Earth Day Fun
Earth Day Fun
They say timing is everything. Parents, are you looking for the right time to discuss important life lessons with your children? As parents, we don’t want to preach constantly at our children. We try hard to findÂ moments to naturally introduce topics that will prompt discussions with our kids.Â Talking with children about ways toÂ take care of the planet is no different. We certainly try to be good role models and lead by example, by showing our kids on a daily basis that we care about being earth friendly. We recycle,Â take reusable bags when shopping, never litter, and talk alot about being green.
Well, Earth Day is just around the corner, and what better timeÂ for parents to talk withÂ kids aboutÂ their responsibilitiesÂ in taking care ofÂ the earth. Really, April 22nd will be here beforeÂ we know it. Most school age childrenÂ are familiar with Earth Day, because most schools have activities and curriculum built around this special day.Â If you have younger children or would just like to do your part at home in recognition of Earth Day, then there are plenty of fun activities forÂ the whole family.
Keep it simple! Go for a walk or bike ride as a family. Talk about theÂ birds, trees, wildlife you see on your adventure and whatÂ your childrenÂ can do to protect it. It’s important to let them know thatÂ how they live and the things they do make a real difference. Walk through your home and ask your child what they think they can do to conserve water, reduce electricity usage and reduce waste. Let your child help with recycling. Give them items to place in the recycle bin.Â Kids are quick learners and before you know it, they know exactly what can and cannot be placed in that bin.
Gardening is a great hands-on activity, as well. Kids love to put their hands in theÂ dirt.Â Grow your own herbs and veggies. Let the kids see first hand that veggies aren’t only found in the grocery store. They might be more prone to eating veggies if they grow it themselves! Planting a tree is always a good idea too. As you’re planting, talk with the kids about the importance of trees inÂ the environment.Â Spending time in the great outdoors with your children isÂ essential if you want them toÂ developÂ respect for the world around them.
Parents, there are endless opportunities to gently teach your childrenÂ eco-friendly behaviors.Â Turn off the computer andÂ get the kids out from in front of the television, because there are plenty of great lessons waiting just outsideÂ your front door. Your children will love thatÂ special time with you.Â They will develop a great awareness and appreciation for the earth. While you’re teaching your child some very valuable lessons, you are making great memories in the process!
If you’re interested in some great crafts to enjoy with your kids, there’s a great websiteÂ with plenty of ideas for a fun Earth Day. Just clickÂ the link belowÂ to learn more.