Earth Day is coming up, so I thought I would compile some fun, low waste ideas of things to do with your kiddos, nieces or nephews. Earth Day (& every day) is a great time to foster a love for nature, and teach about how we can help mother earth. Even as an adult, I want to do some of these for Earth Day!
These are great for encouraging biodiversity in your yard or garden. Plus many bugs (like lady bugs) are beneficial to your garden & plants!
You can REUSE materials you have to make this.
Here's a simple tutorial: https://www.redtedart.com/simple-bug-hotel-for-kids/
We carry tree kits here at EG that make a great (longer term) family activity. Your start your seed in a mini greenhouse that comes in the kit and once your tree is established, you move it outside. Your family can watch it every step of the way! This is a great oppurtinuty to talk about why trees are so important:
-They provide oxygen
-They preserve the soil (that we grow food in) and keep the ground stable
-Wildlife depend on them
Our flower seed kits require less attention, you can just find a good spot and scatter them around! Just make sure to water & you'll have a nice patch of wildflowers, poppies, or sunflowers.
-Flowers are food & medicine for people & animals
-They are plants that also provide oxygen
3. Build a Bird Feeder
Give your family the chance to watch & talk about native birds by building a bird feeder! I've found a few tutorials that use household items you can reuse to make a bird feeder.
Using citrus rinds: https://mamapapabubba.com/2013/04/25/citrus-cup-bird-feeders/
4. Take a Nature Walk
Bring something with you to pick up any trash you see. Just make sure to wear gloves & be safe! Talk about how we should always leave a trail better than we found it!
If you're in Washington, we have a blog post with some great hikes!
If you're feeling a little more ambitious, I found a great blog post with an ocean pollution experiment. If it's more than you want to do, I feel like it can totally be simplified too.
Check it out here.
6. Watch & Discuss The Lorax
Focus not all there for a project or not nice enough for an outdoor activity? Watch The Lorax (or read the book) together and discuss why forests are important.
I found a teacher lesson plan with good prompts to discuss!
I know what you're thinking..."You want me to try to do this with my kids??". But I actually found a great walk-through for a compost bin for a toddler school. It takes you step by step and is easy to follow.
This is a great activity that can be an ongoing positive impact & learning experience.
I hope you found something in this post to try out this year! I would love to know how it went!