In honor of Earth Day we’ve gone “green” with many of our weekly features and collected oodles of Earth Day information plus links to resources on recycling, living green, organic food and kids craft projects.
Earth Day Origins
In 1962 an environmentalist by the name of Gaylord Nelson headed to Washington D.C., seeking the help of President John F. Kennedy to take a stand on environmental issues. His visit resulted in an eleven state conservation tour by the President in 1963 but it wasn’t until 1970 that the first “Earth Day” demonstration was held. To read more about Gaylord Nelson and the history of Earth Day visit, Wikipedia.org.
Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE!
Want to recycle, but don’t know where to start? Already a recycling pro? These links include everything you need to know and a few things that may surprise you.
- ReduceRubbish.govt.nz (Great tips from New Zealand!)
- Green Dimes (stop junk mail!)
- Green Bags
It can feel like grocery shopping requires an advance Chemistry degree and while going organic can certainly cut down on the pesticides, preservatives and junk in food, you have to be a careful consumer when it comes to product labels. Think “whole wheat” and “whole grain” are the same? Not so. Here are our favorite links on going organic:
- Don’t want to go broke while going organic? This site helps you choose the most important organic foods.
- Can’t get your kids to eat Quinoa? Here are the 17 most important foods to eat organic.
Green Spring Cleaning
Are the dreaded words "spring cleaning" on your to do list? This site has great tips for tackling your bathroom and kitchen (which typically can be the dirtiest) without having to use toxic chemicals to get them clean. This article from the Orange County Register features tips from Waste Management on how to be environmentally friendly with your spring cleaning (they would know). Not only are ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and bleach less expensive then those iridescent cleaners on store shelves, they are also cheaper.
Resources on Green Living
There is a lot of information available online regarding green living, check out a trusted source, National Geographic and sign up for their “Green Guide To Go” newsletter. The “Green Guide” section of their website includes sections devoted to; Green Home, Buying Guides, Fresh Finds, Tips, Quizzes and Shoppers Cards.
Teach Your Kids about Earth Day with a Craft Project
Need a craft project for your preschool, kindergarten or elementary school children? These crafts use materials found around the house-- like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc.
Visit EnchantedLearning.com to learn how to make:
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- Whale Crafts
- Litter Bugs
- Paper Evergreen Trees
- Homemade Rainsticks
- Magnificent Masks
- Ocean Dioramas
Visit Crafts.Kaboose.com to learn how to make:
- Egg Carton Bug Mobile
- Tin Can Herb Pots
- Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop
Visit AmazingMoms.com for great activities and craft for you and your kids. Here are a few examples of what you can learn to make! Also, look for their GREAT “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle ideas for Kids”.
- Trash to treasure crafts: repurpose packing peanuts, milk cartons, film canisters, and more crafts. Easy Help for our
- "Feathered Friends: Lend a helping hand to the birds in your area by supplying them with simple nesting materials.
Visit MakingFriends.com for:
- “Thinking Green” Earth Day Hat
- Wooden Earth Day Magnet
- Melted Crayon Earth Sun Catcher
- Coffee Filter Earth Sun Catcher
- Baby Food Jar Animals
Visit MailJust4Me.com to:
- Make a Plant Person!
- Make Recycled Crayons
- Make a Juice Box Boat
- Create a Recycled Box Village
- Grow an Orange Tree!
- Invent an Insect
- Make a Lunch Bag Kite
- Create a Butterfly Garden
- Make a Talking Earth Puppet
Visit Funschool.Kaboose.com for:
- Free Online Games
- Craft Ideas
- Coloring Pages
- Online Quiz