12 Easy Ways to Celebrate the Earth
Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to remind kids how to appreciate and take care of our planet. Raising earth-conscious kids has never been more important than it is today. Fostering a love for our planet helps all of us live longer and healthier lives. And it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start small by trying one activity a month or go big and try all these fun activities with your kids today.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a tree, a flower or a seed. When we grow new things, it helps the Earth. Trees help replenish oxygen and keep the planet cool, flowers can help endangered species like bees, and growing your food helps reduce the amount of food transport needed.
Find a Local Farmers Market
Supporting Georgia growers is a great way to keep the Earth healthy. Many farmers markets are opening this month. For a list of family-favorite markets, check here.
Visit a National Park
Did you know the U.S. has 62 national parks, including 11 in Georgia with three in the metro area? Helping your kids fall in love with these treasures will grow their appreciation for the planet.
Teach kids to look for recycling symbols on packages to recycle as much as possible. At the end of a week, see how much you recycle compared to how much you throw away. Try to get your recycling output to beat your trash output.
Make an Upcycled Craft
Use some of those recycled items to create something. You can have a theme or let everyone create whatever they want. This is a great rainy-day craft!
Give It Away
Instead of tossing things you no longer want or need in the trash, have a household collection day. Once you gather some items, make a family trip to the local donation center or give things to another family that could use them.
Watch the video of young poet Amanda Gorman reciting her poem, “Earthrise.” Kids and adults will be inspired to treat our planet well. Then, take a few minutes to write your own poems and share them with one another.
Make a Bird Feeder
Gather pinecones or large sticks to use for the feeder. Cover them with a layer of peanut butter and roll in birdseed. Hang outdoors for birds to enjoy.
In honor of the 52nd Earth Day, commit to taking 52 hikes, walks or bike rides this year. We can all do something active once a week for a year.
Just One Thing
Swap out one plastic item for a more sustainable option from your household per month. Try reusable water bottles, travel mugs, straws, shopping bags or even glass alternatives to bulky plastic containers.
Leave No Trace
Do a little research about Leave No Trace and then have a fun family challenge. On your next outing see if you can cover your tracks and leave no trace that you were even there.
The best way to help kids take care of the Earth is to fall in love with it. Spending time outside, enjoying the beautiful creatures and landscapes is great for fresh air and exercise as well as learning to love this great big, beautiful planet we call home.