5 Ways to celebrate Earth Day

Rallying your kids to celebrate Earth Day is easy when you get them involved in fun eco-friendly activities that help them appreciate being green.
Rallying your kids to celebrate Earth Day is easy when you get them involved in fun eco-friendly activities that help them appreciate being green.

5 Ways to celebrate Earth Day

1. Grow a garden

There couldn’t be a better opportunity for your kids to get their hands in the dirt than by planting a backyard garden. Let your kids pick out seeds or seedlings and help them bury them in the soil. In a few weeks or months, depending on the plant, they can pick their homegrown goodies.

2. Teach them to recycle

Get a set of recycle bins, one for each recyclable material, and teach them the importance of recycling. Start with easy items, such as cardboard, cans, and paper then as they get the hang of it, introduce more recyclable materials.

3. Buy fun eco-friendly products

Leading up to Earth Day, evaluate disposable items your kids use and swap them out for reusable or recycled items. For example, my son’s favorite “green thing” is his Desert Camoflauge Sigg Bottle, which cuts down on plastic water bottles that end up in landfills yet keeps him well-hydrated. You can also buy eco-friendly toys, such as those from Wonderworld, a company best known for their wooden toys and their year-round tree planting program called Tree Plus Project.

4. Have a conservation contest

How many days go by that your kids leave lights on or run the water when they aren’t even using the faucet? Teach your kids the importance of saving energy and water then create a chart for each family member that tracks the days that no lights were unnecessarily left on, the door wasn’t left open, water was used wisely, etc. At the end of the week or month, award the top green family member with a green thing.

5. Get outside

One of the easiest ways to foster an Earth Day appreciation is to get them engaged in outdoor activities focused on nature. Instead of letting your kids watch TV or game all afternoon, take them for a hike or visit the nearest beach or lake to scour along the shore looking for nature’s treasures. You can also spark their creative side by having them build things out of branches, rocks, pinecones, shells or other readily accessible natural materials. Check out The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick (Frances Lincoln Publishers, February 2012) by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.

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