Earth Day Tips to Share as a Family

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By: Ashmar Mandou

There are many ways to celebrate and explore the beauty of nature. In honor of Earth Day, we created a list of activities that will be fun for children to do so that they can learn the importance of caring for the planet.

Up-Cycle Trash into an Eco-Friendly Craft
Create a craft made from recycled materials that you can find at home or in nature. Take it a step further and make your own craft supplies, too. They’re easy to make, better for the environment than store-bought supplies, and save you a ton of money to boot.

Take a Bike Ride
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year. Take a family bike ride to one of the day’s destinations, and ask your children if they can think of any other environmentally-friendly modes of transportation. You can get the conversation started by mentioning skateboards, rollerblades, or even your own two feet.

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Feed the Birds
Even if you don’t have time to build a bird feeder, simply scattering some seeds or bread crumbs in your back yard will help feed your feathered friends. Ask your child to point out all the different birds that come to feast.

Open Your Windows
According to the EPA, air pollutants in the home can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor air pollutants. Throw open your windows and let the fresh spring air in! While you’re at it, encourage your kids to listen for nature sounds and write down what they hear.

Get Outside
Picking up trash in your neighborhood, going on a scavenger hunt, or planting some flowers are all great ways to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Earth Day.

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