Happy Earth Day! Last year I wrote a post that I simple do not feel I can top. So please read 25 Ways I Am Going More Green if you are so inclined.
Today I am pleased to present a special guest post about 7 Child and Eco Friendly Activities that go beyond a one day celebration of our beautiful planet. But before I share this great post with you, I would like to provide you with some wonderful ideas for books you and your children can share to help them learn more about the importance of respecting our planet.
A Few of My Favorite Environmental Books For Kids
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- 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World: Fun and Easy Eco-Tips by Melanie Walsh
- Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel and illustrated by Alexandra Colombo
- The BogeyBugz by Martin Lever
- Planet Earth Gets Well by Madeline Kaplan
- Rising Above Global Warming by B. J. DeFrancesco and illustrated by Shari Lynn Myers
- The Dirt on Dirt by Paulette Bourgeois with Kathy Vanderlinden and illustrated by Martha Newbigging
- Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola
- It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer
- Eco Babies Wear Green by Michelle Sinclair Colman and illustrated by Nathalie Dion
- Everything Kids' Environment Book by Sheri Amsel
- Brainiac's Go Green Activity Book by Mara Conlon
- Gas Trees and Car Turds: Kids' Guide to the Roots of Climate Change by Kirk Johnson and illustrated by Mary Ann Bonnell
And now, my featured guest post…
7 Child & Eco Friendly Activities
Our generation is in danger, due to the many environmental problems we face today. Getting our children involved in Eco-friendly activities around the house can help ensure our environment is safe for another generation. Eco-friendly activities can also be quite fun, and provide your children with something to do!
1. Start a Compost Garden!
Trash accumulates very easily and can often account for one of the main ways our oceans and forests become polluted. Taking some of your biodegradable trash and starting a garden with it provides the environment with effective fertilizer, promoting future growth for plants! This can also teach your children how to care for plants, which can lead to bigger lessons about responsibility.
Our world comes with limited resources, and it is very important that we conserve them. Teaching your children to recycle their empty plastic bottles and used or unwanted paper can benefit the environment in a number of ways. Recycling your plastic bottles means they can be re-used, and they won't pile up on beaches and landfills. Plastics cause a huge problem on beaches, as turtles often mistake plastic bags as jellyfish, and end up sick.
3. Teach your Kids
One of the best ways to get your children involved in Eco-friendly activities is by teaching them about it and spending time with them. It is a lot easier to learn about things such as this with a guide, and what better person to do it than their parent? This will also encourage children to share the green activity, and soon, many children will be sharing good environmental habits.
4. Turn off Lights
One of the best ways to conserve energy is to shut off lights that are not in use, one of the biggest energy-wasters in houses. Teaching your children this good habit when they are young will encourage them to continue it for a lifetime, saving both of you money.
Energy-efficient light bulbs cost less over time, and they can help save large amounts of energy. It can also help save money on bills too! One of the main reasons electricity consumption is on the rise is due to the fact that homeowners have not switched to energy-efficient light bulbs. Teaching children to replace light bulbs can be a helpful way to get them involved in Eco-friendly activities AND learn how to handle a basic household chore!
6. Clean up Trash
Often, people are careless and will not bother to put their trash in the appropriate bins. This can cause much harm to the environment, because trash can be swept away by wind or the waves and be carried out into the environment, where it can cause a large amount of damage to wildlife and forests. Teaching your children to pick up trash when they see it can be an effective way to assist the environment, and get them involved in Eco-friendly activities.
7. Turn Off Faucets
Faucets and kitchen sinks are often left on longer than they need to be, and as a result, this wastes a large amount of water. Water is Earth's most precious resource, and it helps sustain life as we know it. Helping to conserve water can ensure that there is enough water for both humans and wildlife to survive. It will also ensure that our planet is safe and cared for when further generations come!
Thank you to Mathilda Finnegan for this guest post. Mathilda likes to write about green living.