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Our first batch of tomatos

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with your Kids

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Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?

— Groucho Marx

The quote by Groucho Marx maybe the sentiment of many people concerning Earth Day. However, regardless of your personal belief any person can simply look at our current world and recognize a difference.  I also happen to be one of those people who use to overspend, waste food, not care for the environment around me and litter like crazy.  I mean, what do you expect from a kid who grew up in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois where we didn’t have trees or backyards.  It wasn’t until college that I developed an understanding of the world around me.

Now that I have my own family I have become more conscious and diligent about how our family lives our life and gives back. Simple changes in your life can not only make a difference, but also help your children to appreciate the world they are growing up in.

Hopefully, what we do today will impact generations to come.. So take time out tomorrow to show the earth a little care and while you’re at it.. Have fun with the family.

Here are a few of my top things to do on Earth Day 2015

1. Plant a small garden.

Our first batch of tomatos

Our first batch of tomatoes

No matter how small or big… planting your own veggies and fruit can go a long way.  We started our tradition last year and I was so surprised that I actually have a little bit of a green thumb!  Of course we made a few mistakes, but we still produced some wonderful veggies and fruit.  We planted strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce.  The best part was watching my then 9 month old bite into every tomato we planted.  Also, if you don’t have a back yard  you can use old milk cartons or planters to make an indoor garden.

2.  Get dirty outside

I rarely see kids outside just getting dirty.  I wrote a blog post about letting your kids get dirty last year and I believe this is one of best things we can do to teach our kids about the earth. It’s also a great time to do something fun like planting a tree or a rose-bush. Whatever you decide… just let them take off their shoes and have fun!

3.  Go biking

We live in a very bike friendly city and this is nothing new to the folks in Portland Oregon. But just in case you are not in a bike friendly area or do not own a bike, tomorrow would be a great day to park the car and go for a stroll, biking or even take a hike somewhere.  While your out enjoying mother nature, don’t forget to share all the wonderful advantages of the earth with your kids.  Open up a conversation and listen to them.  You might be surprised at the ideas they have about how they want to make their world Green!

4. Make a green art project together

This is another great way to celebrate with toddlers and school age kids. There are many art projects that I found by searching google  and pinterest that I want to share with you all.  Everything from making planters, to recycling your neighbors and your own plastics.  Whatever art project you choose, try it.. very easy and fun.  While your making the art, don’t forget to share, share, share.. and get them talking about the future!

Check out these fun links for ideas

http://www.kinderart.com/recycle/

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth/crafts.htm

http://www.allcrafts.net/earthday.htm

Our first strawberry in 2014

Our first strawberry in 2014

Have fun and enjoy the day!

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