These days everyone is going green. It seems that over the past few years, Earth Day has become a very big deal, and is celebrated all week. So here are some fun things you can do to get your kids involved this during this earth loving time. The more fun you have, the better chance you stand in keeping your little ones thinking green all year.
Become recycling super heroes:
My boys can be persuaded to do just about anything if they get to put on a red cape. Put your kids in charge of one of the families recycling chores. Give them a cool name like plastic man, or compost girl..ok you can come up with way cooler names But let them be the keeper of the gate when it comes to a recycling project, this way they have a vested interest in making sure it gets done, and you can enjoy letting their imaginations run wild while getting the plastics separated from the cans.
Somewhere along the way Earth Day & Arbor day meshed and now we plan trees on both days. While that is a wonderful idea, the thought of planting & caring for a tree can really overwhelm some people. So much so that they just don’t do anything. The truth is that planting anything with your children has benefits. Growing things big & small teaches a wide variety of values to little ones, and it can be argued that, these values alone will benefit the earth down the line. Also any living thing you grow yourself is helping the environment. So just plant anything, anywhere, any how. Just get dirty with the kids, and your job is done!
Look, the reality is that your kids have a full spectrum of projects, programs, TV shows, books, ect. available to them these days about going green, but the only way for them to appreciate mother earth is to get outside and enjoy her! Go hiking, or to the lake, take a walk along a stream, or go fishing. Anything outside, and beyond your four walls will help your kids appreciate nature, even if you live in the city..Just get out side! Take a little time out during your outing to discuss ways to help keep our earth healthy. This will get the conversation started, and they will have an idea of why they should care at all. Kids are not the least bit concerned that canvas is the new plastic, but they will care if their park is too dirty to play at, or the fish all die in their stream!
So enjoy Earth Day and your kiddos this green week. Do what you can, and remember a little does a long way!
HAPPY EARTH DAY