Do you want to celebrate Earth Day with your kids this year? You’re in luck! Here are some ideas to help you plan an Earth Day celebration that will leave a lasting impression on your whole family.
Earth Day (April 22) is the day to educate children — and adults — about the importance of keeping our planet clean.
Children are very influential and often learn new things every day. They also tend to have a heart of gold and instinctively want to help and please others. If we can educate our children about the importance of caring for our planet through family fun and play, we can only hope they will continue the cycle with future generations.
The best activities you can perform on Earth Day are to put active plans in place for the entire year. Use Earth Day as your starting point to educate your family and create awareness for doing good deeds. This is also a great way to conserve, cut down on your household bills and implement change and responsibility for your kids.
Teach your children about conserving electricity, water and reducing fuel emissions by turning off house lights and appliances when not needed, turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and taking more walks or riding bikes instead of driving.
Look for ways to reuse things around the house or use them for craft projects. Buy or accept secondhand clothing and household items when you can, and donate unused items to an organization or school in need.
If you don't already have one, designate a waste bin for recyclable materials. For younger children, designate three smaller waste bins or stackable boxes and draw or use magazine pictures of recyclable items to the side of each bin. It's easier for younger children to grasp the concept of recycling if it's visual — and if the items are separated into categories like plastic, paper and aluminum.
Organize and host a beach, park or community clean-up event. Pick up littered public areas and/or lay grass or plant flowers and trees where the agriculture has died. Cleaning up debris helps our natural wildlife and the newly planted horticulture reduces the amount of wasted water consumption, and that helps the environment.
Throw a party for your kids to cap off your Earth Day efforts. Start your day with a clean-up outdoors, watch Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, make an Earth Day jar (see below), cook a meal from organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables — then finish it off with a fun Earth Day dessert.
Create a jar full of ways your children and your family can help the Earth beyond Earth Day this year.
How are you celebrating Earth Day with your kids this year? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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