Having taken part in a Preschool Earth Day blog hop, I wanted to be sure and share some ideas for helping older adults celebrate. With Earth Day around the corner on April 22nd, I know some caregivers are searching for some easy to use activity ideas. I’ve included a Christian and a secular approach.
I live in a church going community. If you work with a similar group, consider a religious spin for all or part of your Earth Day Observance. Scripture could include:
- Genesis 1:26
- Job 12:7-10
- Isaiah 11:9
- Isaiah 24:4-6
- Ezekial 34:2-4
- Romans 1:19-20
- Revelation 11:18
Hymn to sing:
Here are some songs that speak about aspects of the earth and a couple of discussion starters to get you going.
– What a wonderful world
- What things make the world wonderful for you?
- How do we protect those aspects?
–This Land is Your Land (chorus & first verse)
- What resources in our country need protection?
- What do we need to decrease smog so people can enjoy the “skyway”?
- What do we need to do to protect the “golden valley”?
- Consider writing a verse on things the group names
–Where have all the flowers gone? (First verse)
- What things have damaged the earth?
- What keeps plants from growing?
- Write your own verse about care of the soil or plants.
– I Believe
- Highlight the aspects of rain, light, growth mentioned in this song.
-Mercy, Mercy Me: If you have a few boomers in your crowd, this would be a song to talk about how things have changed in how we care for the earth.
–I Need to Wake Up: The group will likely not know this song to sing. But, the lyrics would be great for leading a discussion.
- What do we need to wake up to?
- What do we need to change?
- What do we need to speak out about?
How will you use music to observe Earth Day? Please share it in the comments below.