Earth Day is a great opportunity for families to connect with their children. As parents, we want to teach our children to care for things outside of themselves, to have empathy and to have an appreciation for the planet they live on. Here are some great tips that can bring your family together while enjoying Earth Day:
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - Talk to you family and set-up systems based on the 3 R’s. Reduce: walk more, turn-off water and lights and ride bikes. Reuse: clothes, books, bags and boxes. Recycle: water bottles, soda cans, newspapers, and boxes.
Nature photography - Help your child appreciate the beauty of being outdoors. Grab your camera or smart phone and head outdoors for a picture taking outdoor adventure. You could print pictures and make a collage or let your child get behind the lens and take them themselves.
Outdoor game of “I Spy” - Kids love to play “I Spy.” It even entertains them when waiting in the doctor’s office. The great outdoors will offer your child tons of things for their little eyes to spy.
Cloud watching and star gazing - You can help develop their sense of wonder in simple ways; such as, laying a blanket outdoors and looking up while watching the clouds and describing shapes and animals; and for the evening you can star gaze while looking for constellations while imagining what else is hidden in space.
Read - There is no better way to develop a young mind then reading! Choose books about Earth Day, saving our bee’s, recycling, planting and much more.
Earth Day provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors while learning to preserve the planet that feeds and sustains us. Enjoy!
“Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
* Henry David Thoreau