Good Morning! 

Happy Earth Day!  
Earth Day was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. 

The first Earth Day occurred in 1970 and it always occurs on April 22. Over 175 countries throughout the world celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. 
Many people celebrate Earth Day by picking up trash on the roadside, cleaning up any trash in their yards, making sure that beaches and parks are free from litter and debris. Some even plant a garden. Inside the house, you can help the Earth by turning off lights you are not using, turning off the water while you brush your teeth and recycling. 
We talked about recycling last week. Today we are going to talk about rain. Rain is important for keeping our earth healthy!  
Come on Rain!  by Karen Hesse 

Rainy Weather Days  by Pam Rosenberg   

What happens when there is too much or too little rain? 
Math Activity: How Many Raindrops?  
Materials: paper, markers/crayons, cotton balls and glue (optional)  

  • Start by making clouds.

  • You can have your child glue three or four cotton balls together on a piece of paper to make a cloud. Repeat to make four or more separate clouds. If you don’t have cotton balls, help him or her draw clouds. 

  • Next, write a number above the cloud. If your child is in pre-K, stick to numbers between 1 and 10. If your child is in kindergarten, you can try numbers up to 20. Ask your child what the number is. 

  • Then, ask your child to make that many raindrops below each cloud. He or she can make raindrops with a marker or fingerprints. 

  • If you’d like, you can reverse the activity! Have your child make raindrops under the cloud, counting aloud as each is made. Then have your child write the number of raindrops he or she made above each cloud. 

Help us build our very own Kindness Rock Garden.    
Collect rocks to paint, paint beautiful pictures or sayings, and bring to the YMCA. Take pictures and post on social media and tag the Darien YMCA @THEDARIENYMCA.  
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Here is a link Earth Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  Enjoy the day with your children! 
Talk to you on Friday! 

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