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CommunityGrows Earth Day Scavenger Hunt!

Green Inspirational Spring Quote Facebook Post

Happy Earth Day everyone! Today, we want to take time to observe and appreciate the Earth and the nature that is all around us! This includes our yards and neighborhoods!

The Challenge

CommunityGrows invites you to participate in our Scavenger Hunt challenge! While you are outside or on a walk today, see if you can find:

– a flower for every color in the rainbow
– a leaf or flower that is bigger than your face
– something fuzzy
– a tree that looks young
– a tree that looks old
– a bug that flies
– a bug that crawls
– a flower with a long stem
– a plant that has a strong smell

Message karen@communitygrows.org and tell us what you observed! If you’d like to be featured on our social media, send us a picture or story about your best find (or tag us in your photo!) Good luck everyone!!

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day (additional activity): Before you head back inside, here’s a short meditation exercise that engages the 5 senses.  shared by Edutopia

While we hope everyone has a chance to experience some nature today, we also want to make sure everyone is safe! So as you take part in the challenge, please be cautious of what you are touching and remember to keep a 6ft distance between others!

Nature Weaving


Shared by Garden & Nutrition Educator Cristina


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or String
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Long Plant Materials (e.g. weed, flower, stem)



Step 1. Cut  short slits in the border of the cardboard around 1inch apart. Do this on both ends of the cardboard, making sure the slits line up with each other.

Step 2. Make a knot at the end of the yarn and place it in one of the top slits of the cardboard; put the other end of the yarn in the bottom slit of the cardboard (make a second knot to secure). Repeat this with every slit of the cardboard.


Step 3. With your plants part start weaving, passing the plant material under the yarn and then up and over the next yarn. Once the plant material is intertwined, gently push it up to the top of the cardboard.

Step 4. Continue to weave plants and move them up gently until the cardboard is filled. Share your creations!


Roasted Chickpea Snack


Kid jobs: Pinching, pouring, stirring, eating, smelling

Learning objectives: Choosing spices is a creative skill that you can practice and develop. Begin to know spices based on smell, color and texture. Delicious snacks can be healthy, homemade, affordable, and fun. Practice fine motor skills.


  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Any mix of spices that you like [I generally do Smoked Paprika and Garlic, but this is a nice way to develop and share a preference].

Supplies: Mixing Bowl, Stirring Spoon (or you use your hands!), Baking Tray, Oven.


  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Step 2: Wash one can of chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) in a colander.
  • Optional Step: Depending on the interest of the participants, pinch each chickpea to get the skin off! Leave the skinless chickpea intact, don’t smush it! You don’t have to do this step, but it can be very meditative and/or fun. Chickpea skins go in the compost.
  • Step 3: Pour chickpeas into a medium mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil until all chickpeas are coated. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and the spices you choose over the oily chickpeas and mix until they are all coated with all the spices.
  • Step 4: Pour them out on a lined baking tray into one layer of chickpeas.
  • Step 5: Put in the oven for about 20 minutes and check two or three times to stir so the roasting is even-ish. Pull them out once they are the crispiness that you like. [I like a toasty outside with a mushy inside, but sometimes I forget and leave them until they are crispy all the way through with a delicious outer layer of spices, and that is okay too!]
  • Step 6: Allow to cool until it’s easy to pick them up. [I suggest putting them into small individual bowls because once you start snacking it’s hard to stop!]
  • Step 7: Eat!

Garden Parfait Snack Recipe

garden parfait


  • 2 graham crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Blueberries and strawberries
  • Plastic knife
  • Plastic spoon
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Colorful paper squares
  • Clear plastic cup


Step 1: Using one paper square and markers draw a flower or nature scene. Cut out the picture and tape it on the end of the spoon, it will look like a flower in a garden when you are done!

Step 2: Crush one graham cracker in the bottom of the clear cup using the spoon.

Step 3: Pour several inches of yogurt over the graham cracker layer.

Step 4: Chop the strawberries and blueberries however you like, place them on the surface of the yogurt in a design to make a caterpillar, worm or pattern. Crumble the remaining graham cracker all around the remainder of the yogurt surface. 

Step 5: Add the flower spoon, admire the layers  of your parfait from the side of your clear cup and then eat!