It's important to instill an appreciation and respect for the environment in our children, and Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. Our teachers have a lot of fun activities planned for today, but it is important that parents encourage their kids to respect the Earth as well. Here are some fun ways that you can celebrate Earth Day with your children:
Decorate a Reusable Tote Bag
Have fun using paint or fabric markers to decorate a reusable tote bag. Use these bags for groceries, lunches, beach bags, etc. and explain to your child the importance or reusing materials.
Pick Up Trash in Your Neighborhood
Kids are constantly picking things up even when we don't want them to, so why not encourage them to clean up the Earth? Wear a pair of disposable gloves and head to your favorite local park, playground, or beach with your child cleaning and picking up trash. Be sure to clean up broken glass or other hazardous items yourself. While you clean, explain to children that trash can harm animals who try to eat it and that it can take a very long time for trash items to decompose.
Plant a Fruit or Vegetable Garden
Planting a garden is a fun way for preschoolers to learn to nurture the environment. With your child, choose seeds of your favorite fruits and vegetables (chose varieties that will grow well in your area) and care for them through the year. Children will learn and get good exercise too!
Collect and Sort Recyclables
If you don't already collect recyclables at your home, Earth Day is the perfect day to start! Ask you child if they know which items can be recycled and remind them if they forget what they learned at school! Make a game out of seeing how many bottles and cans you can recycle, and if you take the items to a recycling center, let your child turn the money you get back into a reward for her efforts.