A Fun Earth Day Recycled Garden Activity

Earth Day is a global event celebrated every year on April 22nd. It’s a day dedicated to encouraging awareness and appreciation of our environment, as well as promoting sustainable and eco-friendly practices around the world. In the spirit of Earth Day, we want to introduce you to an engaging recycled garden activity that brings together family, friends, creativity, and environmental consciousness for a fun and cherishing event. This activity is both easy-to-follow and entertaining for all ages.

Materials Needed:

– Plastic bottles or yogurt containers (cleaned)

– Scissors or a knife

– Soil

– Seeds of your choice (herbs, flowers, or vegetables work perfectly)

– A small watering can or spray bottle

– Newspapers or plastic sheets (to protect your working area)

– Acrylic paint & paintbrushes (optional for decoration)


1. Prepare Your Containers:

Gather clean plastic bottles or yogurt containers that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin. Large bottles or containers work best for bigger plants, while small ones are suitable for herbs or flowers.

2. Cut Off the Top:

Using scissors or a knife (with adult supervision if needed), carefully cut off the top part of the plastic container where it starts tapering. You should have a simple open container for planting now.

3. Make Drainage Holes:

At the bottom of your container, use a pushpin or pencil to poke 3-5 small drainage holes.

4. Decorate Your Planters (optional):

Bring out your artistic side by painting colorful designs on your planters using acrylic paint and paintbrushes. Let your imagination soar with patterns, stripes, polka dots, or even write inspiring messages! Allow time for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

5. Fill With Soil:

Place your container on newspapers or plastic sheets to protect your working area. Fill your planter with soil, leaving about an inch from the top for room to plant seeds.

6. Plant Your Seeds:

Carefully follow the seed packet instructions for planting – this might vary based on seed type. Gently press the seeds into the soil and cover them lightly.

7. Water Your Seeds:

Once your seeds are planted, give them a gentle first watering using a small watering can or spray bottle.

8. Find a Sunny Spot:

Place your recycled planters in a warm location with plenty of sunlight. Don’t forget to water and care for them regularly according to seed instructions.

Celebrate Earth Day every day by cultivating your little recycled garden with family and friends. This creative activity not only nurtures plants but also fosters bonding and environmental awareness. Enjoy watching your seeds grow into beautiful sprouts, delighting in the knowledge that you’ve contributed to a greener Earth!