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7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth (Plus Some Environmental Books For Kids)

Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival! This post is part of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!  Last year I wrote a post that I simple do not feel I can top.  So please read 25 Ways I Am Going More Green if you are so inclined.

Today I am pleased to present a special guest post about 7 Child and Eco Friendly Activities that go beyond a one day celebration of our beautiful planet.  But before I share this great post with you, I would like to provide you with some wonderful ideas for books you and your children can share to help them learn more about the importance of respecting our planet.

A Few of My Favorite Environmental Books For Kids

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And now, my featured guest post…

7 Child & Eco Friendly Activities

Our generation is in danger, due to the many environmental problems we face today. Getting our children involved in Eco-friendly activities around the house can help ensure our environment is safe for another generation. Eco-friendly activities can also be quite fun, and provide your children with something to do!

1. Start a Compost Garden!
Trash accumulates very easily and can often account for one of the main ways our oceans and forests become polluted. Taking some of your biodegradable trash and starting a garden with it provides the environment with effective fertilizer, promoting future growth for plants! This can also teach your children how to care for plants, which can lead to bigger lessons about responsibility.

2. Recycle!
Our world comes with limited resources, and it is very important that we conserve them. Teaching your children to recycle their empty plastic bottles and used or unwanted paper can benefit the environment in a number of ways. Recycling your plastic bottles means they can be re-used, and they won’t pile up on beaches and landfills. Plastics cause a huge problem on beaches, as turtles often mistake plastic bags as jellyfish, and end up sick.

3. Teach your Kids
One of the best ways to get your children involved in Eco-friendly activities is by teaching them about it and spending time with them. It is a lot easier to learn about things such as this with a guide, and what better person to do it than their parent? This will also encourage children to share the green activity, and soon, many children will be sharing good environmental habits.

4. Turn off Lights
One of the best ways to conserve energy is to shut off lights that are not in use, one of the biggest energy-wasters in houses. Teaching your children this good habit when they are young will encourage them to continue it for a lifetime, saving both of you money.

5. CFLs
Energy-efficient light bulbs cost less over time, and they can help save large amounts of energy. It can also help save money on bills too! One of the main reasons electricity consumption is on the rise is due to the fact that homeowners have not switched to energy-efficient light bulbs. Teaching children to replace light bulbs can be a helpful way to get them involved in Eco-friendly activities AND learn how to handle a basic household chore!

6. Clean up Trash
Often, people are careless and will not bother to put their trash in the appropriate bins. This can cause much harm to the environment, because trash can be swept away by wind or the waves and be carried out into the environment, where it can cause a large amount of damage to wildlife and forests. Teaching your children to pick up trash when they see it can be an effective way to assist the environment, and get them involved in Eco-friendly activities.

7. Turn Off Faucets

Faucets and kitchen sinks are often left on longer than they need to be, and as a result, this wastes a large amount of water. Water is Earth’s most precious resource, and it helps sustain life as we know it. Helping to conserve water can ensure that there is enough water for both humans and wildlife to survive. It will also ensure that our planet is safe and cared for when further generations come!

Thank you to Mathilda Finnegan for this guest post.  Mathilda likes to write about green living.

Thank you for stopping by the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival! Please relax and take time to read these other great eco-living posts:
Earth Day Blog Carnival - Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction

  • You are a Child of the Earth – Using the Earth as their classroom, Patti from Canadian Unschool teaches her 4 children their spiritual connection to the Earth and she accepts that loving the Earth can get really, really messy.
  • Cutting Out Paper – Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went from curiosity and concern to actually cutting out the use of paper towels in her household. She is proud to be “greener” as each Earth Day passes.
  • The World is Brown – Debra Ann Elliot of Words are Timeless believes in keeping the Earth green, but because so many people inhabit the Earth it is turning brown because people aren’t doing their part by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
  • 7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth (Plus Some Environmental Books For Kids) – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her favorite books that help children become more aware of the importance of respecting and caring for Mother Earth. In addition, she hosts a guest post outlining seven child and eco friendly activities to honor the earth.
  • 5 Ways We Teach Our Children To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Valarie at Momma In Progress shares a few tips for encouraging young children to care for the earth.
  • Little Changes – Big Results – Meegs at A New Day talks about how sometimes it’s the little decisions and changes that can lead us to find big results, and how she’s baby-stepping her way to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation – aNonyMous at at Radical Ramblings hopes to inspire her daughter to live a green and sustainable lifestyle, in the same way she was inspired by her high-school science teacher, and talks about the changes her family are making towards this vision.
  • Eco-Friendly Cleansers: Safe For the Environment, Healthy For Every Body – Rebekah at Liberated Family writes about safe and natural alternatives to toxic, household cleaning products..
  • Lightening My Footprint with Cloth Nappies (Diapers) – Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares the biggest eco-choice she has made so far, and why she is so passionate about it.
  • Clutter Free for a Cause – At Living Peacefully with Children Mandy’s penchant for decluttering and simple living cuts down on consumerism, taking less of a tole on the Earth.
  • Eco-Parenting: Homemade Bug Spray – Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares a homemade bug spray recipe that helps her family to enjoy the natural world while taking precautions against bug bites.
  • Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes…Just Not Too Quickly – Kelly at Becoming Crunchy talks about the discomfort of no longer being able to live in denial over how her choices affect the world around her.
  • Fostering Love of Earth – Justine at The Lone Home Ranger instills a love of nature in her daughters by embarking on their first backyard vegetable garden together.
  • Being in Nature – Carrie at Love Notes Mama knows that just being in nature is more than enough.
  • 5 Ways to Pass Down Environmental Values to Your Children – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares how easy it can be to instill environmental values in your children.
  • Viva Portlandia – Amy at Anktangle writes about the place she lives and loves in: Portland, Oregon. She describes the ways this green city makes it easy for her family to take care of our earth, and also the steps she’s taking to further lessen her family’s environmental impact.
  • Conspicuous Conservationism – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction examines the phenomenon of eco-conscious behavior as a status symbol.
  • Time for Radical Sustainability – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle ponders how she can model a truly sustainable lifestyle for her children and raise them in a way that their environmental consciousness is as natural as breathing!

A big thank you to all of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival participants!

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Comments

  1. Great tips! I thought it would be easy to encourage my kids to save water but they delight in having the tap running and splashing their hands in it. No matter how much I try to convince them a bath would be fun the running water is their favourite. In my ideal home I would love to have grey water recycling so that all of this play water (and a whole lot more) would be diverted into garden irrigation. Looking into the structural design of buildings is a key to sustainability as they are huge energy wasters.

    Enjoy a great Earth Day with your little one and thank-you for joining in the Earth Day Blog Carnival.

  2. Oooh I am adding those books to my wish list – thank you for the great resource!

    Love the tips as well – it’s a constant amazement to me how much small things (like turning off the faucet – I left it running while I brushed my teeth for years! :p) are easy to forget – and yet they make such a difference.

    Thank you for the great advice and reminders…

  3. Stopping over from the Carnival. I want to do #1 when we are back in a single-family home with a yard (six more weeks till we move; we’ve been apartment-dwellers for the last two years and we really, really, really miss having a yard!). Also checked out the list of 25 things from last year, and found several on there that I *could* be doing if I would just get with the program. Sigh. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I can’t wait to go to the library – thanks for the book suggestions!

    The seemingly simple tips are the best, and so easy for us to do! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Thanks for these tips, Jennifer! I’m excited to get a few of these books on Daniel’s birthday wish list and even more of them from our library! I love how you point out that it can be just a few small changes (like turning off lights and switching to CFLs) which can make a big difference in the long run. It’s not hard—it just takes a little effort. Thank you for the reminder. =)

  6. Great suggestions!

  7. Love the book list! I’m always looking for more books to add to our family’s eco-bookshelf.

  8. My favourite children’s book is “Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life” by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. I love how it tells children that when we eat green plants we literally bring the energy of the sun into our bodies. It is both scientific in its descriptions as well as spiritual in its applications.
    I will have to check out some of the other titles you’ve listed.

  9. These are all fantastic tips, we do a few of them already, and thanks for the inspiration to try a few more :)Heading over to your last years post now, Jennifer :)

  10. Thanks for these tips. I really appreciate the book suggestions. We do follow several of your suggestions listed above and have for quite awhile which is great because our boys have grown up following some of these environmentally friendly practices. The books might help them better understand why we do these things.

  11. Great tips! And thank you for the book recommendations! I love learning about new green living books for kids.

  12. Great post! I especially love your list of books and will definitely check those out! I’d also add, “We Planted A Tree,” by Diane Muldrow.

  13. These may be little ways but will most definitely make a difference in the long run if everybody participates. We must all do our part.

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