Earth Day is right around the corner, this Saturday, April 22. If you're a parent, your child has likely already come home from school full of science projects and stories about the environment and world around them. Luckily, the learning doesn't have to stop at school.
Unlike other holidays which have a specific focus on how you spend time together as a family, Earth Day is one of the most fun days you can get creative and do what really interests the kids. For example, if the kids feel too restless to sit at a fancy dinner, you can easily take the science experiments outside into the yard. If they're craving some quiet time, the local museum is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon.
We already know that NASA is allowing people to adopt part of the planet in honor of Earth Day, but the fun and learning don't have to stop there. In fact, there are plenty of awesome ways you can spend time with your family and take care of the planet. Check out the following seven suggestions for Earth Day activities, and remember: The sky is the limit! Even just spending time in nature can be enough to get kids away from their screens and remind them how important the world around them is.
These delicious treats are easy to make and super customizable depending on your family's dietary needs, whether you're gluten-free, vegan, or have specific allergies. A simple variation on this recipe is to get together and make Earth Day cupcakes, as well!
Composting at home is super easy to do on a regular basis, but if you haven't started yet, a great way to make sure your kids keep up with the change is getting them involved from the start. And as shown in the video above, courtesy of FullTimeKid, we see how simple it is to get started.
Making your own paper is surprisingly easy, but it's one of those activities that is really exciting if you have small children in your life. The process is super simple, as are the materials you'll need: Waste paper (avoid glossies, like magazines), water, an old picture frame, a mesh or screen, felt, cloth, or sponge, a blender or food processor, and whatever decorations you'd like, such as confetti, seeds, or dried flowers. You'll also need a bin or pan to hold the water. The steps are also simple, which you can view above, courtesy of Storm the Castle.
Depending on where you live, you likely have access to a botanical garden. These little gems are part-museum, part-park, and part-public garden where you can often find a huge variety of trees, flowers, and plants. Specific rules vary on location, but you can often bring in a picnic, take pictures, and spend the day exploring.
While sorting and donating used clothing won't be the most exciting option for children, it's definitely something you can do with your teenagers. The fashion world is slowly becoming more eco-friendly, but as of right now, clothes contribute to landfills in ways they simply don't have to. By sorting and donating your gently used clothes, you not only free up room in your closet, but you also help those in need in your community. You can also find plenty of Earth Day clothing swaps in your area, where you trade your used clothes with other participants.
Especially if you're already in the kitchen to make some Earth-themed desserts, you might as well spend the evening cooking a meal together. Going to your local farmer's market or co-op is a great way to get your kids familiar with their immediate community, and to expose them to fruits and vegetables they might not consider trying otherwise.
We all know that sleep is important, but an update to the recommendations for children's sleep stresses sleep health as an imperative, even at a young age. Sleep impacts physical, emotional, and mental health, even in kids and teenagers.
Biking is a fun, eco-friendly way to get kids and teenagers outdoors, especially in the summer. But it's important to refresh the whole family on safety, bike etiquette, and the rules of the bike lane before hitting the pavement.
One way to help children handle stress is to incorporate a yoga practice into their daily routine. Yoga expert and teacher Alice Louise Blunden breaks down the best poses for children to reduce anxiety and promote mindfulness.
Holidays are busy with presents, and Father's Day is no exception. Luckily, it's surprisingly simple to find gifts that are not only good for the environment, but are sure to please the special dad in your life.