Celebrating Earth Day


earth day coverEarth Day is April 22nd and it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about planet Earth!

When I was perusing Pinterest to find some Earth Day inspiration, I found a lot of crafts that involved using lots of (new) paper which seemed counter-intuitive to the purpose of Earth Day. So, I compiled a list below of relatively easy ways to celebrate Earth Day…that are actually good for the environment!

Fun ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your whole family:

-Teach your kids where food comes from by either going to a Farmer’s Market or by planting an organic garden in your backyard.  Even toddlers can help with watering the plants!

-Take a practical approach with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by sorting items at home. Ask your older kiddos to come up with ideas on how to reduce waste in your house, and have them implement a new household rule.

-Search through your recycling bin and make “litter bugs” out of trash. This is a great one for kids in elementary school.

-Have everyone in the house pick out their own reusable water bottle so they feel excited to use it! Even Dad can get on board with this one.

-Read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss…always a crowd pleaser!

-Reuse a toilet paper roll by turning it into a bird feeder…then let the whole family spend time outside bird-watching and keep track of the different types of birds that visit.

-Enact “Meatless Mondays” to your weekly meal plan to cut down your family’s carbon footprint, and let each family member get involved in the process by picking out a new vegetable to try each week.

Do you have any Earth Day ideas to add to the list? Comment below!