8 Great Earth Day Activities for Families

Written by Kellie Barr on April 21st, 2014

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Celebrating Earth Day with children is a great way to help them learn about our beautiful planet, and our responsibility to care for it. There are so many ways that we can contribute to the Earth’s care every day, through things like recycling, composting, and reducing our consumption. But on Earth Day, it can be fun to find a special activity to do together to commemorate the day.

8 Great Earth Day Activities for Families

8 Great Earth Day Activities for Families: Natural Parents Network1. Plan a vegetarian or vegan meal. Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about how it takes less work for the Earth to grow plants than animals, and so eating vegetarian meals helps the planet.

2. Plan a meal using only local ingredients. Alternatively, if you don’t typically cook from scratch, try planning and preparing a meal completely from scratch. Use the opportunity to talk to your kids about how food ingredients that are processed, or travel long distances, require more resources than fresh and local foods.

3. Plant some natural bee attractants. Plants like wildflowers, clover, and herbs are all great for attracting bees. If you don’t have a yard, try a flower box in the window, toss some seeds into a vacant lot, or beautify another neglected corner of your neighborhood. Use the opportunity to talk about how much bees affect our food system and how they are experiencing die off from pesticides.

4. Release ladybugs or praying mantises in your yard or neighborhood. Beneficial insects such as ladybugs and praying mantises eat insects like aphids, which feed on plants and kill them. Use the opportunity to talk to your kids about how using beneficial insects keeps gardens and landscapes healthier without the use of chemical insecticides. Don’t forget to tell them about how chemical insecticides take a toll on bees and other animals who live on Earth.

5. Revive some old clothing using patches or dye. Tie dye covers stains on clothing that still fits, but looks dingy. Fun patches can cover holes in old jeans, jackets, or shirts. Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about how it is better for the planet when we use things we already have instead of buying new things.

6. Have a “Turn it Off” day.  If you can go without turning it on all day, don’t turn it on. Use candles instead of electric lights for the day. Use the opportunity to talk about energy consumption, and how we can choose to lessen our environmental impact by using less energy.

7. Write a letter to local officials. Consider what local initiatives could be implemented to make your town more eco-friendly. Together with your child, write a letter to your elected officials letting them know your thoughts about it.

8. Make a goal for the year! As a family, set a goal or two to lower your carbon footprint. Whether it is changing to more efficient lightbulbs as your current ones burn out, growing more of your own food, or setting up a plan to recycle more, your family can make a small goal that can make a big difference for our planet!

How will YOU be celebrating Earth Day with your children?

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