DIY Earth Day
Every year on April 22nd the world celebrates Earth Day. Earth Day is a great chance to teach your children about taking care of our planet. They can do that by being more mindful of what we use, by recycling, by learning about pollution, and all the ways we can help the planet.
Education – When you know better, you do better.
Education is a huge part of Earth Day, you can’t do better and be better to the planet if you don’t know that what you are doing is wrong or harmful. There are all sorts of ways to educate your children about Earth Day and ways to protect and heal our planet (and you as well in case you need it!)
Your local library is your best and cheapest (free!) resource for finding out information. Many libraries will pull out children’s books on holidays and events, so it should be as simple as going into the children’s section and looking for a display of Earth Day, recycling and educational books. If your library doesn’t have a display simply go up to one of the librarians and ask for help locating books on those things, I promise, they will love to help you find them. (Click here to find out how to locate your local public library.)
PBS is another great, free, resource. Their PBS Parents pages has a whole section on Earth Day activities and articles about how to help you raise your children to be more green. The National Geographic Kids website has a large section on Earth Day, ways to celebrate it, reasons we celebrate it, and information about recycling.
Simply teaching your children about the why and hows to celebrating Earth Day is a great start. Reading books, watching educational shows and talking about these things helps place in them a knowledge about how to improve the planet.
Get Outside and Do!
You’ve read, you’ve watched, you’ve learned, so, what else can you and your children do? Easy! Get outside and around your home and apply the things that you have learned. The Earth Day Network, the group that helps to promote and organize Earth Day missions and activities for global reach, puts out a call to action each year on an issue that they hope to draw attention to. This year their mission is to work on ending plastic pollution. On their website they have a resource page to help you learn about plastic pollution and a step by step guide on how to take action about it in and around your home. You can look over their guide and then get your children involved in the steps and tips that they have to make changes around your home and in your family.
One of the easiest ways to teach our young kids about protecting planet Earth is through hands on crafts that make a difference and help improve our world. Crafts that focus on recycling and repurposing objects that would just sit in landfills are a great way to show young children the benefits of recycling and ways that even they can help the planet.
We’ve taken the time to round up some of our favorite craft pins. Our focus is not just on recycling materials into fun, cute crafts, but crafts that positively impact our environment and help nature.
A Few Notes Before We Begin…
But first, a note on being mindful of what materials you place in nature:
- When using any sort of cut plastic or metal be sure that you cover, sand, or alter the edges in some way that they will not hurt any wildlife that come into contact with them.
- Glitter is not recommended for any of these crafts. If ingested it could harm or kill wildlife.
- Baskets or fillings of yarn and strings as materials for “safe nesting” is not recommended and could be harmful or life threatening to the birds.
- Make sure that any paints that you use are safe for use around animals and plants and that they will not bleed or wash off into the environment.
- When using nature to decorate your crafts make sure that you stick to found nature that is already on the ground. Try not to break or pluck or destroy nature that is living and helping your environment.
Pretty Planting Magic
For the Birds….
And for the Other Critters.
We hope that you try out and enjoy these recycled craft ideas! We found all our fun crafts on Pinterest, and I see several that are going onto our list of crafts to try over the next few weeks. If you try one out, let us know! Share it to our Facebook page or tag us over on Instagram (@nofilterwoman).