April 22 is Earth Day, and we’ve been busy planning all the earth-friendly ways we can to celebrate our pretty green planet. One of the main goals of Earth Day is to teach new, greener behaviors that will stick around all year — not just for one day in April. Those looking to get crafty can use recyclable materials to celebrate Earth Day and get the kids involved in learning about conservation efforts. Here are some of our favorite fun ways to celebrate Earth Day this year.
Paper Roll Crafts
Cardboard is a universal crafting constant, and you probably already have some in your home in the form of paper towel and bathroom tissue rolls. These tubes are sturdy enough to stand up to the most detailed crafts and versatile enough to give all ages something to create. Everything from a silly octopus to a fully functional race car can be made from these tubes, and it’s easy to find materials that can all be recycled. Visit our Pinterest page for more crafty ideas and Earth Day inspirations.
DIY Recycling Bins
If you’ve been meaning to start a recycling routine in your household, here’s the perfect opportunity! Using any kind or size box or receptacle, use water-based paint and recycled scraps of cloth, paper or metal to decorate bins for whatever you want to start recycling. If you buy household items in bulk, make sure you’re recycling all the packaging materials, like plastic wrappers and cardboard boxes. If you go through a lot of bottled water, create a bin specifically for water bottles and make sure it goes out with the rest of the recycling each week. Better yet, research your water purification options and invest in some high-quality reusable bottles for your family. SampleHouse has plenty of water bottles that are both cute and functional for everyday use.
Earth Day “Save Game”
They say that the best way to encourage a new behavior is to reward it. Try playing the Save Game with your little ones to get them interested in the environment and conservation. To play, each kid picks something they want to save on, like water or electricity. Each time they use an alternative source (shutting off the water while brushing their teeth, opening the blinds to use natural light, recycling a bottle) they get a star. Once they collect a certain number of stars, they get a prize — like a small toy or a special snack. Sidewalk chalk, a telescope or even a new bike are all great “old school” gifts that stand the test of time and get the kids outside.
Happy Earth Day!