Thursday, April 18th, 2013
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Kids
By Meera Sriram
Meera's newest garden- 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day/ (c) InCultureParent
April 22 every year is observed as Earth Day in many countries to inspire awareness and activism towards protecting our fast depleting planet. On a more personal level, you might choose to celebrate because:
And how do I celebrate?
Here are five fun ways to fuss over our planet today. Our Earth is worth it!
CREATE A RECYCLED ART: Re-use or repurpose stuff you already have (or you are about to throw away) to make art work. Old shoe and cereal boxes, brown paper bags, cardboard boxes, empty glass bottles, plastic and tin cans, are all great things you can find around the house to help you create masterpieces.
GET OUTDOORS AND GARDEN: Plant a pot or sow a seed in your backyard. Make it a family tradition. Or adopt a plant for your desk or workspace. Many organizations give away free saplings. If not at home, plant a tree in a field or a park in your neighborhood.
READ A BOOK: Books make talking to kids easy, talk to them about the environment and caring for it. There are many books that can inspire kids and make them aware of ecological issues.
Here are some suggestions:
TAKE IT OUTSIDE: Try to build a sense of community for a common goal towards a cleaner, healthier environment in your immediate neighborhood. A community garden is a great idea to start or to volunteer for, even as a family. Go to a rally or a festival that honors a cause you are passionate about. Clean a street, a nearby park or a dirty pond. Or just take your kids on a nature hike.
In our home, we recycle and compost. We grow a few things in our yard. We carry reusable bags and our own water. My daughter walks to school and my husband rides the train to work. And we are inching towards a plastic-free kitchen. But we still have a long way to go. Like many of us, we are learning, trying and evolving to share and care better for our habitat, so our children and their children, and theirs, can have a better home to live and grow. And our species can continue to thrive in the only planet that breathes life.
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