Earth Day with Littles

Earth Day. The day the whole world supports environmental protection and we all vow to never again brush our teeth with the water running and think about maybe starting that compost pile. It can be hard to go green – half the time we don’t know how we are contributing to the ecological footprint and for the other half we don’t know how to change it.

We put together a few tips to enjoy with your children, to hopefully make it a little easier and maybe even a little fun!

  1. Walk or bike to school
    Just leaving the car at home for one day can have a big impact on both the planet and your health. Kids tend to open up more on a walk, so the conversation flows easier than it does in the car with the radio on. Here are some tips for talking with your toddler.
  1. Plant a small vegetable garden
    Little girl in clover fieldWatching something grow that you planted yourself, is one of life’s simplest pleasures. The sense of accomplishment and pride also means little ones might even eat what they planted.
  1. Get rid of the plastic sandwich bags
    Wean Green makes these awesome glass containers in all sorts of sizes and colors. We switched our sandwich bags out a long ago and now our little ones take a sort of bento box with them to school, filled with small tastes of different foods. Check out Weelicious when in need of ideas for kid-friendly lunches.
  1. Reusable Bags
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    Our very own Wet & Dry Bags are one of the easiest ways to go green. Available in petit and grand sizes, they can be used for all manner of things such as a toy bag on-the-go (coloring book and crayons, read-along books, or filled with those tiny Shopkins that are so easy to lose), packing for travel (great for underwear, shoes or swimsuits) and even as a liner for this cute Cult Gaia bag.
  1. Recycle!
    You know that old comment about how kids get more fun out of cardboard box, than the toy that was inside it? Well, it’s true! With more and more people shopping online, those boxes are a-plenty and kids just love them! This is a great article with ideas on what to do with those boxes. Imaginations will go wild and the iPad will be forgotten…at least for a couple of hours.

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