Not only do we have to take care of mother Earth, but we have to protect her. On Earth Day, April 22, you can join together with us and help preserve the Earth. Earth Day was proposed by peace activist John McConnell to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. This is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of preserving our environment. I am strong believer in the need to take care of our Earth. It doesn’t take much; every little difference helps. Use these ten ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your families.
1. Plant something
Most kids love getting dirty, so this is a great one! Whether it’s a seed, a flower or a tree, creating new life is always great for the environment. Once it grows you are left with either yummy food you grew yourself, or a beautiful flower to remind you that you did something great for the Earth.
2. Walk them to school
Walking not only saves you gas, but it decreases the amount of pollutants released into the air. Create a fun game to play on the walk, such as who can spot the most/coolest animals.
3. Make a poster
Make a poster that says “Happy Earth Day” and then have your kids decorate it. This will encourage conversations about the Earth and help your child to learn about how to preserve it. After it’s done, hang it on your front door. Not only will your child have had fun coloring, but your neighbors will be reminded that it is Earth Day.
4. Take pictures
Whip out the digital camera and have the kids go on a walk to find their favorite tree or garden, and then take a picture of it. Once you are back home, have a slideshow with the pictures. Ask the kids why they liked that spot so much, and explain to them how they could preserve it.
5. Decorate a recycling bin
Take your regular old recycling bin and let your children decorate it. While they are having fun painting trees and birds, inform them about the earth and why it is important to take care of it.
6. Visit the aquarium or zoo
Most aquariums or zoos have special Earth Day activities, so they can learn first-hand about the natural environment. Seeing the animals in person will remind them of why it’s important to protect them.
With the kids, go through your house and bag all of the things that your family no longer uses or wears. Once you’re done, take the bags to a local place that accepts donations. This teaches kids about reusing, recycling and giving.
There are many Earth songs on the internet that you and your children could sing along to. Even making up songs about why the earth is so special would be fun and informational.
9. Turn the lights off
Create a game where if someone forgets to turn the lights off when they leave a room, they owe $.25 to the Earth Day jar. This is a good way to teach them how preserving energy can help the environment.
10. Make Promises
Fill a chalkboard, or large paper, up with promises that you and your kids are going to make to the environment.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!
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We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.
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