#1. Plant a tree
On my son’s first birthday, we planted a tree for him and every year we take a photo of him with his tree. It’s really neat to look back and see how much they have both grown throughout the year.
My son takes special care of his tree. He waters him, trims off the dead leaves and he even talks to him (yes, we say good morning to his tree). This has taught both of my boys from an early age that trees are living and we need to take care of them.
#2. Earth Day Jar
Every year, we create an “Earth Day Jar”. On slips of paper or ice cream sticks (depending on what I have on hand), we write ways we will help the Earth throughout the year. Then we place them into a jar or a can that we have on hand (key is to reuse items you already have; you are, after all, helping the Earth). Periodically throughout the year, we will go through the jar and read the sticks. I’ll even give the kids a little surprise if they complete some of the tasks on their own.
#3. Go To the Movies
Every year on Earth Day, a new documentary is released. It has been our tradition, since my oldest was able to walk, to take the kids to see this movie. What I love most is that they are always educational and my boys will ask us a ton of questions after the movie has ended. It’s a great way to educate them on animals and the environment.
#4. Start a Garden
I’m so excited because this year we are starting our very first garden as a family! To make it extra special, we are going to create a small section for each of my boys where they will plant their choice of veggies. We are going to make little signs out of wood that they can each paint and write their names on. We will then put this in their section, so they know where their garden starts.
There are so many benefits from starting a family garden; kids learn responsibility, you can bond as a family, it introduces your children to new tastes, you can teach them how a plant grows, and it gets everyone to eat more fruit and veggies!
#5. Have a Party!
This one is easy for me since it’s my son’s birthday, but you can easily throw an “Earth Day” party by asking a few friends over for a potluck lunch/dinner. Have everyone bring a craft or activity for the kids.
- Make a bird feeder
- Create puppets out of old socks and put on a puppet show
- Set-up a painting station where the kids can paint on old t-shirts, recyclable paper, etc. Use old plastic containers (from yogurt or sour cream, for example) to hold water for the paint brushes.
Remember, kids can be green too! By coming up with fun activities, your kids will learn to reduce, reuse and recycle.