Use Earth Day Activities to Teach your Kids about "Going Green"

Earth Day Activities aren't just for one day each year. Now more than ever, we realize the importance of being kind to our planet. We can teach our kids at an early age how to "go green."

Preschool activities for Earth Day not only teach about the environment, but also teach the "3 R's" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and

preschool science skills, and are TONS OF FUN!

Looking for Earth Day activities or for ideas to talk about "Going Green" with your kids? Here are some fun preschool activities that kids of all ages will enjoy:

Be a Good Example
We all know that preschoolers and toddlers love to imitate us. Be sure that you are setting a good example by being kind to the environment. Some ideas to start:

  • Use reusable grocery bags for grocery shopping, trips to the mall, and trips to super stores. I'm still working on the best way to remember to bring them... put your purse inside of one so that you can't forget it or buy one that is small enough to fit inside of your purse.
  • Switch from paper to cloth napkins. Kids will feel very "grown up" and cloth napkins are small enough to include in your normal load of laundry.
  • Ditch the bottled water and juice boxes. Buy a reusable water bottle for yourself and a thermos for your child.
Teach kids to recycle
Your child will love to help and will learn important sorting skills at the same time.
  • Provide bins with pictures for papers, plastics, and glass and allow your child to throw recyclables into the appropriate bin.
  • Provide a specific paper recyling bag next to your child's craft area for scraps and old art and school work.
  • Include your preschooler on trips to recycle ink catridges (local office stores), batteries, and plastic bags.
Enjoy the Outdoors
What better Earth Day activity than to appreciate our Earth? Get outside and learn!
  • Go for a walk. Take time to appreciate the flowers, trees, and your surroundings
  • Clean up a park. Help your child learn not to litter by picking up litter at a local park or playground.
  • Open your windows. Save some energy by turning off your air conditioning and enjoying some fresh air.
  • Plant a kids garden. Teach your kids what it takes to grow the food that they eat.

Environmentally Friendly Crafting with Kids
Kids crafts can use lots of supplies. These fun Earth Day activities help your kids learn about the environment by reusing objects for crafts.

Ditch your Car
Although this might not be practical all the time (especially with small children), try it once in a while. Get some fresh air and bike or walk to do errands.
  • Choose stores, markets, and activities close to home.
  • Bike trailers are a great way to include your children on short bike trips... research to find a safe bike trailer and always wear helmets!
  • Find new places right in your own neighborhood.
Re-think your Child's Toys
If you're like me, your house probably overflows with toys that sing, flash, and irritate you every way to Tuesday. While these toys are great for keeping preschoolers and toddlers entertained, there are so many better choices for teaching kids and helping them learn to entertain themselves. A little work in the short-term pays off in the long-term.
  • Select open-ended toys that make your child think and interact. Blocks, dress-up clothes, play kitchen, instruments, toy cars, dolls and action figures are all great choices for young children to develop and learn. No batteries needed!
  • Always recycle batteries appropriately. It would be impossible to rid ourselves of all battery operated toys (if you figure out how, I'd love to hear from you!) Contact your local government or waste disposal for proper battery disposal.

Read a Book
Help your child enjoy reading and learn about the environment at the same time.
  • Dr. Suess' "The Lorax"
  • "Why Should I Recycle?" by Jen Green
  • "Grover's 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World" (This book is out of print, but used copies can be found online. It is one of my favorites for preschoolers.)
We all are swimming in toys and clothes from different stages and ages. Great Earth Day activities... clean out your house and help your preschooler learn about giving to others at the same time. Local women's shelters, charities, and friends are all wonderful places to give toys and clothes a second chance.

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