Taking Care of the Environment

Our march project

This month, we are focusing on the earth. Trying to get my son to start thinking about this, I made a feeble attempt to explain to my 4-year old the difference between the trash truck and the recycling truck this morning. I suppose I have to start somewhere.

I hope you will join me this month, let’s spend time talking about recycling, picking up trash, and teaching our kids about how to take care of nature. You probably already have ideas about how to do this, but if you’d like, here are some tips to get you started.

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1. Contact your local Parks and Rec. department: Ask them things like this: “do you have any parks or trails that could use some help from willing families?” and “do you have any community-wide cleanup events?” This is how we found out about a trail cleanup that we are participating in. Yay!

2. Take their recommendations: Once you talk to your Parks and Rec contact, form a plan, contact people, set a date, and grab your shovels or gloves or trash bags, and get out there! My kids love nature, and they love getting dirty, so I think this one will be really fun for us.

(Optional) 3. Join the Arbor Day Foundation. Did you know that if you become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation, you get 10 free trees to plant? So cool. (You may want to ask Parks and Rec about where you can plant them).

(Optional) 4. Take pictures and post them:  We are excited to see how you’ve made the world a little bit more beautiful this month. Thanks!

Resources

Books for Kids 

1. Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter: This winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is about a woman who goes back to her home town in Kenya to plant trees. It has beautiful illustrations, and it is a great one for younger kids.

2. The EARTH BOOK by Todd Parr: This helpful book has cute pictures illustrating ways that kids can serve the earth. “I can use both sides of the paper” etc. It is also a good one for younger kids.

Books for the Family 

1. 365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play–Every Day! by Sheri Amsel: This book encourages families to be eco-friendly with a ton of practical ideas.

Videos

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1. Peppa Pig, Full Episode, Recycling: My son loves Peppa Pig, and this 5 minute episode is a good way to start the conversation with your kids about Recycling. Mummy Pig explains how and why the pigs should recycle. It is super basic, and my son asked if he could watch it again.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope these ideas and resources have been helpful. Do you have any ideas about how to help our kids take care of the environment? Please let us know!

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About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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