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Earth Day 2011: 5 Earth Day Activities to Do with the Kids!

Celebrate Earth Day 2011

Really, every day should be Earth Day, but many of us could and should be reminded about taking care of our precious planet that we call home. That is why the official Earth Day was created, to bring attention to restoring and repairing our world. One of the best things about Earth Day is the opportunity to teach our children about the environment that they are inheriting– one day filled with oodles of teachable moments. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, here are five Earth Day Activities to do with the kids.

Plant a Tree
Arbor Day was the go-to day for planting trees, but Arbor Day isn’t until April 29th. Why not get a head start, plus the world can always use another tree. You can buy trees from the Arbor Day Foundation here.  But if you and your kids aren’t in the mood to get all dirty, you can donate money to Plant-It 2020 – for every $1 donated a tree will be planted.

Reuse / Recycle
Kids today are pretty savvy about what can and can not be recycled, but it’s always good to review just to make sure this important practice is deeply instilled.  When talking about recycling, a big thing is the aspect of reusing items.  You can do simple things like take socks that your child has outgrown and make puppets, or taking a stained sweater and cutting it up and making mittens. Here are a bunch of tips on recycling and reusing here.

Clean Up
Want to spend some quality time outdoors with the kids and want to do something for the earth? Organize a clean up! Be it a beach, a park, or a playground. And make sure to recycle all those bottles and cans you find.

Walk or Bike to School
Instead of jumping into the car to go take the kids to school, carve out a little bit more time to walk or bike to school. Plus you get the added bonus of exercise.

Picnic for the Planet
Who doesn’t love a picnic? And dining outside is always a lovely way to spend mealtime. The Nature Conservancy has organized the Picnic for the Planet for Earth Day. There will be picnic meet-ups in over 400 locations around the world and to make it easy to plan, they have included favorite picnic recipes from a variety of chefs.

What will you do for Earth Day?

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