Earth Day Ideas for Family

Earth Day Ideas for FamilyKids love being a part of efforts that they know will help to protect the earth. Not only do they like knowing that they have a respected role to play but they like the fact that their parents and other adults acknowledge their abilities and maturity enough to discuss important issues with them like the environment.

Earth Day is an opportunity to really think about the messages and actions that cities and regional governments across the country are promoting to help our environment. “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” are messages that can take on greater meaning through purposeful activities that you choose to do with your family on Earth Day.

To begin with, why not gather everyone around and talk about the following questions:

What can we recycle in our household and how can we recycle these items?

How many disposable items, from diapers to plastic bags do we use as a family, and how many items can we choose to do without?

Where can we reuse items we no longer want?

Here are some uses for existing items that might be in your household:

• Reuse a plastic or paper bag as a gift bag – place some decorative stickers or other decorations on it and you’ve got a replacement for wrapping paper!
• Reuse empty food containers as storage for leftovers.
• Decorate a can and reuse it as a pencil holder.
Habitat for Humanity accepts building material donations – contact your local office for this non-profit group before disposing of old building material around your home.
• Your local Goodwill can make good use of your gently worn clothing and gently used furniture or other household items. Contact them to find out delivery options.

Suggest that your children organize an Earth Day Groceries project with their classmates and teacher. The project involves each child in the class decorating a cloth, canvas or other durable and reusable bags that can serve as great grocery bags. Once the bags are done present them to your local Grocery store as a way to promote Earth Day and the strong relationship between your local store, school and patrons in the community.

Hiking is a great family activity that can turn into a enjoyable Earth Day Activity if the purpose of the hike is to pick up garbage in your local park or trail. It’s a satisfying project that will make kids feel they are doing their part to take care of an area that gives them and their friends in the community much enjoyment – especially animals!

One of the best ways to teach our children about the impact of trash on our environment is to show them the “trash trail.” Where does the trash go after we put it out for the garbage truck? On Earth Day why not take your kids on a little journey along the “trash trail.”

The garbage workers or sanitation engineers take residential garbage usually to a transfer station that collects the community’s waste/rubbish before shipping it off to a regional solid waste facility. In many cases the garbage gets trucked to a landfill or incinerator plant. Sometimes that garbage is then burned to produce electricity – depending on the town.

Investigate if you are within traveling distance to a waste facility and ask if they do tours for schools or community members. If so, you’ll be in for an eye opening experience that will make this Earth Day one that will be an educational and fun experience for you and your family.

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a very basic Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (BLT) Sandwich. This is for those of you who want simple, down-to-earth ideas for lunches!


2 slices bread (I used hearty white bread, but you may use whole wheat, whole grain, rye, etc.)
mayonnaise, to taste (You may use sandwich spread, if preferred.)
3 slices crisp bacon
2 slices medium-sized tomato
fresh lettuce leaves

Toast the 2 slices of bread in a toaster or oven. Spread mayonnaise on top of one of the 2 slices. Divide your 3 slices of crisp bacon into half-pieces, and place them on top of the mayonnaise. Place 2 tomato slices, side-by-side on top of the bacon. Place 2 or 3 flat leaves of lettuce over the tomatoes. Cap the sandwich off with the other slice of toasted bread. Slice diagonally into 2 halves, and place on a serving plate. Serve with unsalted pretzels and pimiento-stuffed green olives. A simple and refreshing summer lunch!


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