Two Easy Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day with Your Kids

By Jane Johnson, April 2, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jane Johnson

Spring has arrived, and it’s time to get your kids back out there communing with nature! With each generation, our children are becoming better stewards of this planet. Whole Kids Foundation has tons of kids’ activities that are both fun and Earth-friendly. Here’s a couple to get you started.

container gardenGoodness Grows

Whether your kids grow flowers to support our pollinators or veggies to feed their bellies, gardening provides a daily opportunity for your family to talk about why caring for Earth is important to us all.

Size doesn’t matter! Whether you live in a studio apartment or on a hundred-acre ranch, your family can have a garden. There’s no space too small for gardening with options like raised and rooftop beds – even lettuce gardens in rain gutters. Check it out for yourself!

Worried what you want to grow isn’t right for your climate? Sprout Robot can help! Just type in your zip code to learn what to start growing, and when.

Bag It! DIY Reusable Bags

Whole Foods Market® banned plastic bags company-wide in 2008! Celebrate better alternatives by making your own reusable bag out of an old t-shirt. This activity provides an opportunity to talk to your child about why it’s important to reuse resources from every part of our lives.        

T-shirt reuseStep 1: Ask your children to pick out a t-shirt that they no longer wear. The t-shirt should be larger and made of sturdy material (not full of holes).

Step 2: To cut the handles, lay the t-shirt out flat and help your child cut off the sleeves. Then, measure 3 inches in along the top shoulder seam (toward the neck) on each side and make a mark. Help your child cut from one mark to the other, making a large “U” shape under the neck. Test your handles and trim the opening larger if you need to.    

Step 3: Secure the bottom of your bag by sewing, super-gluing or knotting the bottom of the t-shirt closed. Another option: have kids ages 7-10 cut 4-inch long strips up the bottom of the t-shirt, then tie the strips together (front to back) with double knots.

Step 4: Shop to it! These bags are good at the grocery store and wherever else you shop. Make a few and help your kids remember to bring their eco bags on shopping trips.

Looking for more hands-on recycled crafts? Check out our Pinterest board.

How do you make Earth Day every day with your family? Share your ideas in the comments below.

 

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Debbie at Odyssey Outdoors says ...
Love the shirt/bag idea! We try to make every day earth day in our house too, although it's not easy. Just wrote a post on this very topic! http://odysseyoutdoors.net/2013/04/how-to-raise-kids-who-care-about-the-environment/
04/03/2013 11:01:55 AM CDT
Karen says ...
Saw these bags at the store made by the employees. They really caught my eye. Will definitely make these. Thanks for the great idea. Christmas gifts 2013!
04/03/2013 7:55:54 PM CDT
Jen Carres says ...
Grow a Pet TickleMe Plant from seeds and watch how the leaves fold and the branches droop when you Tickle It! Google Pet TickleMe Plant
04/07/2013 1:39:13 PM CDT
Dar Fosse says ...
Please share our initiative in Minnesota to promote, " A Garden 4 Every School." Vist this website for information: http://www.jeffersfoundation.org/school-gardens.php Please share with your members. Fifteen more school were given Garden grants for 2014-2015.
04/18/2014 8:01:02 AM CDT