Earth Day is fast approaching and all month long we have seen people, businesses and organizations showing their support and efforts in different ways. Teaching our children about the responsibilities we have for our planet can be fun and educational at the same time. Here are a few fun ways to teach them about “reduce, reuse and recycle” in a kid-friendly way.
1) Growing plants in up-cycled containers. For a “how to” guide on how to make these fun and individual planters, click here>
2) Looking for a family friendly science experiment? Try this “Oil Spill Cleanup” scenario and launch a hands-on cleanup effort with your kids. Click here>
3) Do you have a builder and inventor at home? Build this wind powered car together – made from recycled materials – and see where their imagination takes them next. Click here>
4) And here is another vehicle powered by an “alternative energy source”. For this Rubber Band Racer, click here >
5) Take a closer look at Mother Earth by making one. If it’s for a party or to decorate a room, here is how you do it >
6) To appreciate nature we need to get outside. Have your kids collect things they find beautiful or interesting and then turn them into neat little treasures with these “nature prints” made from air dry clay. This and other fantastic ideas are featured in the book “The Garden Classroom” >
7) This has to be one of my favorites, because it combines crafts and science and results in a decorative masterpiece (sort of). Try it for yourself >
8) Paper-making is an ancient art and the perfect excuse to get your hands dirty. Here is how to do it > And for additional “earthiness” add flower or plant seeds to the paper and watch the creation grow. Wheat grass seeds are great, because they grow so fast, even an impatient toddler can stand the wait!