10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

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Don’t you love this planet we walk and live upon, rich with oxygen and water, plants and birds? Think of the wide sky above us and the grass, mud, and flowers that beckon us outside our door to play. Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and the whole world will be celebrating this place we call home. It is important to teach children to love and care for the environment. The love part is easy—kids are right at home outdoors–the care part is more challenging and in many ways more important. We must take care of what we love, and the home is the seedbed where it all starts.

Make Earth Day every day with some of these simple ways for families to celebrate April 22nd. It is an investment in the future that will pay huge dividends over the course of a life.

1.  Reduce junk mail.  Start here with a quick Direct Mail online form.  To stop credit card and insurance offers through the mail opt out here.

2. Recycle!

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Make tin can stilts. Take 2 empty cans and turn them upside down so the bottom is facing up. Use a punch can opener to make 2 openings on opposite sides of the can. Thread enough heavy string through the openings to reach the waist. Step on the cans, pull up on the string and walk the talk!

3. Make the world more beautiful! Scatter wild flower seeds along the road. Go to your local nursery and find wild flower mixes that will thrive in your climate.

 

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4. Egg carton seed starters. Fill egg cartons with wet seed starter mix and plant big seeds little hands can manage like radish, bean or peas. Keep the soil moist.  Plant the seedlings in your garden when the plants are several inches high.

5. Compost. So easy! Mix fruit and vegetable peelings and trimmings, coffee grounds and a little soil from your yard together. You can add red racer worms from your local nursery for a faster breakdown of plant matter into rich dirt. We use field fencing wired in a circle for ours, but you can start smaller with a simple pile in the back yard.

6. Bike. Bicycling is the number one, most environmentally effective, AND efficient way to move the human body from A to B. Teach your kids the rules of the road, wear a helmet, and let them start out with short forays around the house or in a park. In a perfect world they would bike to school or their friend’s house when they were old enough.

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7. Walk. Walk to the bus stop, to school, to the park. Park once and walk your town’s streets for errands. Leave the stroller at home and hold hands.
8. Plant a tree. Nothing too big, a seeding will do. Watch it stretch for the sky and grow through the years.

 

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9. Go to the library.The concept is brilliant: borrow books, toys, and movies for free! Return them for someone else to use, and borrow more! Reusing is one of the best ways to conserve resources.
10. No power hour. That’s right. Turn off all the lights (use candles), the television, electronics, and appliances. Just for one hour. Power outages caused by storms were some of the best family memories we have.
11. Go outside!  (Okay I added  more than 10) Teach your children Red light/Green Light. Remember that one? A leader turns her back to a line up of people a good distance away and yells GREEN LIGHT! Everyone races up to her until she yells RED LIGHT! Everyone freezes and if she sees one tiny movement, back to the start you go. The winner and new leader is the one who touches her first.

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