5 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids
By Melissa Brodsky
Yes, so technically every day should be Earth Day — a time to remember how our choices affect the environment, learn more about our planet or volunteer to help support the protection of this place we call home.
Officially, though, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and there are many ways to get the kids in on the party. Here are a few to get you started.
1. Teach your kids about environmental issues. Check out these websites:
Eeko World (good for ages 6 to 9)
2. Conserve energy and reduce pollution. Keep your car in the garage and bike or walk everywhere you go for the day. Have a contest to see which family member can go the longest without using electricity. Turn off the lights early and tell stories by candlelight (keeping safety in mind, of course.).
3. Plant something. What could be better for the environment than some brand-new greenery? Plant a tree or a flower seeds. Plan a vegetable garden, and get started with the veggies that thrive in cooler weather.
4. Volunteer as a family. Look for Earth Day opportunities in your community. Local organizations may need people to help clean up local parks, spread the word about recycling or join an environmental group in its fundraising efforts.
5. Feed the birds. Build a birdhouse, decorate it and stock it with bird seed. Even better, make an edible birdhouse with your kids. What fun!