Earth Day is just around the corner and we couldn’t think of a better time to discuss this topic!
Every year on April 22, people from all over the world will celebrate activities that will benefit the Earth and continue to increase a healthy, sustainable environment. This is called Earth Day. The day first began in 1970 and has been celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. Learn more here: Earth Day
Though it may have started long ago, it has become a celebrated tradition and it is never too late to start doing something this year. Especially if you have children! What we do to the Earth now, will affect the future generation, AKA your children.
We all are familiar with the saying, “Children See, Children Do.” Let’s use this motto as our guidance as we teach our children to keep the environment clean because every little thing they see you do, they will imitate. When you start making it a more sustainable environment, they may too. We have put together a list of activities for you and your child to honor Earth day and forward!
For starters, have your child read a book about the importance of the Earth - we love It's Earth Day! (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer.
Next, implement these simple Steps into your routine and have your children follow:
- Turn off the light when you leave the room
- Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or washing face
- Unplug all electronics when not in use
- Separate trash so you can recycle paper, glass, aluminum cans and plastic
- Pack your child’s lunch in reusable bags
- Carpool with friends
- Take shorter showers
- Don’t litter
- Use refillable water bottles
- Walk instead of drive, when possible.
To better ensure that your children will follow these steps, make it into a game! Each time they follow one of these steps, give them a star. When they do not, take away a star. By the end of the day, have them count their stars and whatever number they have, give them a treat! This will help your children to learn quicker, which in return will be one step closer to keeping the environment clean.
Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:
- Go to a local park and clean up the trash
- Organize a clean up day at your child’s school
- Create posters for your children to display at their school
- Plant a fruit or vegetable garden
- Go on a Nature Walk
- Host a picnic at your local park
Lastly, teach them these three words:
Reduce: The amount of garbage you make.
Reuse: Things instead of throwing them out.
Recycle: Paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.
Great video to really see how much we waste when we don't recycle.
And of course, celebrate with this delicious snack!
Make dirt cups, (the delicious ones!) Mothering with Creativity has the perfect recipe for you to use!
What do you say? Are you and your child ready to save the Earth?
Whatever you do, make it fun! We can’t wait to hear all about it.