5 Ways to Help Your Kids be Green
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Each year on April 22, individuals, leaders, and organizations around the world join together to raise awareness on how we can make a difference and save our planet. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day that start right at home or in your local community.
Children are our future. It’s important to promote healthy habits and raise awareness when they are young to encourage them to make a difference and protect our environment for generations to come. Here are five fun and easy ways to help your kids be green— not only for this Earth Day, but every day.
1. Good habits start at home. It’s never too early to start practicing good habits at home. Conserving water and electricity plays a key role in preserving our environment. Easy home conservation habits to instill at an early age for a lifetime of good habits include:
2. Plant a seed. Planting a garden or a tree right in your own backyard is the perfect spring project for you and your little one. Planting yummy fruits and vegetables will not only make for a nutritious snack, but your plants will inhale carbon dioxide and release oxygen, creating cleaner air for everyone to breathe.
3. Read books. There are many books for all ages that teach young readers valuable lessons on how they can recycle, conserve, and help protect the environment. Popular titles include The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Curious George Plants a Tree by Margret and H.A. Rey, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
4. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Have the whole house get involved and reduce, reuse, and recycle. Teach your kids about your town’s recycling laws and make sorting recycling a fun game! Invest in a BPA-free bottle to reuse for drinking, and cut down on disposables in the house like plastic water bottles, Ziploc bags, and plastic straws.
5. Give back. Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back on Earth Day. Check your local community for events like a trash clean up at your local park. Have the entire family get involved and teach your children the importance of keeping the park clean—that way it’s more enjoyable to play in!