Earth Day is coming up this Friday and it’s a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids about taking care of the environment. This is something that I’m really passionate about teaching my kids.
I’m not sure why, but people in the part of Los Angeles where I live really litter! Sometimes I’ll even see people driving down the street and they’ll throw their trash out the window! It drives me and my husband nuts. Once he went to talk to someone who’d just dumped a bag of trash on the street and asked him “Why did you throw that on the street?” The guy responded “Because the street cleaners come and pick it up.” My husband replied “They only come once a week!” The guy just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. Grrrr.
I was raised that you NEVER littered. You picked up after yourself and you left a place at least as clean as you found it. Because I live around so many people who obviously were not raised that way, I’m obsessive about making sure my kids have more respect for their neighborhood, city, and world. Litter is just one of the problems challenging our environment and it’s up to us and our keeps to make sure that the world is around (or we humans are around) for future generations to keep enjoying it. Earth Day is a wonderful time to bring that message home to our kids.
Towards that end, I gathered 5 easy ways to share Earth Day and the importance of nature with your kids.
- PLANT SOMETHING: Go into the garden or even a potted plant for the house. Plant a tree, flowers, herbs, a vegetable garden. Allow your kids to play in the dirt and get their hands dirty. Then you will all enjoy watching your plant(s) grow and maybe eating of the fruits of your labors.
- CLEAN SOMETHING: Earth Day is a wonderful time for a clean up. Grab the kids, some rubber gloves and some trash bags and pick up trash from the beach, creek, city streets or anywhere else you find litter. If you go online, you will likely find organized clean-ups in your area.
- LEARN SOMETHING: Take the kids to a museum (natural history museum or science museum), zoo, or farm to learn about nature. You can also take them on a nature hike and point out the birds, animals, and plants.
- RECYCLE SOMETHING: Gather up and return bottles and cans to a recycling center (you can even do something fun with the money you get back). You can also create a recycled material craft.
- REDUCE SOMETHING: Teach your kids about the importance of reducing. Turn off the lights. Save on gasoline and bike or walk somewhere to commute. Visit a Farmer’s Market and save on packaging by buying straight from the farmers.
Those are some ways I came up with to celebrate Earth Day with your kids and teach them to be good stewards of our natural resources. How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? Let me know in the comments.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.