Marking its landmark 45 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Earth Day will be celebrated by millions of people.
Earth Day is a day on which people around the world gather to participate in activities aimed at raising public awareness about a variety of environmental issues including air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction, sustainable energy, climate change, and environmental policies.
Taking Care Of The Earth Is Not Just A Responsibility–It’s A Privilege.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of the air we breathe, soil needed to grow plants, water we drink….basically our natural surroundings!
Use Earth Day as a way to celebrate with your family and even teach a few important lessons about the world around us. Let me share a few ideas what families can do on this day.
Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.
You don’t need an expensive setup to start a compost bin, and starting a small compost pile in your backyard this Earth Day is the perfect way to teach your kids about recycling — nature’s way.
If you’ve ever wondered how much of an impact your family has on the environment, here’s your chance to find out. The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator, a fun and interesting interactive quiz that will show you how your lifestyle affects the planet.
Taking the quiz will be an eye opener for you and your kids.
You create a little avatar that looks like you and then walk through a process of looking at your lifestyle and then finding out what impact you have on the environment
What better place than the zoo to discover the animals we share our planet with, and learn about their habits and habitats? Many zoos around the country have special celebrations planned (which often include free or discounted entry). Walk with (or near) the animals in the great outdoors — there’s a lot to learn!
Find zoos across the U.S. >>
Take the kids for a night time walk with torches.
Invite the neighbors over for an Earth Hour Party and make it an annual event.
Earth Day is the perfect reminder to get outdoors and enjoy the Earth and your family more often. Turn off all of your electronics for one day and get outside for a hike, bike ride, picnic or nature walk with your family. You will be amazed to see how much easier it is to connect with your loved ones, when the only buzzing that you hear is that of the bumblebees.
Get your “om” on…Take your yoga mat outside and do your workout alongside Mother Nature. Can you feel that inner peace?
Plant a garden. Grab the kids, a shovel, and some seeds and hit the dirt with your family. Whether you plant one tomato plant in a pot or a large garden of fruits and veggies, gardening with your kids wil teach them about the cycles of nature and the beauty of growing your own food.
This Earth Day, parents can have their little ones help pack a box or bag of old clothes and toys they are no longer using. Donating these items ensures they will find new life through new owners or by being recycled, and avoids further clogging our nation’s landfills.
Save electricity. After the sun goes down, don’t turn on the lights, play “In the Dark” hide-and-seek.
Play online Earth Day games. After learning more about the environment, visit The Kidz Page Earth Day Games Page where you can clean up your virtual world.
**History Of Earth Day**
Create a jar full of ways your children and your family can help the Earth beyond Earth Day this year.
What you’ll need:
- scrap paper and/or paper bags
- large mason jar
What you’ll do:
- Cut small strips from paper bags or scrap paper.
- Write down simple things you can do on a weekly or monthly basis to help the Earth.
- Draw one piece of paper each weekend or once a month — depending on what you decide.
Examples of what to put in your jar:
- Plant a tree.
- Sew your own towels to replace paper towels.
- Volunteer at a recycling center or recycling event in your community.
- Make a home movie about what you do to help the Earth, and share it with friends and family.
- Get involved with conservation groups or programs in your area (aquariums, the zoo, etc.)
More Earth Day Resources
Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network is the coordinating body of worldwide Earth Day activities, founded by the organizers of the original 1970 Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes. Under Events, you’ll find thousands of international Earth Day events to attend, and the opportunity to add your local event. Resources include Environmental Fact Sheets and an Ecological Footprints Quiz.
Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Crafts for Earth Day – Fun for kids of all ages with Earth Day Coloring Pages and ideas for making kites and “Litter Bugs” from recyclables, and complete instructions for melted crayon and tissue paper globes, nature place mats and more.
Earth Day is the perfect day to talk to your kids about the green steps you take around the house to protect the planet and how they can help. Turning off lights and faucets, recycling, keeping the heat and air down low, and cleaning green are great ways to teach your kids about your family’s impact on the planet, and the steps that you can all take to minimize it.
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