It is important that we teach the future generation how to appreciate and respect our planet. The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and water we drink has diminished over the last 200 years. This is especially true because we have intensified industrial activities.
To mitigate this occurrence and to allow for a chance for our children to have a better way of life, we must teach them to use better energy resources and develop cleaner ways of living.
This can be carried out by involving them in a number of activities, especially if they are some simple and easy to do earth day activities for your kids.
Celebrate Earth Day with Your Kids
Earth Day provides us all with a great opportunity to talk to our kids about the environment and things we can personally do to be more environmentally friendly.
It is a perfect occasion to plan some fun activities the whole family can enjoy together. So, here are a few earth day activities for your kids and you:
Participate in Community Clean up
Many communities have lots of clean-up initiatives, but you do not have to wait in any assigned day. You can choose a trail, roadside or local community park. Make the activity fun and competitive. For instance, give a prize for the person who collects the most garbage.
Provide gloves and teach them responsible and safe ways to carry out these activities.
Even though it might not be a sensational prospect, this is one of the best ways to emphasize unquestionably the thought to your children about properly disposing of their garbage and recyclables. It will give them greater pride in taking care of their community as well.
Plant a Tree
Many groups complete this particular activity on Earth Day, understandably. Trees are one of the best assets to fighting greenhouse gases and they continually clean the air. Plus, if they are fruit trees, you can get some free food seasonally.
But they also assist in cutting down on the energy consumption by flouting winter winds. Not to mention, being a reliable shade from the summer sun.
Trees are usually homes for various birds, bugs and other creatures.
They are immensely important when it comes to mitigating soil erosion, and they clean the air around them. They further decrease greenhouse gasses by soaking up carbon dioxide.
It does not matter whether you choose to do so in your own yard or somewhere else in your neighborhood, planting a tree is a great way to contribute to a better environment. Nowadays, there are planting a tree as a memorial initiative or as a living tribute as well.
Take a Walkthrough Nature
Immersing yourself in nature is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Whether you go camping, hiking or just for a brief stroll through your community park, with your family, this will certainly add value to your children’s lives.
You can also take your children to the zoo and teach them about wildlife.
Make certain that you take along a camera to capture all those memorable moments, stunning sights and unique creatures that your children might find fascinating. Do not hog the camera for yourself, but allow your kids to take their own shots as well.
They can even create a little album or collage to signify the day.
Construct a Birdhouse or Birdfeeder in your Yard
Kids often find this kind of activity fascinating and thrilling. Building a birdfeeder an awesome project and kits birdfeeder kits are sold in many stores.
There are also tons of instructions, which can be found online on how to set up a bird feeder or birdhouse. It would make a great DIY project for your family.
If you have a birdhouse or birdfeeder in your yard, it will draw these animals and you can enjoy their beautiful songs and sights. You can then create teaching sessions on different types of birds that are traversing through your yard all year long.
Plant a Garden
There is nothing like creating your own peaceful oasis filled with energizing plants, beautiful flowers and awe-inspiring pests. These are the benefits of planning a garden.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables will reduce your monthly grocery bill. But it will also decrease your environmental footprint. Your whole family can participate.
Each person can have their own little section or plant for which they are responsible.
You can show your children how to sow the seeds indoors and then transplant them outdoors. Set up a schedule and your kids can learn when these plants should be watered, mulched or pruned.
Do not just make all the decisions yourself. Involve your kids in the decision-making process. Ask them what vegetables they would like to grow. Have them research which ones grow well in your region and they will be more likely to take ownership of the garden.
Aiding in growing vegetables and other food types could just change your children from being picky eaters.
Hold a Swap or Yard Sale
Waste disposal is also one of the ways we clutter landfills and create unnecessary pollution. It is good to think of creating ways in which your kids can learn how to recycle at a young age.
Recycling is not just about how to allocate or reuse your plastics, paper and glasses. It can go much further when you teach them how to recycle their belongings.
Kids usually have an abundance of books, clothing or toys. Why not let them have a garage sale or a swap sale.
Plan this with them from early so that they are prepared to let go of old keepsakes. You do not want a screaming, squealing, petulant child on the day. Teach them the importance of sharing and impacting the lives of others who are less fortunate.
You never know, they might choose to make regular donations to churches or hospitals.
Selling or giving away any unwanted items will lessen the strain on our landfills.
Attend an Earth Day Event
On this day, there are generally quite a few events that you can attend. These may range from group hikes, nature walks, eco-festivals, educational workshops, tree planting or community clean-up projects.
Keep track of local events being scheduled on the day.
You can watch your local news program, visit your local community website or even check out www.earthday.org.
Go Bird Watching
To cement the idea of taking care of the environment, animals and plants around them, doing activities with your children on this day is a solid decision.
So, why not take your kids bird watching, out in the bush?
Have a completion or prize for the person who spots the most birds and possibly, who can identify them.
It would help to dress them like bird watchers on the day and even get binoculars. This will aid their sight and make it easier for them to differentiate between the birds.
Visit your local library for bird books and prepare your children for the day. Also, you can have them take photographs and later search for them online. There are lots of ways to make Earth Day activities more interesting and fun, if you do, they will be talking about it for quite some time.
They can even print out the pictures and create their own scrapbook or photo album of the special birds they saw.
Have a Car-free Day
This next activity goes a long way and is something that when they are adults, they can practice on occasion.
Let your kids participate in the pact to use a different mode of transportation on Earth Day. Possibly, they can take the bus or train, rather than being picked up in a car.
Or even when you are running errands or shopping for groceries, if it is a short distance, you can all walk.
In the evening, when you are back home, discuss the impact of your decision on the environment, how you help to reduce carbon emissions and even how as a family you and your kids can continue to promote a cleaner environment.
“World Car Free Day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day.” The event encourages enhancement to “mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance.”
So, that is another time during the year that you can encourage your kids to participate.
Use Recycled Materials to Make Crafts
Finally, what about getting them involved in making arts and crafts for Earth Day?
This is typically a simple and easy to do Earth day activity for your kids. You can play around, use recycled items like water bottles and other items found around the house.
Earth Day is April 22nd of every year, so talk with your kids about the projects that you can work on to celebrate the day.