Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, a time to celebrate the planet we live on and everything that it has to offer. As parents it is important to teach children about the environment and the importance of taking care of the Earth.
Use this day as a learning tool to teach your child valuable life lessons about environmental issues. There are many family-friendly ways to help children learn to appreciate the planet we live on but here are our top 10 ways to take celebrating Earth Day with your Child to a whole new level.
Plant a Tree. Take your child out to the backyard and show them how to add some beautiful greenery to your house. Children will be proud when they look outside years down the road to see a tall, healthy tree. If it is your first time planting a tree, let this web site guide you and your child through the process of planting a tree.
Go Outdoors. Sitting in the house and watching television isn’t going to cut it. Go outdoors and enjoy some fresh air with your kids. Do something simple like a trip to the beach or hiking, while explaining to your child how important it is to take care of the Earth so that we can continue to enjoy it as long as possible.
Recycle. An important aspect of Earth Day is recycling. Teach your child what can be recycled and reused so that they can learn good habits for later in their life. Go throughout your house and gather up the bottles and cans and teach your child the importance of recycling these materials. When you’re done, you can take the materials to your local recycling center. Here’s a web site to help you find the nearest recycling center.
Arts-and-Crafts. If you are unable to get outdoors and enjoy the weather, there is still something you can do. Show your creative side by doing earth day arts and crafts. Your child will love to create various creations that show their appreciation for the Earth. Here’s a web site with some great Earth Day craft ideas.
Have an Earth Day Party. Keep with the theme of staying at home and invite some friends and family over to celebrate the day and spend some quality time together. At this party, in order to stay with the theme of Earth Day, you can serve vegan dishes. Foods that are free from meat will help celebrate the creatures that inhabit the earth with us. Contrary to popular belief, there are many vegan foods that taste just as delicious as non-vegan items. Here’s some other Earth Day party ideas.
Donate to a Charity. The most important thing to remember is that Earth Day is a global day. People around the world celebrate the day and we need to remember those people who are less fortunate than us. It is important to teach your children about the importance of helping others. With this in mind gather up a list of charities and present them to your child and have them pick which one they would like to donate to. This would teach a valuable lesson about generosity and helping those who are less fortunate. We, as humans, are in this world together and we need to show our love and support to one another.
Clean Up Litter. Show them that the important lesson that littering is wrong and harmful to the environment. This not only helps Earth, but will be a beneficial learning tool for your child. Make it an even more memorable experience by throwing on your swimsuit and doing it while at the beach! Here’s a website to show your children to help them learn more about the importance of trash pick-up.
Donate to a Charity. The most important thing to remember is that Earth Day is a global day. People around the world celebrate the day, and we need to remember those people who are less fortunate than us. It is important to teach your children about the importance of helping others. With this in mind, gather up a list of charities and present them to your child. Have them pick which one they would like to donate to, a valuable lesson about generosity and helping those who are less fortunate. We, as humans, are in this world together and we need to show our love and support for one another.
Sing Earth Day Songs. Young children they might not be as willing to participate in these events or ideas, but this doesn’t mean that they still can’t learn about Earth Day in a fun and enjoyable way. Sing Earth Day songs with your children, and it is a guarantee that they will have fun and learn at the same time. Here are some Earth Day songs that you can sing with your child
Create a List. Another activity that can be done indoors: Creating an Earth Day list. In this list, you can map out your plan to live a greener life in order to help the environment. Keep this list on the refrigerator or somewhere where you can see it every day so your child will constantly be reminded that taking care of the earth should be a year-round event.
So go out there, or stay in, and celebrate Earth Day with your friends and families. Show your child that Earth Day can be a fun and fulfilling experience.