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It’s never too early to begin teaching your child to care about the Earth! The earlier you instill eco-friendly habits, the more you child will care and continue them on for a lifetime. Start this Earth Day by trying out some of these activities.
Learn About the Earth
Read books together about the Earth, go for walks and make discoveries, and make a paper-mache Earth! Talk about features of the Earth such as rivers, mountains, hills, oceans, valleys, and plains.
Shop Fresh and Local
Take your kids with you to local stores and farmer’s markets. Talk about how important it is to buy local foods and how they are healthier as well. My son asks specifically for brown eggs now and loves going to our Market House!
Save things from around the house such as milk carton caps and rings, egg cartons, boxes, toilet paper rolls, etc… for your child to make crafts out of. You’ll be amazed at how creative your child can get with what is typically considered “trash”. Try using old boxes to make DIY City Blocks. Or simply let you child glue, tap and paint things to create something new like this airplane:
My children and I have participated in state-wide clean-up days. Cleaning up the Earth with others gives your children a sense of commitment to the Earth, a sense of community, and pride in doing something good.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In addition to traditional recycling you can do with can, bottles, and cardboard/newspaper, think outside the box with your children. Go through their closet of clothes and toy box to see what can be donated to thrift shops and show them how that is a way to reduce waste!
Plant a Garden
It’s so fun to plant flowers, vegetables or other things with your children. Even if you live in an apartment, try planting in some pots to keep on your porch. Try planting in egg shells as starters with this fun article!