Infant Tips

15 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

Earth Day is coming up and in preparation here are some ideas on ways to celebrate, especially with young children.  This day of celebration is an opportunity for us to remind our children to be kind to the earth and their environment. Even small actions can make a difference! Here is a list of fun activities for you and your little one, #7 is me and my kid’s favorite.

  1. Go on a backyard scavenger hunt. Create a list of natural items appropriate for the season and location, and see how many your children can find.
     
  2. Play outside. Teach your kids some good, old-fashioned outdoor games. They probably already know them, but if not, Capture the Flag, Red Rover, and Red Light – Green Light are some good ones.
     
  3. Go to the library and read a book about the planet, like What Does It Mean to Be Green by Rana DiOrio or The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
     
  4. Become an artist. Sidewalk chalk is one of our favorite outdoor toys.  Create works of art, make obstacle courses for bikes, or draw hopscotch games with tons of squares.
     
  5. Power down. Try turning off the power for 1 hour – no television, cell phones, or lights. Play board games or charades, read a book, or just talk!
     
  6. Go on a nature walk or bike ride at your local park, in your neighborhood or wherever you feel! Bring along a camera and snap some beautiful pictures of the nature sights you see along the way.
     
  7. Design a route to walk to school. Help the planet by reducing CO2 emissions by walking to school instead of driving. Live too far to walk the entire distance? Consider driving part of the way and then walking.
     
  8. Repurpose something from around the house that you no longer use. We had a lot of fun trying this with our Born Free baby bottles. Here are some other ideas on ways to reuse your baby bottles.
     
  9. Create a nature friendly craft. A peanut butter pine cone bird feeder is a great way to attract birds to the backyard. It will give you and the kids a chance to watch and learn about the types of birds in your area.
     
  10. Plant a garden. Growing your own vegetables, herbs and flowers is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint. An entire garden may be too overwhelming, but you and your little ones can plant some flowers or even some herbs. And take baby steps, we started with a container garden.
     
  11. Go camping. You don’t have to go far to go camping. Pitch a tent in the backyard, especially if it’s your first time sleeping outdoors. We did this last summer and it was so much fun and is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy together.
     
  12. Clean up trash around the neighborhood, at a beach or even the park. Make sure to wear gloves and bring some durable trash bags or buckets.  This is one of my son’s favorite year-round activities!
     
  13. Take a field trip. Visit your local nature center or botanical garden.
     
  14. Go on a picnic and elect to use non-disposable items like real silverware, plates and cups.
     
  15. Pack a green lunch. Opt for reusable containers or bags instead of the typical plastic baggies.  Born Free snack bags are a perfect reusable container for you or your kid’s lunches.
     
No matter what you choose to do this Earth Day, have fun doing it!

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Dr. Levine

Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York based pediatrician and a mom of two children.