Looking for some fun Earth Day activities for your kids this year? There are all kinds of fun ways to teach your children about this amazing planet we live on and how to care for it. I personally believe that the best way to do that is to simply get them outdoors and cultivate a love for nature and an appreciation for the beauty of creation all around them! There's no better way to learn than by learning hands on so I love Earth Day projects that get us outside and get our hands dirty. Here are some fun activities we have planned for this Spring and some ideas for practical ways you can celebrate Earth Day!
This year we are going to be making this worm observation jar as show in the helpful tutorial at Frugalfun4boys.com. My son loves worms (and all living creatures really) so I thought a dirt and worms theme for Earth Day would be a lot of fun this year. Studying worms can also give you an opportunity to talk about composting, habitat, etc.
So far we've had a lot of fun collecting worms from the garden and adding them to our jar of dirt. Look how proud he is of his worm collection! The best time to look for them is after a rain. Try looking under rocks, bricks or piles of leaves.
Sure you could buy a cup of worms from Walmart but half the fun of this project is getting your kids outside, messy and exploring nature. As you're hunting for worms in the dirt, under rocks, etc. talk about all the plants, minerals and creatures you're finding. Let them get dirty, explore and ask as many questions as they wish!
When you've finished digging in the dirt take a bath and wash up squeaky clean with Live Clean soaps. Live Clean makes a great eco-friendly Gentle Moisture Tearless Baby Shampoo and Wash that leaves my little ones' skin cleansed and moisturized.
I love the whole Live Clean Baby line and use their quality, eco-friendly lotions and diapering products on both my babies daily. I appreciate that their products are affordable and made with mostly plant-based ingredients without hash chemicals or unnecessary additives. This Live Clean Baby Care gift set is perfect for giving as a baby shower gift! Check your local super markets or shop live-clean.com to find eco-friendly body care products that are safe for the entire family.
If we want to teach our children to love and care for the earth we've been given to live on we should be modeling that in our daily habits as well as our words. This Earth Day think about some simple ways you could make changes in your habits that would encourage a more eco-friendly way of living. One simple idea would be to change your purchasing habits and support companies that offer "greener" alternatives. One great example is Swap.com which is the largest online thrift and consignment store. Did you know millions of tons of textiles are dumped into landfills every year as used clothes are simply thrown out? Shopping second hand at Swap.com not only saves you money on top name brands but it also supports our planet by keeping those used items out of landfills.
With little ones taking time to browse a physical thrift store can be next to impossible. However, shopping Swap.com from the comfort of my home was super easy! I found exactly what I was looking for and they have a wide variety of my favorite brands at a fraction of the retail price. They aren't limited to just kids clothing either. They offer a wide variety of clothing for the entire family, baby items, toys, books and games. Everything I ordered arrived quickly and neatly packaged. I bought all these clothing items pictured as well as 3 like-new books (not pictured) for my son with the shopping credit generously given to me from Swap.com for their Earth Day campaign which gives Swap.com users a chance to shop in honor of Earth Day!
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How cute are these dirt cups with edible herbs?! I love the idea of using herbs to make it look like a sprouting plant and personally would like to use mint sprigs since I think it would be tasty with the chocolate pudding. Of course I will probably throw in some gummy worms for my little man, in keeping with the dirt and worms Earth Day theme we have going on. These easy to make treats would be perfect for an Earth Day party or classroom snack to celebrate Earth Day.
We are thrilled for the arrival and look forward to spending time outside daily this summer. There is beauty to be seen all around us. From the tiny crawling earthworm to the tall majestic oak tree it is all so perfectly designed. How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day this year? Get out and enjoy this beautiful planet!
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