Kids love dirt. They also love water, grass, animals and all the natural resources the planet provides, which means it’s the perfect time to talk to our kids about how to treat our Mother Earth. Earth Day happens every year on April 22, so here are some ideas on how to celebrate with your children and health in mind.
Make your front or backyard come alive by planting a flower that blooms all year long. Head to the local garden center and buy some blooms. A great tip is choosing a perennial flower because it will allow your kids to see their hard work year after year.
Create an organic meal for the whole family with produce from your local farm stand. Let the kids help with the cooking and talk to them about what organic food means for the environment. To help reduce waste, try saving leftover vegetables from one of your dinners and use it.
We all know kids love anything that can be made into a game, so what better way to teach kids the meaning of picking up trash then turning it into a game. Give each kid some gloves and a trash bag and see who can get the most trash into their bags. The first one to fill up their bag, wins! Prizes to be determined by the parents, but try to make it within the Earth Day theme.
Healthy Earth Day Snacks
After your kids get dirty, it’s time to fill their bellies up with something that comes from the healthy part of our Earth. And bonus, all you need is a round plate and maybe a photo of what the earth looks like so you can replicate it in fruit form.
Use this healthy snack to talk to your kids about what trees do for our planet.
Whatever you decide to do on this Earth Day, remember to do it as a family. As parents, one of our most important jobs is to teach our children to respect and appreciate our environment.