5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

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We celebrate Earth Day big time at our house.

Of course it’s because the Earth is our home and it’s our responsibility to take care of it and respect it and make sure it doesn’t suffer a fiery death because of our general carelessness. But, that’s every day. We don’t need a special holiday to remind our children that we need to recycle, pick up our trash, and conserve resources around our house.

I can yell at them daily for that.

What we do need a special holiday for is to make a party out of it! And, get our kids to work in the yard with smiley faces.

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Get your grow on

We always kick off our growing season on Earth Day. We spend the morning churning our flower beds, mulching, and transferring our buds from their pots to the ground. Our kids think Earth Day is actually the Earth’s birthday and, since they know you have to be nice on someone’s birthday, they are more than happy to spend some time loving on the land. Actually, I think this desire is quickly waning in the tween-ager we have living in our house, but whatever, I just force him.

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Image via saaby, Flickr

Go on a trash race

Get your kids and their neighborhood friends together. Send them out into the neighborhood (with an adult if they’re still young) with a plastic bag, and have them pick up garbage. Whoever comes back with the heaviest bag wins a prize! Our prize is always two cupcakes. Everyone else gets one for their efforts.

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DIY Terrariums

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We make mini ones for my kitchen window because they are preeeeety. Sure, you could buy them, but if you have a can and a glass jar, all you need is soil and seeds! We paint them for fun and plant them on the same day. See them in action here: Easy DIY Terrariums.

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Visit the nature center Your local center may have a fun activity planned for Earth Day, but if not, just going to your nature center and partaking in one of their programs is an excellent way to learn about your local ecosystem. 

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Image via jxson, Flickr

Take a trip to the dump

Yeah, it’s stinky, and icky, and there are weird birds dive bombing all over it, but you know what? It’s also fun! My Dudes love watching the huge trash trucks come in and out. Plus you can learn about exactly what happens to all of the garbage you are just tossing away at your house; how they sort it and dispose of it. It changes your perspective when you get an up close look at where it all goes, and it helps kids understand that, just because it leaves your curb, doesn’t mean it leaves the Earth!

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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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