|Go Green Earth Day Activities|
|Eco News - Eco Arts Crafts & Activities|
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|Wednesday, 09 April 2008 08:15|
Here are some eco-friendly ways you can encourage your EcoKids to go green and celebrate Earth Day April 22. Focusing on becoming a "Green" family working to instil eco-friendly activities into everyday activities.Plus EcoKids websites to explore.
As a unique Earth Day pledge consider a resolution aimed at family unity and collaboration.
Talk to children about birds, plants, gas-guzzling vehicles and energy use. Just asking children to switch off the lights and reuse plastic bags is not enough -- they must understand why we’re doing these things and what impact they have.
Motivate all your friends to take action now. Organize a neighbourhood beautification program for your community, and you and your friends can take the first shift to set the example.You can also start an email campaign to local, state or federal officials to work toward change in areas like clean-air initiatives and wildlife protection.
S.O.S. Save Our Seas
Earth Day Birthday Celebration - Make a Service Project the Main Party Attraction.
Plant native trees. Give each child a seedling or a packet of seeds and a small shovel. Let the children plant the trees in a park or other public area (with permission, of course). Consider asking a park ranger to take the children on a nature walk.
Make cards for critically-ill children. Set up a table with bright colored recycled paper, crayons, and found items from around the home and nature. Turn on the party music and let the children make personalized cards for hospitalized children.
Assemble supply kits for the needy. Purchase or collect supplies for people and animals in need. Help Eco Kids assemble kits... e.g baby supply kits / food hampers / animal shelter kits.
Create teddy bears for children in need. Older Eco Kids can learn how to knit or crochet teddy bears, (the project may need to be completed at home). Younger children can stuff pre-sewn teddy bears. Donate the completed bears to hospitals, or charity organizations.
Earth Day ... Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Re-Purpose
Connect with nature in a whole new way by making all-natural and recycled crafts!
Make posters or fun books by reusing items from around the home - cut out pictures in magazines etc or draw pictures that show the following. (You can probably think of many more to add). Turn off the water when brushing teeth, collect bath water, sink water and even rainwater and use the water to irrigate lawns and water flowers. Walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water. Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer. Explain to children that lights, computers, televisions and furnaces use energy, and that energy is in short supply. Encourage even small children to always flip off the light when leaving a room.
There are dozens of small things your Eco Kids can do every day to recycle, reduce reuse and re-purpose, by making a special picture book they can keep and see - taking small steps to keep the world cleaner and greener.
Earth Day Birthday Food
Buy local (organic) when it comes to celebration eats. Supporting local farmers cuts down on the energy needed to ship food as well as the waste that comes from packaging.
Finger foods are always great for parties and reduce the need for plates or dishes. Serve fruits and veggies that are fresh from the organic farmers' market or from your organic veggie patch and fruit trees!
Planet-friendly party food can and should be a delight to look at and to eat, as well as being nutritious, the main thing to keep in mind when preparing parties for eco kids is to keep the food ... organic, simple and easy to eat. Decorate a round cake to look like the earth. Party food ideas
Bring out the real china and linen tablecloths for Earth Day Teddy Bear picnics or for Fairy Tea Parties.
More Earth Day Activities
In terms of family activities, plant an eco friendly garden with your children, to celebrate Earth Day.Visit a local re-sale store and purchase a push mower which will provide children with a lesson in conserving gasoline, reducing pollution and provide for some physical exercise while creating a beautiful lawn.
Take your recycling materials to a local school or library with a recycling bin. Schools and libraries are paid for the material they recycle. The money they earn goes to providing better services at these facilities (more books, renovations, student trips, etc.). If you don’t have curbside recycling.
At a nursery, purchase a tree native to your area that will provide habitat for a range of animals. Ask for planting instructions. Plant the tree in your yard or arrange with the park district to plant the tree in a local park.
How Their Garden Grows
Provide seeds, pots and soil, and have children plant their own flowers, herbs or veggies. For treats, make fruit flowers and healthy “dirt pots” (deep bowls or pots filled with layers of yoghurt, fruit and organic cookie crumbs).
Make a Grocery Bag
Replace all bags with re-usable - library, school lunch etc. (Just imagine if every child at school replaced their families bags with re-usable alternatives).
Help make fun bags. Plastic shopping bas are a big garbage problem -- it takes 1,000 years for a bag to break down!
Make a Talking Earth Puppet
From: Heavy paper plate, or 3 thin ones glued together (or use found items from around the home)
Paint the bottom of the plate blue and let it dry.
Litter is Garbage (To the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
Litter is garbage that wasn't put away,
I put my garbage in the garbage can,
Reduce, recycle and reuse,
Take a Hike
Go for a hike in the woods at a forest preserve or park. Find out in advance about trails and choose one appropriate for children. Provide children with a park service list of flora and fauna to look for and have them check off species as they go. Explain that good hikers walk quietly, never disturb wildlife, and leave nothing behind.
Out in the Field
Take a tour of an organic farm, a dairy farm or an orchard.
Make a Compost
If you don't already have a compost and worm farm, Earth Day is the perfect time to start them.
It’s easy to collect your own organic food scraps and garden waste and turn it into healthy compost in your own yard. Children can help buy a composter (they’re sold at home reno stores and sometimes through municipalities), and fill it with kitchen scraps and garden waste on a daily basis and even help stir it to get things breaking down.Better still re-purpose/ build a compost with recycle products. And, in a few months when you’ve got compost, they can take part in spreading it over the garden and seeing how “garbage” can become rich dark dirt to make a garden grow.
Together create a forest ecosystem skit. Each child can play a different member of the forest (tree, bird,fern,and so on). Have children act out what happens when a tree is cut down, when there is a fire or drought, and when new trees are planted.
Trail Upkeep / Ivy Pull
Organize a trail upkeep with your local park service or park district. Alternatively, host an ivy pull. Provide children with tools and together work on a section of forest. Make sure Eco Kids understand what effects their work will have. When they're done have a picnic in one of the park's picnic areas.
Create a rainforest scene, have everyone dress up as their favorite African animal (you can even make masks at the party) and watch Tarzan. Adopt an animal from the National Zoo (about $50) and look through the adoption photos and materials with the children.
Support the Community
Call your local fire or police station and ask for a tour. Perhaps, the families could donate money or may be they have a wish-list for supplies for the station. Visit the local animal shelters and help, deliver parcels collected from your neighborhood, check the animal centres wish-lists.
Adopt a beach, a park, or a street and help clean it up.
Take children on a picnic. Have them make their own organic sandwiches / treats and help pack the picnic basket. Take a few blankets and spread them out in your backyard or at a park. Talk about nature, go on a pollution scavenger patrol hunt. Tell or read stories about the earth and sing Earth Day songs.
Begin the pollution patrol scavenger hunt by asking Eco Kids what kind of things come to mind when they think of pollution.
You could have the children work in teams, with each team focusing on just one form of pollution. Different teams could search for pollution they can see, hear, or smell. Or they could look for pollution on land, in water, or in the air. Each time someone comes across some pollution, discuss where it came from and what effects it might have on wildlife and the environment. Explain to Eco Kids that every bottle and can they use is waste that just sits in a big pile at the local dump if we don’t recycle. Get them involved by making it their job to sort recyclables and take them out for pickup. (Remind them to watch out for broken glass and ask for help if this happens).
Turn Trash To Treasure
Reusing recyclable materials has never been as much fun as now, because its true - one person's trash is another person's treasure! Collect a variety of items such as egg cartons, plastic containers, styrofoam packing pieces, six-pack rings, etc. Now get some of your standard eco / recycled craft materials, like glue, scissors, yarn, paint, wool, found items from nature. See how many "treasures" you can create out of "trash!" Use your imagination and have fun!
Spring clean your home, donate your unwanted, but still good items, to a resale shop, a church, the Salvation Army or other charity. Your home, your conscious and the earth will be cleaner for it. Work as a family team, don't forget to work to music.
Have a garage / yard sale. You will be surprised at what people will buy at garage sales. You’ll earn a few dollars; clean out your home and help your old items find new homes. Donate the money to your favorite green cause.
Write a letter
Many years ago a young girl saw an article on pollution and wrote a letter to the president to do something about it. She suggested he “get on TV and put up big signs” to make people aware of the problem. She also founded Kids FACE an environmental organization for young people. Your children can write letters to government leaders and corporations about pollution and other environmental issues, and you can give them a hand in looking up addresses and help them decide what they’re going to write. Talk about how you live in a democracy and every voice counts, no matter how small.
Email to your favorite green companies thanking them for doing their part for the environment.
Be creative and come up with an innovative way to live green.
Web Sites to visit:
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
Learn how to tag and track Bengal tigers in Asia or print out a Cap Buffalo cutout on this companion Web site to the popular "Adventures of Riley" books that follow 9-year-old Riley, Uncle Max, Aunt Martha and Cousin Alice as they travel around the world learning about animal conservation. For a one-time fee of $3, children can join "Riley's World" and receive a membership kit complete with "passport," stickers and a quarterly newsletter.
Aimed at young children, nine small creatures are the "guardians and spirit of the tree." There's "Twigs," a grandfatherly character with an acorn-topped branch for a walking stick who instructs how to plant a tree, and "Mama Greenleaf," in a purple gingham dress who knows everything there is to know about leaves. Through the America the Beautiful Fund, the site offers free vegetable and flower seeds for community planting projects, though shipping and handling costs must be paid.
This portal for kids and teachers alike features an "energy action" kids corner with games, photos and downloads in four languages. The game "Climate Challenge" allows older kids to imagine themselves president of the European Nations as they attempt to persuade competing regional blocs to reduce carbon emissions. Elsewhere there is video, including Blue Man Group's head-bopping "Earth to America" skit warning of the dangers of global warming.
From profiles on "Xtreme Veg Athletes" like BMX rider Taj Mihelich to tips on becoming a vegetarian, the animal rights group targets kids of all ages. For $1, you can buy 60 anti-dissection "Respect All Life" stickers or play "Lobster Liberation" for free.
Follow the animated Adventures of Greena, a funky young girl eco-warrior with a cut-off peace sign T-shirt and bright orange hair as she whispers whales, takes on evil-doing loggers and frees farmed chickens in short video adventures.
A new offering from the folks at Scholastic, this site has free reminder printables for kids to paste up on faucets, bicycles and their parents' bathroom mirror. It also offers 100 days to "act green," including a craft project to turn old holiday and gift cards into usable gift tags. There are "green alerts" with fun facts such as the town of Midland, Texas, stretching Arbor Day into Arbor Month this April with community tree plantings and cleanup projects.
Sustainability resource for kids providing fun and entertaining ways to learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink in the areas of waste, water, ...
Find out what happens to garbage and why recycling is important. Includes a game and other activities.
US Environmental Protection Agency's site for kids. Lots of fun and interesting things to read and do to learn about the environment.
Kids Recycle! is a project of the GrassRoots Recycling Network.
This interactive Web site is designed to teach children about the importance of recycling and solid waste management (or how we take care of our garbage!).
Welcome to The Earth Day Groceries Project, one of the oldest and largest educational activities on the Internet. Earth Day is on April 22....every year.
Welcome to the Illinois EPA's Envirofun web site. Captain Earthworm, Captain Redbird and Captain Bluegill will show you how you can protect earth's air, land and water.
There are more fun games, recycling facts and educational activities inside.It is FREE to join ROSCOE's Recycle Room.
Puffy the Puffer's Fun Facts Activity Book - Coral Reefs - The Whale Kohola - Marine Debris - Fascinating facts about fish.
RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK: KIDS' CORNER
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