5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

by , 04/22/11

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We like to live by the “Earth Day is Everyday” creed, but once a year we still think it’s important to celebrate Earth Day with a fun family activity to show our kids the importance of caring for the planet. So take a few minutes or a few hours today to share an Earth Day moment with your kids whether you create a special craft by reusing something old or if you turn off the TV and get outside to breathe and bask in our planet’s natural greatness. Read on to find five ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids.

1. Craft with Recycling Bin Finds

Did you know that some of the coolest crafts can be made with garbage, err goodies, found in your recycling bin? It’s true! Our resident crafter extraordinaire Jennie Lyon whips up DIY projects with often tossed items like orange juice cartons, milk jugs, glass jars, soda bottles and more. So this Earth Day take your kid out to the recycling bin to see what you have on hand. As you hunt for repurposeful items, be sure to explain why making something new with something old helps preserve our Earth’s resources. Let your kid go to town with whatever supplies you find, crafting a creation he dreams up. Or, check out our plethora of craft how-to’s to find one that matches your recycling bin finds. We love the 5 recycled milk jug projects, easy OJ carton wallet, recycled box puppet theater, and recycled glass terrarium.

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2. Go for a Hike

What better way to celebrate Earth Day then to get closer to nature. Turn off the TV, shut down the computer and head outside for an afternoon of hiking with your family. You’ll want to tailor your hike to the ages of your children. Will you be carrying the extra weight of an infant or toddler? Will your preschooler be able to handle the terrain? Bring along some healthy snacks so you can enjoy a mid-hike picnic for renewed energy. As you hike, be sure to point out interesting rocks, birds, insects, plants and animals. By making the hike more of an interactive experience beyond a walk, your kids will start to gain a greater appreciation for all that nature has to offer inspiring a lifelong urge to care for our environment. You can also take time on the hike to talk about how you should leave nature as you find it, leaving rocks and flowers behind, but cleaning up any garbage along the way.

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3. Send a Note to Celebrate and Spread the Word

Encourage your child to take a moment this Earth Day to think about why they should take care of the planet, and why they should care about being green. Gift your tot with some brightly colored personalized stationery such as Minted’s kids’ stationery. Then, ask her to write a letter to a friend or relative explaining why she’s grateful for the Earth. She may even want to write about what fun outdoor or eco activity she did on Earth Day. Also, if you have some old letters around your house, you can show your child how to reuse the paper. You may be able to cut out pieces of the stationery pattern. Or if it’s personalized stationery the child may find her name or a friend’s name to cut out. Minted’s patterned stationery backers can easily be transformed into bookmarks, colorful photo mats or even festive paper garlands. Of course, whatever doesn’t get used can go in the recycle bin.

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4. Teach Your Tot to Ride a Bike

Learning how to ride a bike is a major milestone in every kid’s life. We think it’s an appropriate celebratory Earth Day activity since being able to ride a bike opens your kid up to a lifetime of choosing carbon free transportation — pedaling from here-to-there instead of getting in a car. Gone are the days of plastic training wheels on big kid bikes, now you can start teaching your kid to ride a bike when they’re just one year old thanks to pedal-free balance bikes like the eco-friendly and convertible Wishbone Pre-Bike. The clever design grows with your child from age 1 to age age 6. Your kid can learn to balance and ride by sitting on the seat and scooting along touching his feet to the ground when needed, and balancing as he glides.

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5. Create a Garden Together

On Earth Day you can inspire a little gardener by starting a garden in your own backyard to plant vegetables in year after year. Follow our tutorial for building a raised garden bed to find out how you can customize your garden to accommodate every member of your family. Having a garden not only shows your kids how much fun it can be to get your hands dirty, but also it demonstrates the life cycle of plants from seed to sprout to vegetable. You can use the garden to teach them about growing their own food and why eating from your own backyard is more eco-friendly than buying produce at the grocery store. You may even find your child starts to enjoy fresh produce more when she grows it herself.

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