Earth Day is a day to raise awareness about the environment and focus on preservation. Earth Day may only come once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something each and every day. My kids love to use any “holiday” as a day off school. However, there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your learning.
Use themed printables to teach them vocabulary, ways to celebrate and even the origin of Earth Day. Thematic printables can be done first thing in the morning and then you can spend the rest of the day implementing some of the things they learned. You get the best of both worlds.
However, if you want to teach your family about preserving the planet, and how they can do more for the environment, here are five earth day activities that can be done any day of the year.
Pick up trash
Picking up trash might not be the most exciting thing to do, but properly disposing waste will lead us one step closer to a better environment. Walk around with a trash bag in your local park, around your community, or even in your city and pick up any trash you see. This will not only help clean up your city but the environment as well.
Teach your kids about recycling
Many items that should be recycled end up in our nation’s landfills every single day. Some of the reason may be that many people don’t have access to proper recycling locations, but many people just might not know what should and shouldn’t be recycled. Talk to your kids about the importance of recycling and how to do it properly.
Give items a second life
There is a saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is truer than ever when it comes to giving the items we have a second life! If you need new clothes for your family, consider shopping secondhand at thrift stores first. Before you throw something away, ask yourself if you can repurpose this item or give it a second life.
Reduce your waste
One of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint is by reducing your waste. When you go to the store do to your shopping, bring a reusable bag instead of using the plastic bags they have available. A friend of mine just did an experiment with her school kids and they found out two of the local stores (a grocery store and Wal-Mart) go through 52,000 plastic bags PER DAY! And this is in a town of less than 10,000 people! That is a lot of plastic.
There are a few ways to help reduce that daily usage. If bulk refill options are available, fill up your own bags instead of buying something in a package you will just throw away. By reducing your waste at home, you can help preserve the planet each and every day.
Look for ways to conserve electricity and water
If you want to really conserve your resources, try making it into a game! Who can take the shortest shower, who can turn off the lights first, and other games make conserving resources easy! There are a ton of ways you can conserve your electricity and water usage in your home, so be on the lookout for habits that may be increasing your usage or your bill at home!
Instead of limiting your Earth Day celebration to one day each year, why not work with your kids to preserve the planet every day of the year. Any of these activities are a great way to spend your Earth Day, but they can also be done at any time of the year.
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