Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Happy Earth Day everyone! This day is twice as fun for me since our family loves trying to be "green" (hence the eco-friendly store owning thing) and because it's on my birthday, so it's a very festive day all around. As a result, this week's homeschool plans have been pretty fun.
The history of how Earth Day began is pretty interesting, so I have some books on that, ideas for eco-kid's crafts & stuff kids can do to be green. I got the My Bag & Me board book last year and it is ideal for getting kids into saving the planet at a young age. It even comes with a cute little bag they can use. Unfortunately my kids always pick items that are way too large for said bag, so....
Using stuff from my stash & scrap bin, I had the guys pick out doodads to help make their very own reusable shopping bags. Twill fabric is nice and strong & cut up bits of scraps and some patches add the eco-flair. They already tell the checkout person we brought bags when we're shopping, but now they can tote these around themselves (and maybe get trained to carry stuff to & from the car for Mom.....).
We planted organic seeds for our herb & veggie garden in the backyard and started getting our scraps out to the compost bin.
I also grabbed these fun activities for the kids to do. There are a lot of great Earth Day activities at Enchanted Learning. This site makes it so easy to throw together a theme filled week in minutes, it's one of my favorites for our school materials. The cute activity book is a free download from the EPA that you can find here. The Green Living section in the left column of my blog has loads of links to good, green stuff. Have a great day celebrating the planet!