5 Kid-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate the planet with these family-friendly ideas.

Earth Day is fast approaching and there is no better time than now to start planning some fun, eco-savvy things to do with your kids. From hiking, to recycling, to gardening, to crafting, there are tons of things that you can do with your kids to celebrate the planet and show your kids what they can do to help protect it. 

Here are five great ideas to get you started:

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Do anything outside!

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The very best way you can celebrate Earth Day with your kids is to do absolutely anything and everything outdoors. If you have lots of time and ambition, you can go for a hike, have a picnic, or go paddling in a stream.

If you don't have a lot of time or access to nature, you and your kids will still benefit from a walk around the block or even taking a few minutes to sit on a nearby park bench. Chances are, you will see a bird, a few plants, and maybe even a chipmunk or honeybee to get you and your kids back in touch with the outdoors. 

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Plant something. Plant anything.

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Plant a tree in your backyard. Plant a forest of trees at your nearby park. Plant a garden. Plant a flower. Plant an herb to grow on a windowsill.

Plants of all kinds are incredibly important to life on this planet. Outdoors, the provide shelter and food for birds and insects, they filter pollutants from the soil, and they absorb climate change causing carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen.

Indoors, plants help to clean the air and improve indoor air quality. 

Whether you plant something little or something big, there is no better time than Earth Day to get planting!

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Get crafty.

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Not interested in getting out or getting dirty? Or maybe you're looking for an activity to do in the downtime between your outdoor activities. The web is filled with Earth Day craft ideas that are perfect for kids. 

Sure, you can set out the paints or the crayons and help your child draw their favorite Earth day scene. But why not take things up a notch by using recyclables to create your Earth Day craft.

Make a birdfeeder from a milk carton, garden markers from popsicle sticks, or a tree from a recycled egg carton. The possibilities are endless. Here are some great Earth Day craft ideas to get you started.

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Recycle something.

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Talk to your kids about recycling and why it's important (it helps keep garbage out of the landfill and reduces the need to use new resources to make new products.)

If you already recycle, talk to your kids about the various ways that each of the items in your recycling bin can be reused. If you don't already recycle in your home, today is a great day to get started. Make a pledge to recycle at least one item (plastic bags from the store, paper, water bottles) for the next month.

Check out this handy recycling guide to find out which items are most likely to be accepted at your nearby recycling center or curbside pickup.

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It doesn't matter what the question is, reading with your kids is always the answer. It's a great way to share time as a family while instilling an overall love of books in your kids.

Celebrate Earth Day by flipping the pages of an eco-themed book. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is an excellent choice for kids of all ages.  So is Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree.

Here is a list of more great green reads that will be wonderful to share with your kids on Earth Day.

Earth Day is everyday!

The most important message to share with your kids on Earth Day is that our planet is one big amazing ecosystem in which every life form - humans included - depends upon one another to survive. And while it's wonderful to do special activities to celebrate the planet on April 22, the real message of Earth Day is that the planet is important every single day of the year. Make a plan to continue your family-friendly fun on Earth Day. And every day.