Thursday, April 22nd will be the 40th annual Earth Day. For those looking for activities to do with their children this week, as it is also National TV Turn-off Week (see last week's blog), Earth Day offers a whole host of fun activities.
Many schools will have Earth Day programs scheduled to help celebrate and raise children's awareness about the Earth. Depending on your child's age, there are multiple fun ways to supplement this education at home. Checkout the web for some great ideas about how to make Earth Day fun in your house. Kaboose has a section on Earth Day arts and crafts all using recycled materials. With Mother's Day around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make gifts such as seeded bookmarks or flower pressed paper. Gardens are an easy go-to activity for Earth Day and can be as low key as an indoor herb garden or a terrarium in a soda bottle. There are also many websites devoted to Earth Day related science projects for older children. These can range from making smog in a bottle to watching a bean grow into a plant through a zip-lock bag.
Many cities have Earth Day celebrations. So check your local paper to see what is planned for your area. There may be a park clean up, a local tree planting, an outdoor concert or movie. Earth Day offers the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time doing something fun and educational as a family.