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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.

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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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Helping Your Kids Develop Eco-Friendly Habits

5 Tips for Helping Your Kids Develop Eco-Friendly Habits

This is a guest post by Carly on behalf of The Splash.

Bless their cotton socks, kids are born with open minds and a keen sense of wanting to please their parents, so this makes it an ideal foundation for teaching them the right way to live, including being aware of what we do and how it impacts others around us – and that encompasses the natural environment.

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Here are 5 tips to help you kids develop eco-friendly habits:

1. Create a dialogue:

No kids like a lecture or long-drawn out conversation, but if you see somewhere to insert a learning lesson about the environment and why we need to take care of it, do so. This could be at the zoo or while watching a nature programme on TV as many places now discuss pollution and harm to animals. Let them connect the dots in their head and ask questions, which will provide further ways to talk about it with your kids. You’ll be surprised just how much those wheels will be turning in their head, putting together how they feel about animals and how they would want to do something to help.

2. Make a recycling game:

Kids in a family can get quite competitive so channel it into a learning game around who can find the most things around the house to recycle. Set up different bins with categories like plastic, paper, etc. Whoever finds the most, wins. You win, too, because you’ve also got them to do a chore and you’ve taught them about items that can be reused rather than just put out for the bin man.

3. Give through recycling:

Another way you can do double duty on teaching is to have them go through their older toys and clothing, selecting items that they could give to local shelters and charity shops. This shows them how these items do not have to be thrown out but can be used for the good of others, providing necessities and extras for children in need. They will understand the need to help others while also not wasting things.

4. Switch it off:

It’s easy for kids to get distracted, leaving a light on or television on in room while they wander somewhere else or run out the door. Or, they may like to watch the tap water run and splash in it while they are brushing their teeth. Teach them about how electricity and water are resources that should be cherished rather than wasted. Get them into the habit of switching off a light or device that they are not using (and that includes portable game systems that run on rechargeable batteries and have to be plugged in!) as well as turning off the tap while they brush. You will also benefit with a drop in your bills!

5. Unplug the fun:

In the olden days of your own childhood, there were most likely not video games, tablet devices, or mobile phones to chat on. You had to make your own, non-electric fun. And, you still can with your kids by picking out activities that use your mind and body rather than electricity. These include board games, books, colouring, crafting and lots of outdoor fun where you and the kids can benefit from exercise and fresh air. This includes going for a walk in the park or on a natural trail (which also puts you and your kids in touch with the very thing you are trying to protect as a subtle way to further the eco-friendly lessons you are trying to instil), riding a bike or scooter, playing crazy golf, or even volunteering at a community environmental protection event where you clear a park or beach of litter.

Instead of letting kids grow into consumption monsters, this is a great opportunity to raise children who appreciate what they have and make it last. These are also activities that can help you spend more time with your kids, shaping them into caring adults.

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Five Environmental Activist Activities You Can Do With Kids

This is a guest post by Olivia Maloy of `Trying To Conceive`. 

Parents are their children’s first, and most important teachers — and that is certainly true when it comes to environmental awareness. A greener earth starts with children who grow up knowing that their actions impact the future. And how can we get this message across better than through hands-on environmental activist activities? Here are five ideas small kids can participate in.

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Clean your neighborhood

No neighborhood is free from discarded items that shouldn’t be there. Organizing a neighborhood cleaning day may be daunting, but it could promote environmental awareness while also bringing neighbors closer together. This is something you can organize yourself, with others who live in your street. Children can go door-to-door to ask others to participate in a big clean-up day (with your guidance), and ask neighbors to bring the tools needed to clean up. But schools can also get involved, making the activity even more effective. A speaker from a green organization can explain the risks bottles or plastic bags pose to birds and other animals before the kids go on their mission, for instance.

Two elementary school boys walking home from school.

Walk to school week

Cutting down on the use of cars is one of the best things anyone can do to reduce that carbon footprint. Walk (or cycle) to school week raises awareness about this. School children can start this initiative by proposing it to their teachers, who can encourage their students to walk or cycle to school for the whole week. Those who live further away can still make their mark by carpooling. This initiative obviously depends on the support and participation of parents. There is no doubt that a student’s proposal to let the car rest for a while will make them think, too.

A green birthday party

If your child is passionate about a greener earth, and has a birthday coming up, an ecological birthday party is a fantastic way to show her friends she cares. Kids’ birthdays have turned into very wasteful events. A green birthday party can avoid disposable plates and plastic party favors. You could give vegetable seeds as party favors, play games that use natural items like sticks and stones, or visit a nature reserve or national park. Children who are really passionate about ecology can ask their friends to donate money to green charities instead of receiving birthday gifts.

Earth-friendly blogging

Sit down as a family and discuss ways in which you can personally reduce the negative impact you have on the environment, and boost the positive. This could include starting a compost heap, trying to keep your clothes clean so they can be worn for several days, and buying groceries with less packaging. This is an educational activity all in itself, but it can easily be turned into activism by blogging about the changes you are making, or writing a letter to your local newspaper about it. Vegetarian children could also blog about being meat-free (with recipes!), those who live on farms can write about gardening, and urban families could tackle recycling… just to name a few ideas.

Get involved with an ecological campaign group

Organizations such as Green Peace as very open to children. Depending on your location, it may be possible to visit one of their boats or have a speaker come to your kids’ school, church, or social group. Hearing what adult environmental activities do to fight climate change, the extinction of species, and many other things, can really inspire children to get involved, too.

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