Spring is the perfect time to appreciate the beauty of nature, as grass begins to grow, trees turn green, and flowers bloom. These Earth Day tips will help you celebrate nature with your kids.
Earth Day is a much-needed wake-up call for all of us. Not only do we tend to become busy in our day-to-day lives but we also tend to forget to stop and enjoy the beauty of the Earth that we get to live in each and every day. Think about the last time that you stepped outside and looked up at the sunset, or took a cup of coffee out on your front porch to listen to the birds chirping and enjoy the beautiful sunrise. All beautiful products of nature and our Earth, right?
It’s our duty to make certain that we keep our Earth clean and beautiful for all the generations to come. If we do this, our children will enjoy all the same things that we do now. As adults, we understand the importance of taking care of our Earth, but it’s also equally important to make certain that we are educating our children as well. What better time to teach and have fun learning about the beauty of our Earth than by celebrating Earth Day with your child?
Earth Day Tips: How to Celebrate With Kids
Have an Earth Day-Themed Party
Have an Earth Day party and invite their friends! Save on paper costs. Email out eco-friendly invites to all the friends that your child would love to celebrate with. Then, make the party unique — have everyone bring flower seeds to plant. When everyone arrives, start the party by having everyone plant their own flower seeds outside. Educate them on the importance of keeping plants growing for our Earth. It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of our Earth by being able to give back as well.
Learn About Caring For Plants
Teach your kids how to take care of the plants and trees that you already have. Caring for the greenery that you have is super important as well so that they continue to grow, thrive, and withstand the elements of nature. To celebrate Earth Day, take your little ones with you to the store to buy some yummy “plant food” and show them how to care and feed your plants. Let them be the ones that feed the hungry flowers and trees and have fun teaching them silly fun facts along the way. Talk about how plants grow every year. Mention the importance of keeping the plants that we have alive along with planting new ones to grow every year as well.
Spend the whole day outdoors. Challenge yourself and your kids to spend an entire day outside. Apart from the minimal need to go inside here and there, prepare yourself and your children to be out enjoying Mother Nature from sun up to sun down. Bike, hike, have a picnic, take a stroll around the local lake… all great things to do to immerse yourselves in the beauty of the great outdoors. Nothing shows appreciation like being out and enjoying nature. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and water for your day full of outdoor fun!
Check out the Local Farmers Market
Hit up the local farmers market and shop there for your meals for the day. If the farmers market isn’t someplace that you typically venture to, make it a special occasion to head that way. Have each one of your children pick out something organic and locally-grown, and then find a recipe together to create. How awesome does it sound to create all your meals based on found items that were grown locally? It’s a challenge to accept for sure! This is one of my favorite Earth Day tips because we love to cook together as a family.
Create a recycling race game. Teaching your child about recycling is important, but it doesn’t always mean it’s exciting. Why not take it up a notch and create a game where your children can race to add recycle items to the appropriate receptacles that they are supposed to go in? Have a few cans, cartons, and plastic bottles on hand. Explain to your kids that you’ll time them to see how quickly they can find the appropriate place to recycle. Not only is it fast-paced and full of fun, it’s educational as well.
Take the time to celebrate Earth Day with your kids this year! It’s important to educate them on the many ways that they can help now to help keep our Earth healthy as long as possible. Find ways to learn together, explore together, and have fun together in the great outdoors this Earth Day. These Earth Day tips are a great place to start, but let us know if you have any more ideas!