Picnic

Picnic (Photo credit: Carlos López Molina)

Earth Day 2013 is April 22nd. Last year I shared a book and a way to add sounds to it to assist you in celebrating with a child. This year, let’s celebrate Earth Day with a picnic and music!

The picnic idea comes from The Nature Conservancy. (f you have an Earth Day picnic and are on Twitter, tweet it and include #AllHandsPicnic.) The concept is to get people outside enjoying nature and enjoying the food earth provides. In doing so, we are asked to consider what the earth provides us and to leave our picnic site in better condition than when we arrived.

Picnics are amazing fun. Just changing venus for a meal gives it a different feel.

Bad weather? No problem! Hold your picnic on a different day. Or, move it inside! A blanket on the floor or table and a picnic lunch is still a change.

Maybe its the Girl Scout or Kansan in me, but a picnic calls for music! Prepare and pack while you boogie to “Stone Soul Picnic”. On your way or while at your picnic site, have a sing-along. Try these on for size:

  • The Ants Go Marching (*These are my preferred ants at a picnic)
  • She’ll  Be Coming Round the Mountain (Change the words to “Oh we’re going on a picnic” letting everyone contribute dream items/food to take) 
  • A-Tisket-, A-Tasket
  • We Are Marching to Pretoria
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  • Morning Has Broken
  • This Land Is Your Land

A day like Earth Day can be a great time for special music.

Earth Day music for children:

  • Songs for Teaching has a long list of kid friendly songs available for purchase. 
  • Sway Like a Tree – Rachel Rambach (This would be a fun one to add scarves to add to the movement mentioned in the lyrics.)
  • Earth Day Song 

Earth Day music for teens and adults:

Discuss or sing songs that highlight environmental issues. The 2012 post listed several songs and discussion questions. Consider adding :

  • Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  • Don’t Go Near the Water – Johnny Cash
  • Traffic Jam – James Taylor
  • Earth Song – Michael Jackson

How will you observe Earth Day?

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