Five Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Kids
April 22nd marks the 38th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designated to shed light on environmental issues of all kinds. The news and here and check with your city’s website or local elementary school.
Buy Locally Grown Produce
Along with eating organic foods, there’s been an increasing movement to eat local whenever possible. This is a valuable lesson to share with kids and with crazy produce processing debacles, probably an even better idea. Even better, plant a garden with your kids and grow your own vegetables. I’m being realistic here though and visiting a local farm is probably as good as it’s going to get for The Summers. Here’s a great website to help you locate a pick-your-own farm near you.
Get Rid Of Plastic Bottles
We gave up sippy cups (Thank God!) many years ago, but my kids still love having “their own” bottle of water to carry around. Recycling every plastic water bottle in the US would make landfills 2 billion tons lighter. Imagine the effect if we all stopped using water bottles all together? I bought my kids each a couple of Sigg water bottles a few months ago and the combination of a fun bottle and filtered cold water that comes out of the freezer door in our new house has reduced our trash output and increased their water consumption. It’s a classic ‘Win-Win’.
Be Creative With Your Trash
Make art out of trash with your kids to highlight the power of reusing. We’ve attended sessions at a local recycled art place called Arts and Scrap and come home with beautiful wind chimes, bird feeders and generally cool pieces of art all made mainly from industrial waste. Arts and Scraps offers lots of ‘kits’ so you can do some projects at home and they offer a great listing of similar places in other areas so you can find one near you.
Organize a Toy Swap.
I can not count the number of toys which have made it into my house only to find their way to the Salvation Army a few months later because they were not All That. It’s a waste of money and frankly a waste of resources to continually buy things my kids aren’t going to love. This is where a toy swap comes in. There’s something intrinsically appealing about someone else’s toys. To a four-year-old, other people’s toys are just plain better. Here’s some advice for doing your own toy swap. You could also try BabyPlays, a toy rental company which is like, as far as I can see, Netflix for toys. You choose a plan, 4 toys a month up to 10 toys a month, and select the age appropriate toys you’d like for your kid. Let them play with the new toys for a month and then send them back for new ones. Brilliant!
How are you celebrating the Earth with your kids?