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I beleive it is the the next generation that will make a huge positive impact on our planet. Children are being taught at home and in school from an early age how they can treat the planet with respect and kindness. I personally started teaching my son at the age of 2 and now at the age of 4 he can tell you 10 ways to help protect our earth and practices them in his daily life.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get the next generation involved with their Top 12 Ways to save the planet every day. The children of the world can teach us wonderful things if we take the time to listen.
Top 12 Way To Help the Planet by the elementary children of Eagle Habour Montessori School.
- Re-use materials as much as possible.
- Don’t waste food. Don’t buy so many groceries.
- Stop littering to protect the environment- oceans, plants, animals.
- Stop polluting.
- Conserve water-turn taps off/use less water/don’t have so many baths.
- Save electricity- turn off tvs/computers/lights
- Take care of plants and animals-limit trees chopped down and use both sides of the paper!
- Don’t need so many toys! Make our own toys.
- Don’t make so many plastic bag factories. If you drop plastic bags in the ocean, turtles might think they’re jellyfish and eat them.
- Use cars less. Walk instead of driving.
- Re-use ziplock bags.
- Don’t make so many factories.
Earth Day is just one day away, April 22. 2011.
Earth Day has a simple mission “To improve the state of the environment by empowering and helping Canadians to take positive environmental action.“
Can you really teach a 3 year old about Earth Day? Can you teach your 3 year old how to help and support the planet every day?
You can. My Top 10 list incudes direct actions I have completed with my son to GIVE back to our planet. At 3 he has not only done all of our top 10 ideas but does many of them automatically without being prompted.
If we teach our children they will be the champions of our planet’s future. Can we afford not to get involved? Can we afford not to teach our children every day?
Day 204: Give 204
The 365give Top 10 Ways to Teach a 3 Year Old About Earth Day
1) Recycle: A 3 year can learn the difference between plastic, glass, cans, paper & newspaper. Create special labels with pictures you design together (on a recycled piece of paper) for each recycling box that your city picks up weekly and educate them on the process of recycling at home.
2) Compost: Children love to cook and learn in the kitchen. Create a compost bin in your kitchen (we have a counter top version) and as you cook, talk about what can go in the compost, why and how it can help not only your garden but the planet.
3) Garbage Pick: Make a game of garbage picking. Go to your local park, beach or while walking around your neighbourhood. Practice counting to ten with every piece you pick up. Use is to teach the alphabet. G for Garbage / B for Bag / C for Can
4) Stop & Smell the Roses: An appreciation for plant life builds an appreciation for the planet. Stop and smell the flowers or sit and watch the grass grow! It’s an amazing thing to realize they are all living things.
5) Grow a Home Garden: Taking the time to plant your very own vegetables and fruits from seed. It teaches children about the earth, how plants grow, how we need to care for them and how the sun and rain help bring plants to life. The best lesson… patience!
5) Shop at Second Hand Stores: Kids want stuff! It’s the reality of having a child. Rather than adding more new plastic to the world and stuff our kids collect, make them proud to shop second hand. A great lesson on reusing and giving. When they are done with the items they no longer want give them back to your favourite not-for-profit Thrift Store. Imagine the money you will save that you could donate back to your favourite charity.
6) Water Conservation: What kid doesn’t like playing in water. Half fill the sink and let them play but don’t let them run the water for a half hour while you make dinner. Talk about the importance of water conservation and how precious water it is to our planet and our bodies.
7) Participate in Local Earth Day Events.: Every child loves a party. Take them to your local Earth Day community celebration. It will get lodged in their memory as a party to celebrate every year. The ultimate birthday party for the planet!
8) Road Trip to a Landfill: There is no better way to see how we directly affect the planet with our garbage then going to a landfill. Let your kids see what happens to all the “stuff” we throw away. It will be an image that will stay with them for a lifetime every time they open the garbage can.
9) Get Outside!: Go hiking, go to the beach, swim in the ocean, walk in a park. The more your kids learn to appreciate how beautiful our natural world is the more they will want to help preserve it. The exercise is great for the hole family and soaking in the beauty all around us will foster a love for the planet.
10) My Bag and Me!: This book was my son’s favourite at 2 years old. It is a story of a little boy that goes grocery shopping with his Mom and why they need to bring their own bags. How it helps the planet. It even comes with it’s own bag! My son at 3 now reminds me every time to bring our bags shopping. You may even find the book at your local library to keep it really eco-friendly!
If you want to find eco “games” to keep your children engaged online check out The Earth Day sight (EcoKids) to get the entire family involved in Earth Day every day.
Time Commitment: A life time of teaching
This is one of the best gives I have received in my inbox. We can all do this and give 10,000 trees in honour of Earth Day! One click – one tree. Just do it!
Day 192: Give 192
Host Papa happens to be my web provider and I just got a great email from them. They are doing a fabulous promotion right now in support of Earth Day coming up on April 22, 2011. With one click or like on facebook and you have donated a tree. Yeh! Easy and boy did it feel good to know I had already done something to save the plant. To top it off Host Papa, if you didn`t know, is a green web hosting site. It was just one of the reasons I chose to go with them when setting up 365give. Host Papa has partnered with Love Trees to get trees to areas of our world that need them most. Here is what Love Trees is trying to accomplish:
LOVE GROWS: Love Trees manages a global children’s educational tree planting program and is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign. This year, the UN has launched the International Year of Forests and every Love Tree planted helps the UNEP reach a target goal of planting 12 billion trees worldwide.
One Click – One Tree. Click away and spread the news!
Time Commitment: 1 minute