It's never too early to pique kids' interest in the natural world. See below for some fun activities you can do with your child to get them thinking about plants, critters, places, and stewardship.
Hummingbird Feeders - Feed two birds with one stone by upcycling your old containers into a hummingbird feeder!
Bird Feeder - If you don't see many hummingbirds, you can also make these seed feeders using old soda bottles.
EPA's Planet Protector - Go on missions and follow the clues to help save the environment with the EPA's Planet Protector series.
Recycled Bottle Irrigation System - Enjoy gardening? Your kids can help you set up an irrigation system, and all you need is an empty plastic bottle and some scrap cloth! First, punch some holes in your bottle with a pen, scissors, or screwdriver. Second, loosely stuff it with cloth; an old sock or rag works perfectly for this. Third, find a free spot in your garden and dig a hole to place the bottle in, and then bury it to its neck. Voila! You're done! Fill the bottle with water whenever your plants are thirsty, and it will slow drain out to the roots.
Help familiarize your kids with some of Michigan's native species using the coloring sheets below.
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Don't have a printer for coloring pages or word searches? Stop by the Schoolcraft Conservation District office and we'd be happy to help you out.