Help the Environment
By Babysits, 4 min read
Earth Day used to be the day to care about our planet and be extra kind to the environment. With science and data proving how our behaviors can have an extremely detrimental effect, Earth Day is now a daily practice in mindfulness.
Not only adults, but children are now having a huge impact on awareness and living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Close to half a million youth around the world have taken action on climate change through small grants programmes, and projects in their homes, schools and communities, stated by the United Nations Development Programme. With so many opportunities to make an impact, some might still be asking what they can do to become more ecological in their everyday lives. Better yet, how can you make it a fun experience for your own children? Babysits has created a list of simple but fun ideas to get your children excited about helping the planet stay green!
Ride your bike to school or work 🚵
Not only does a bike not release carbon emissions, it is good for cardiovascular health. Children often choose to stay inside to play on their electronics but exercise still needs to be a daily priority.
Plant your own fruits and vegetables 🍋🥑
Growing your own food can teach children about the lifecycle and how to care for a living organism. By way of teaching them to grow something from a seed it can also help children develop a relationship with the plant and learn responsibility for other living things.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth🦷
You can save close to 3,000 gallons of water a year with this one tiny change!
Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room💡
Turning your lights off can help save energy and money. You can make it a game, every time your child finds a light on in an empty room, you put a nickle in a jar!
Pick up trash when you see it🗑️
Go on a trash walk and ask your child to be Captain Clean and for every piece of trash gathered, they will receive a sticker for their cape.
Make crafts/toys with leftover items ✂️
Ask kids to put on their creative caps! What can they create with leftover items? Check our DIY posts for ideas.
Have a vegetarian day 🥦
According to the Earth Day Network, If the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. Educate yourself and your children on the effects of eating meat. Have your children create new names for vegetarian foods and create a kitchen “menu”.
Plant your own tree 🌲
This is the perfect chance to explain why trees are important to us as humans and how to cultivate your childs green-thumb.
You can create a mask or cape that your child can wear while recycling and you can create a superhero name - RecycleGirl!
Don’t use plastic bags 🛍️
Teaching children to use reusable bags at a young age is the first step to their eco-friendly mindfulness. You can get one that has a photo or a favorite phrase so your child wants to bring it everywhere, then you won't have to remember!
Let’s face it: kids replicate the things we do. Teaching children about our planet and the environment is a meaningful way to get them to respect nature. Being mindful of our carbon footprint is vital to our ecosystem, and the sooner they learn how to use less, the better. Even if you don’t have a lot of environmentally friendly experience, you can still teach your child the basics while you learn right alongside them.