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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Kids

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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:

  • you’ve never heard about going green or how to go green
  • you’ve always wanted to be green, but haven’t started yet
  • you need a reminder to keep up the green living
  • you always make green choices but your little one has never stopped to question why
  • you are so happy you live green and want to pat yourself on the back

 

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.

 

 

Celebrate-Earth-Day-book-lists

Here are some suggestions:
Compost Stew – An A-Z recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

 

 

 


MAKE A GOAL:
Think about what you can change.  Make a commitment to start something new. Even simple habits like shorter showers and turning off the lights or a running faucet can help towards responsible use of our natural resources. Remember to make every day Earth Day.

 

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.

© 2013, Meera Sriram. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Meera Sriram has been reviewing and recommending diverse children’s literature for about ten years now. She loves to pass on a title or an author to a friend (or a stranger, for that matter). Picture books particularly appeal to the inner child in her. She moved to the U.S. at the turn of the millennium from India. After graduate studies and a brief stint as an electrical engineer, she decided to express herself in other creative ways, primarily through writing. She has co-authored four books for children, all published in India. Her writing interests include people and cultures, nature, and life’s everyday moments. She also runs an early literacy program for toddlers and preschoolers in her neighboring communities. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and two kids. Curling up to read a good book with her children is something she looks forward to every day. She constantly fantasizes about a world with no boundaries over hot chai, to help her stay warm in foggy Northern California. More at www.meerasriram.com.

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2 Comments
  1. CommentsInCultureParent | How to Make Recycled Instruments to Celebrate the Earth   |  Monday, 22 April 2013 at 2:53 pm

    […] The first musical instruments on Earth were probably very simple but powerful creations made from natural materials.  They might have been a drum made from a hollow log, a rasp made from a carved piece of bone or wood or a few corn kernels or pebbles placed inside a gourd to create a rattle.  Early people were really inventive about making music with on-hand materials and we can do the same thing, in celebration of the Earth! […]

  2. CommentsInCultureParent | Become a Guerrilla Gardener with Your Kids   |  Monday, 22 April 2013 at 2:54 pm

    […] items that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage in all my crafts; but for Earth Day, I felt it should be the primary objective. You may not have an abundance of eggs in your home, […]









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