One of my favorite holiday’s is Earth Day. As a public school teacher I use to spend the whole month of April focusing on conservation and the importance of taking care of our planet. This was not in my curriculum but important information that I wanted my students to have. I had a multi-age classroom so one year we’d spend time focusing on water conservation and pollution and in the alternate years we’d focus on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). I also started and led the school’s Earth Kids Club where we organized school wide clean ups, the annual Grocery Bag Project, an Earth Fair and a school wide yard sale 🙂
Now that I am a mama, it is my job to teach my children about the need to conserve and keep our planet clean. It is true that Earth Day should be everyday but it is April when we really focus on the topic, read as many books as we can get our hands on and do projects related around our planet. In the past we have also participated in a screen free week (no computers or tv) during this time but have decided to move it to May (hopefully nicer weather will make it a little easier on us).
I’d like to share with you some of our favorite resources, books and activities. Please share in the comments anything that you might like to do at this time of year!
Favorite Earth Day Books
The Lorax (our favorite!)
-Plant a few saplings in the yard, talk about the importance of trees to our planet
-Go on a tree hunt in the yard (ID as many trees as we can without leaves ;)).
-Make Sculptures out of our Recyclables or come up with new uses of an item that you were going to get rid of
-Donate clothes and toys to charity or to a smaller friend or family member
-Listen to Jack Johnson’s 3R’s song (love that song!)
-Go out (with work gloves) and clean up the trash that collected in the yard, in the woods or along the street over the winter
-Make a list of ways you can save water in your home
-Make a list of ways you can save energy in your home
-Participate in a screen free week (no TV, computer)
-Start a compost pile
-Start a garden
-Go on a bird watch or visit your local Audubon Society
-Clean a local park or beach
-Visit a farmers market and talk about the importance of buying items locally