Many families do things to help the Planet Earth on a daily basis. Recycling is now often offered by waste management services and has become a normal part of our children’s lives. Our generation has grown up knowing the importance of taking care of the environment more than previous generations. This Earth Day, take it one step further and intentionally celebrate the earth with your kids. Here are some ideas:
Visit a recycling center
Check local listings for a recycling center near you. Many have visiting hours where kids can learn what happens to all those cans, bottles, and papers after they go in the recycle bin. This helps kids understand why we recycle and what recycled goods are used for.
Visit a water treatment plant
Another fun family field trip is a visit to the local water treatment plant. Workers there teach how our water is treated and why. They also gain a better understanding of the importance of taking care of our water resources and how to protect them.
Create a compost
A great way to recycle your food waste is to create a compost. This can be on a small or large scale and is an affordable project your family can do together. A simple compost bin can be made out of a plastic tub (be sure to drill a several holes on the top and bottom for draining). Fill the container with leaves, grass, weeds, fruit or vegetable scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds. Turn the bin, shake it, or stir the contents often to begin the compost process. Use the contents to fertilize your planters or your garden. Kids will learn how food decomposes and about the benefits of gardening as well.
Plant a tree
A common way to celebrate Earth Day is to plant a tree. You could do this in your own backyard or donate one to a local park or common area and plant it there. Also consider planting a garden, flowers, or working in the yard. Try volunteering to help someone who isn’t physically able to clean up their own backyard by raking leaves or taking care of outdoor chores.