Thursday, March 27, 2008

Earth Day Activities for Toddlers and Older Kids

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is an important day for everyone who inhabits this planet. Every day, we are becoming more aware of the affects of global warming. As we strive to keep our eco-system in tact; and keep our rain forests from being destroyed; as a practical matter, there is more we can do on an individual basis. Teaching your kids the importance of Earth Day is the first step, as they will be the caretakers of our planet in years to come.

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family; not just one day, but every day can keep the environment free from further damage. Children as young as toddlers can begin to take part in Earth Day activities, and older kids will have great fun while they're learning the importance of caring for the earth.

Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop
Egg Carton Buggy Mobile
Scrap Cloth Pencil Holder
Tin Can Herb Pots

* Plant a tree in your yard.
* Recycle as much as you can.
* If age appropriate, have your kids walk or bike ride to school.
* When not at home, keep lights off.
* Make posters with your child and display them at school or at home.
* Ensure you are preserving water by checking leaky faucets.
* Conserve water by not leaving water on when brushing teeth.
* Limit time in the shower.
* Wash car less often.
* Replace filter in air conditioner often.
* When shopping at grocery store, use recyclable bags.
* Volunteer to help clean up your local park
* Teach kids how to grow plants and herbs
* Build a birdhouse in your backyard

By implementing these suggestions, you are teaching your kids energy conservation; recycling; increasing plant and tree growth; respect nature; save water; reduce toxins in the air; keep the environment clean; planting trees and flowers to increase oxygen; reduce air pollution; and love and respect all animals who inhabit the earth.

Imagine if everyone took the time to implement just one of these suggestions, we would truly be able to save what little we have left, and preserve this precious earth for our kids and generations to come. Teaching your kids the importance of Earth Day has become necessary to the future of our planet.

1 comment: said...

I like the herb can, except that it will be tough to make with toddlers :) I have planted some herbs with my toddlers this year, they decorated the egg cartons where we started seedings, it is so great that they are old enough to get involved.