“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
~ Native American Proverb
It takes so little for us to make a huge impact on our planet, for our present and most importantly for our future.
Every evening during good weather after dinner, my family and I like to take a walk around our neighborhood and often stop off at the local park for the kids to enjoy. Most often during these walks, my husband and I would pick up the litter we see and especially the ones polluting our children’s parks. It sometimes boggles my mind how dirty they are! Empty bottles and cans, old magazines and newspapers, fast food wrappers… considering there is a trash can around, you would think they would utilize it. What I would love to see more of are more recycling bins next to garbage cans in our local parks, schools, and walkways.
My daughter who is 5 1/2, usually is quiet and unperturbed when we pick items up and dispose of them has now started doing it on her own. She’d see something on the floor and let me know before picking it up. Of course we made sure she lets us know before she touches anything for fear of dangerous items, sharp items or just plain nastiness.
This weekend during Easter, we had our annual Easter Egg Hunt and this year we had it in the grandparents’ large backyard that is adjacent to a large open ravine so sometimes the inevitable trash gets blown onto their space.
While in her naturally competitive state running around excitedly searching for Eggs all over the backyard, we were surprised to see her stop when seeing some trash and yelling out to her grandparents “You should really throw your trash in the garbage, not on your grass! It’s hurting it!” pointing at some fast food waste that was blown onto their grass.
Her Grandfather picked up whatever he saw and quickly disposed of it.
You see, it is the little habits and examples you do in your every day that make the world of a difference, especially in molding green-loving children.
Now if only everyone taught and was taught this early on… perhaps we’d be seeing less waste on our earth and more green.
Earth Day is April 22nd and this is the perfect opportunity to teach your children about the importance of taking care of the planet we live in and all the beauty in the Green.
One activity I came across on PrudentBaby.com is the Rainbow Scavenger Hunt.
Use your empty recycled egg carton/s and go on a nature hunt to see if you can find the colors of the rainbow out in nature. Super cute idea!
Gardening with your kids is always a great way to teach your children about the earth. Love all these ideas and tips from Canadian Gardening for How to Garden with Kids.
Now one of the things that we love to also do together as a family is curl up on the couch with some popcorn and tune into a great show on Netflix. Because of their huge variety of shows, documentaries and films they offer, they surely have tons to tune into for Earth Month which is great!
My very inquisitive daughter has been thoroughly enjoying our Earth Month shows and I have to admit, I have learned something new myself!
Here are few titles you can watch with the entire family:
- The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
- Moving Art: Oceans
- A Sea Change
- Chasing Ice
- Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
- Addicted to Plastic
- David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials
- The Hole Story
Now for the little ones, here are some fantastic selections to start with:
- Curious George: Mulch Ado About Nothing / Gets a Trophy
- Go Diego Go: Rescue of Red-Eyed Tree Frogs
- Bubble Guppies: Boy Meets Squirrel
- Dinosaur Train: Stargazing on the Night Train / Get Into Nature
- Sesame Street: The Camouflage Challenge
- Wild Animal Baby Explorers: Beaks and Bills / The Mighty Oak Tree
What are ways you help teach your little ones about our planet Earth?
Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team and received perks as part of my affiliation; however as always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.