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry

Celebrating Dandelions for Earth Day

A blog post by Professor Jan White

"On Wednesday 22nd April, Earth Day reaches its 50th birthday, and this year it will be a huge global online event. While immersed in our current combined environmental and health crisis, it’s more important than ever that we seek to address the great imbalances that human activity has generated for our planet. Inspired by Juliet Robertson’s post (see below) about celebrating this important event, this post was originally written for Earth Day 2012 to celebrate Britain’s best plant – the Dandelion. I offer it again here to bring its irrepressible optimism and solution-focused resilience into our spirits and thoughts – and to explain just some of the reasons why this fabulous wildflower is the perfect logo for Early Childhood Outdoors!"

I’m in Charge of Celebrations: Earth Day Book Activity

Juliet Robertson's blog for Earth Day, with a book recommendation and links to lots of useful Earth Day resources and inspiration for activities.

dandelion fairy

COMPETITION CLOSES THIS FRIDAY - WIN A DELIGHTFUL DANDELION FAIRY DOLL!

Two people can each win one of these gorgeous hand-felted dandelion fairies - perfect for small world set ups and inspiring imaginative nature play.

We'll also throw in a copy of our Reasons to be Outside booklets, by Liz Edwards & Jan White, for each winner.

To enter, answer the following question:

The name dandelion comes from what French term meaning “lion’s tooth”?

Clue: you'll find the answer on our Dandelions Inspirations page.

Send your answers to share@muddyfaces.co.uk

Competition closes Friday 24 April, at midnight.
Click here for competition terms and conditions

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