Every day there are opportunities to teach children how to “see” and “live” green…READ MORE
You will find numerous ideas for activities that you can do as a family…
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The experience of taking your child to the farmers’ market is priceless. You can learn about locally grown foods, how they are grown, what they cost, and even if you can grow them at home or school.
With Your Family
What better place to grow special family memories than in a garden?Gardening with your kids or grandkids at home or at a community garden not only provides the tangible benefits of exercise and fresh food, it also fosters communication, builds strong relationships, and offers an opportunity to work towards a common goal.
(The National Gardening Association)
Kidsgardening.org can provide you with monthly activities and a Parent’s Primer to help you get started.
Recycling reduces waste as well as the use of non-renewable energy sources and natural resources. While recycling in your home is a great way to teach kids about going green, starting a community-wide recycling drive can show them the impact of recycling on a larger scale.
(by Claire Richards, Yahoo! Contributor Network)
The concept behind recycling can also be applied to arts and crafts for kids. Empty 2-liter soda bottles can be turned into bird feeders while old shoe-boxes can become keepsake boxes for jewelry, photos or favorite toys. Empty baby food boxes can be transformed into piggy banks while the cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels can become a telescope or kaleidoscope. Making crafts out of things that would ordinarily be considered trash teaches kids the importance of reducing waste and utilizing available resources whenever possible.
(Disney Family Fun)
Reducing your energy usage is one of the key steps in going green, but with kids it can be hard to keep your energy costs low. One way to reduce your energy costs is to create a reward system for kids when they are able to save energy. Show your kids simple ways to save energy, such as turning off the lights or TV when they leave the room, and offer them a small reward when they remember.
(US Department of Energy)
A Green Hour is regularly scheduled time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. The National Wildlife Federation launched GreenHour.org in 2007 to provide an online resource for parents including the inspiration and tools to make the outdoors a part of daily life. Visit their site for GreenHour ideas.
(National Wildlife Foundation)
From building a birdhouse to starting your own recycling center, there are plenty of activities here to get your family into the “green” swing of things.
(Safety At Home)