Here's some great tips that you can do with young children to celebrate Earth day and to teach your children how to be "Green":
For Toddlers & Preschoolers
For Toddlers & Preschoolers
- Let them practice turning off the lights whenever you leave a room and teach them vocabulary such as "light" & "turn off the lights"
- Let them practice turning the taps off after they brush their teeth and show them how not to waste water. Again, a good chance to teach vocabulary here
- Put them in charge of making sure you turn the TV etc. off whenever you aren't using it. They love having tasks to do, especially when they are put in charge!
- Let them help you hang clothes on the line instead of using a dryer
- Kids as young as toddlers can help sort recycling and even place items into bins
- Decorate reusable bags together that you can use when you go shopping
- Teach them how to pick out ripe/ seasonal fruit and vegetables whenever you go grocery shopping. K loves smelling all the produce and feeling it which is a great sensory activity.
- Start a compost. My son loves taking out the garbage and taking out food scraps is just as exciting!
- Let your child help dust the house with a microfiber cloth instead of using harmful sprays
- Start your own garden and work on it together
- Help them draw pictures or take photos of what they find during outdoor activities
- Watch movies or TV shows that teach about the environment and make sure to talk about what you learned afterwards
- Plant a tree and watch it grow
- Pick some flowers together and make a bouquet, or dry them and press them to make a picture
- Feed the birds and watch them with binoculars
- Help make a birds nest
- Read books about nature
- Make crafts using recycled materials
- Clean up the park together by picking up litter
- Reuse junk mail by letting your child colour on it or make art
- Make your own playdough
- Collect and sort nature items
For All Ages:
- Reuse bath water. Give your toddler or preschooler a watering can and they'll love watering the plants
- Go on a bike ride or pack up a stroller with essentials and walk places together instead of driving. Why not stop and have a picnic while your at it?
- Try to make less of an environmental impact by buying used toys and clothes or repurposing the ones you have
- Do a toy or clothes swap with friends or donate items to a charity
- Buy natural toys and products instead of plastic
- Try and have waste free lunches for school by investing in a lunch set with reusable containers
- Ditch the bottled water and juice boxes. Opt for a stainless steel water bottle instead
- If possible wear the same clothes all day and only wash them when necessary
- Try to use cloth diapers instead of disposible ones or use biodegradable disposible ones whenever possible
- Go on nature hunts, hiking, apple picking or sledding and teach them to care for nature by nurturing their love of the natural world
- Adopt an endangered animal through a charity
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
Do you have any other ideas? How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?