Welcome to April edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama. This month’s topic is “Celebrating Our Earth – Green Living”. Please scroll down to the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants. Enjoy!
As an earth loving mama, I feel that it is very important to expose children to green living practices from the first day of their life. From using cloth diapers and cloth wipes, to switching over to cloth “tissues,” to committing to incorporate more earth friendly ways of living into your home, children who grow up living a green lifestyle will be our best hope at fixing this broken planet of ours.
Tiny is only three but she knows what items to recycle and what items to put into the regular garbage. She uses cloth to wipe her bottom, not paper toilet tissue. She blows her little nose in cloth tissues and cleans her hands with cloth napkins. She has no idea what paper plates are. Same with plastic cups. We shop with reusable bags and we keep her snacks in reusable snack bags.
I do as much as I can to help Tiny understand how important it is to save our resources and to take gentle, loving care of our planet. Sometimes, I need a little extra assistance or some inspiration! Thank goodness for the internet.
Below is a list of some of my favorite online green resources for children. These sites are educational, have games and activities for all ages, and provide parents with some great tips on incorporating green living practices into their family. I hope you find a few that might inspire your wee ones!
- Buddy Bison – Explore the Nation’s Parks
- Crafts For Kids – Earth Day Activities
- Earth Day Crafts For Kids
- Earth Day – Every Day!
- Eco Kids
- Eco Savvy Kids
- Eeko World
- Environmental Kids Club
- Free Rice – Test your vocabulary! For each correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the UN End World Food Program to end hunger.
- Global Kids
- Global Warming Kids
- Go Green Stories
- Go Green with your Kids at iVillage
- Kids Planet
- Little Green Blog
- Kid’s Corner – Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
- Ocean Conservancy
- Paper Back Swap
- Polar Bears International
- The Green Guide for Kids
- Tree Hugger
- Tristin and Tyler Check Out Cool Green Products
- United Nations Environment Program – Children’s Corner
- World Wildlife Education
And here are a few great sites for parents to find some “green” educational inspiration:
- How to teach your children to be earth-friendly
- Teach a Preschooler to Go Green
- Teach Your Kids To Go Green
- Three Fun Ways to Go Green
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Jardin, Our Garden y Learning to Reciclar — Florecita at Florecita Growing Up intertwines family traditions with gardening and green living in a way that engages her 7yr old, 4yr old and 2yr old.
- Nature Love — Alice Griffin Writings from the Wherever shares musings from a walk in the countryside with her young daughter and her hopes that by seeking out this closeness to nature, it will help her daughter to appreciate and care for the earth.
- Online Green Resources For Children (and Parents Too) — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama links to several great online resources which help children learn about the importance of treating mother earth with love and respect.
- Finding Nature in the City — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares simple ideas for celebrating nature with your children — even in the city.
- Get Green Quick: Goes Wrong — Megan at The Other Baby Blog writes humorously about her (failed) attempts to switch to natural cat litter.
- Celebrating the Birds — Carrie at Love Notes Mamashares a dozen bird-lovin’ ideas for you and your budding bird enthusiast.
- 10 Steps to Cleaner Indoor Air — Laura at Authentic Parenting gives a few simple tips t green up the air we breathe inside our homes.
- Are Big Families Really the “New Green”? — Michelle @ Grateful Moms of Many wonders how – and if – the tales our children hear influence their future
- Toddler & Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth — Mudpiemama from The Positive Parenting Connection shares six ideas for toddlers and preschoolers to learn about the importance of respecting the Earth.