Thanks to everyone who participated in our flower challenge last week. We know by the numbers that a lot of you were checking the blog. I hope that you moms got a couple ideas to help you through the week. As always, you are all invited to be vocal and share your thoughts with the group.
Ideas for Family Activities:
Organize a clean up project: a park, beach, mountainside, or neighborhood. Keep it just your family, or invite friends and neighbors to participate with you.
Make your own recycled paper.
Plant a Tree. Did you know that for $10 you can have a 6 month subscription to the Arbor Day Foundation and get TEN trees shipped to your house ready to plant? (Arbor Day Foundation)
Plant a Garden/ start a compost pile.
Make a bird feeder/bat box. Find out what you can do to help the endangered species in your area.
Designate an hour or a whole evening where you turn off all the electricity.
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Reduce—use less. Like buying things in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging that gets thrown away, buying locally grown food, using reusable grocery bags, or requesting paperless statements from your bank.
Reuse—use again, or repurpose. Like turning a tin can into a planter, trash into craft supplies, or a torn shirt into a rag.
Recycle—make into something new. Paper, plastic, glass, batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges, etc. This also includes buying those recycled products.
Conserve Electricity: turn off lights (assign your child to be the “Light Police” to help everyone remember to turn them off), unplug appliances when you leave, change your light bulbs to ones that use less energy, hang laundry to dry rather than using the dryer.
Conserve Water: turn off the faucet when you brush teeth, shorten shower length or take baths.
Conserve Gas: walk or ride bikes instead of driving, use public transport, carpool.
Earth Day Interactive Websites:
Carly’s Corner—Arbor Day Website
Recycle City- EPA
Planet Protectors- EPA
Environmental Kids Club- EPA
Calculate Your Ecological Footprint
Hopefully one or two or more of these ideas has gotten you excited about celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day. That’s great! Your enthusiasm will be felt and mirrored by your children. Take time this week to plan and figure out just what you and your family can accomplish. Please share any other ideas and websites to help other readers as they prepare. And once you have successfully finished your planned activities, tell us how it went!
NOTE: While learning about and appreciating nature definitely fits into this category, we are going to focus on how to take care of the environment this week. We’ll do nature appreciation as a theme all by itself in the future.