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Four Fun Eco Friendly Summer Activities for Your Kids

Four Fun Eco Friendly Summer Activities for Your Kids

This guest post is by Catie Keeler of MortgageRates.info.

Most kids love summer and the chance to be free from school. It is a great time to teach your children activities that will help them be eco-friendly. These are fun summer activities that you can do with your children without worrying about impacting the environment. These activities will help your kids connect with the earth and have fun doing it.

Grow Your Own Garden

One great activity for your summer is to grow your own vegetable garden. This activity allows your children to see where food comes from. A great sense of satisfaction comes from eating the food you have grown yourself. If you have a yard, you may want to portion out a small section of it for the garden. There are some great books about gardening naturally. You can also set up your own composting pile, which will help reduce your waste and allow you to use natural fertilizer for your food. This also gives you more control over the food you are eating. If you do not have a yard, you can do container gardening instead. In container gardening you will plant your garden in containers, you keep on your porch, balcony or deck.

Nature Walks

Another great activity is to take your children to a nature preserve and take them on a scavenger hunt to find specific plants and animals in the preserve. Often there is a nature center you can visit to find examples before you go on the walk. Make a list and check off each item as you find it. Pack in your own water and snacks and teach your children to pack out any waste that you have. This is a great way to help your children feel comfortable with nature and to recognize the wildlife in your area.

Camping Trip

A short camping trip is a great eco-friendly activity. It is a great way to really connect with nature. It also gives you the opportunity to show your children how to camp responsibly and to treat nature well. You can gain a lot of peace from the time you spend outside, sleeping out of doors and relaxing in nature. You can plan a short weekend trip or a weeklong camping trip. You may be able to camp fairly close to home. Most children look back at camping trips with fond memories, and it is a fairly inexpensive vacation. If you do not own a tent you may be able to rent one if you cannot afford to buy one.

Park Clean Up

Another great eco-friendly activity is to participate in a local park clean up. This activity serves two purposes. First you will work together to help maintain a great green space that your children will use. It gives them a sense of ownership of the space. The second is that it shows your children the benefit of participating in community service. You can organize your own group to go into a park after contacting your city for permission or you may join a group that is already doing this. You will want to be safe when cleaning up and have the children wear gloves and only pick up paper trash. You may have them focusing on painting or planting a flower garden if you are worried about finding dangerous trash in the area.

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Teach kids to recycle with trivia

Teach Kids to Recycle with Trivia

This guest post is by John Fisher of www.triviaquestions.net.

Kids love to learn; their brains are like sponges just waiting to soak up any information we provide. One of the best ways to teach children is to make a game of the lesson. Young children learn best if they are having fun doing it. If you want to teach your kids, be them your own or children in your classroom, how to recycle, make a game of it. Use these fun recycling facts to create a trivia game for the children in your life.

With a recipe box, a package of colored note cards and a few rewards, you can easily create a recycling trivia game. Write a fact on each card, come up with a question for the opposite side of the card and keep them all tidy in your recipe box. When it’s time to play, simply pull out your recipe box, ask the child to choose a color, pull one out and read the question; it couldn’t be easier!

Recycling bins
Image courtesy of  epSos.de on Flickr.

Here are several fun recycling facts that you can use for your new trivia game:

  • Recycling is the process of collecting, sorting and processing discarded materials with the intent of creating new products.
  • The most commonly recycled materials are aluminum, glass, paper and plastic.
  • Up to one million creatures in the ocean are killed each year by discarded plastic garbage.
  • Plastic takes about 500 years to decompose.
  • Aluminum can be recycled over and over; there is no limit. Glass can also be recycled forever.
  • Recycled newspapers are used to make newsprint, tissue, insulation and paperboard.
  • Recycled office and school paper is used to make insulation, paperboard, tissue and writing paper.
  • In America, so much aluminum is thrown away every month that we could rebuild every airplane in the sky.
  • If we took all of the plastic produced in America each year, we could shrink wrap the entire state of Texas.
  • If all of the plastic bottles were removed from landfills across the nation, and laid end-to-end, they would circle the plant four times.
  • In America, we throw away enough steel, every year, to remake every new car that has been produced.
  • Making paper from recycled materials, instead of new fiber, requires 70 percent less energy.
  • Americans recycle only one out of every four plastic bottles they use, and we use about four million bottles each hour.
  • Almost every glass bottle and jar produced today is made of at least 25 percent recycled glass.
  • Making aluminum cans from recycled materials requires 95 percent less energy than making the same cans from bauxite ore.
  • By recycling just a single glass bottle, we could save enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb lit for four hours.
  • About ten million tons of newspaper are thrown away, instead of recycled, every year.
  • Every person in America uses two trees worth of paper products every year.
  • If people recycled as many steel cans as they threw away, it would be equal to the amount of energy needed to keep a 60-watt light bulb lit for two days.

These facts should be known by everyone, but they are especially good to use for recycling trivia games. Teaching children in a fun manner will ensure that they absorb, and retain, the majority of the information you are providing. By turning these facts into a trivia game, you will create a new generation of recycling Americans.

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Help Your Kids Celebrate Earth Day With Fun Games and Puzzles

Celebrate Earth Day at Funschool.com! Get free online Earth Day games, coloring pages, puzzles and more. Plus, take the Earth Day Quiz and learn how you can help save the planet. You'll find:

Games: Save the environment by dragging the litter on the beach to its proper recycling bin (Free the Beach). Click on things that cause pollution and have fun while you clean up the environment (Clean Up Your World). Help the dinosaurs save the earth by solving this Recycling Puzzle (Recycling Puzzle).

 


 

Crafts: Decorate a rock to look like a pretty ladybug (Ladybug Rocks). Create your own garden to keep in your room all year round (Baby Food Jar Garden). Create a lady bug you can keep on your fridge with this fun craft project (Ladbug Magnets). Celebrate Earth Day by creating a floating butterfly out of a coffee filter (Coffee Filter Butterflies). Recycle old coffee grounds and create your very own fossils (Coffee Ground Fossils).

Word Play: Try a maze, word search or sudoku puzzle (Earth Day Puzzles). Color and share with Earth Day coloring pages (Earth Day Coloring Pages).

And there's always the Slideshow where you can learn the top 5 ways you could help save the planet.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Recycle Games

These Recycle Games provide great exercise while teaching about the importance of recycling. Students will participate in relay races and games that make use of recycled materials and other “trash.”

Objectives: Students will get physical exercise as they learn about local recycling efforts. They will learn about the importance of recycling, how to sort trash for recycling, and how to display good sportsmanship during all activities.

Materials Needed: Dependent on the races that comprise of your “Recycle Games.”

Activities:

1. Waste No Water – Fill a clean open-topped non-breakable container (a plastic spaghetti sauce jar or a soup can work well) with water for each team; be sure the containers are the exact same size and filled to the brim with water. Set a start and finish point. At a signal, the first runner heads for the finish line, walks over the line, turns around and heads back to his or her team, and passes the container to the next person in line. At the end of the race, the team with the most water still in the container is the winner.

2. Tumbling Towers – This activity can be done one team at a time. Provide a recycle bin full of clean aluminum cans (for example, soda pop cans). At a signal, students have 2 minutes to stack the cans one atop another. Each student takes a turn at building a tower by stacking cans one atop the other. The student on each team who builds the tallest tower then represents his or her team in a final team-against-team stacking competition.

3. Putt for Points – Paint five coffee cans with bright colors. Paint or draw a point value on each can. (Suggestions: Paint the number 5 on one can, the number 10 on another, 15 on a third, 20 on a fourth, and 50 on the fifth.) Set up the coffee cans in a row. Give students three golf balls and three chances to accumulate points for their team.

4. Bottle Bowling – Set up bowling pins made from 2-liter soda pop bottles, small bleach bottles, or tall dishwashing detergent bottles. Tip: Put about an inch of sand in the bottom of the bottles; the pins will still be easy to bowl down, but the bottles won't fall as easily as they would if there was no sand in them.

5. Trash Can Relay – Set up five classroom trash cans in an obstacle course. The first student on the team runs the course, weaving in and out around the cans. When the student reaches the last can, he or she turns around and weaves back to the team. The runner taps the next team member in line, who takes his/her turn running the course…

6. Newspaper Relay – Provide a stack of newspapers for each team and have team members divide the stack evenly among themselves. Set up a paper bag or recycle bin (or whatever container your community uses for recycling newspaper) at a finish line. At a signal, the first member of the team carries his or her stack of newspaper to the finish line, deposits it in the container, runs back to the team, and taps the next person in line.

Source: Education World

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