Earth Day is coming up and we have a few book suggestions and activity ideas! With so much discussion about climate change, weather patterns, pollution, and what we can do to protect our earth, now is a great time to commit to sharing a productive Earth day with our children! We are planning a big trash-pick up in a neighborhood near the river with friends of all ages. Then, we plan to celebrate with a plastic-free party, seed planting, and mural drawing. How will you celebrate?
Our favorite books for Earth Day:
- Help to Help the Earth, by the Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
- Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, by Mary Siddals
- Earth Day, Every Day, by Lisa Bullard
- I Can Save the Earth, by Alison Inches
- Why Should I Recycle, by Jen Green
- Try to get through the whole day without using any plastic.
- Plant a tree or two.
- Get outside and find a place to pick up trash.
- Hug a tree.
- Create an Earth Day mural with pictures of things you love about the Earth.
- Donate your used clothes and toys to someone who can use them.
- Make apple peanut butter balls for the birds (dip the peanut butter in birdseed!)
Are you going on vacation with kids this summer? Do you want to teach critical thinking skills while seeing the sights? You don’t have to take lots of workbooks and quiz questions with you on vacation. Teach your kids to look, listen, feel, and think while traveling. Think about how what you see dictated how people lived in the past and how people live today. Looking at the environment, you can quickly figure out that people in the desert didn’t live in wooden houses and people in Massachusetts didn’t live in adobe homes. People in the middle of the country didn’t eat fish while people in the desert didn’t grow rice. Talk about environment and how it affects the past and present and talk about how it will affect our future.
Here are five questions to get you started. Use them with every new site you visit.
- How did the environment (climate, land formations, available materials) influence the types of houses that people here had or have?
- How did the environment impact what people ate in the past? Present?
- How did the environment impact the clothes people wore?
- What would people who lived here a long time ago probably eat? Why? How is that different from today? Why?
- Why would people have chosen to live here in the past? Today? What are the positives and negatives?