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Earth Day Resources for Your Family

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Today is Earth Day!
images (1)CitizenKid a series of books inspiring kids become global citizens has added a new book to its collection Planet Ark: Preserving the Earth’s Biodiversity. 

earthEnvironmentally Themed Movies for Families

images (12)Visit Recycle City a computer game from the Environmental Protection Agency

images (2)Read OxFam’s Grow Method and booklet Fighting World Hunger at your Table

images (3)Consider bringing TerraCycle to your school or business

images (4)Use Preserve Products: Nothing Wasted, Everything Gained.

images (5)The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

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Visit my Creation Care Board over on Pinterest. I spent way too much time last week trying to gather the best of the best ideas.

Visit my friend Leslie’s DIY Pinterest board. Leslie is a talented crapter (she up-cycles regular stuff into fun crafts).

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Head over to the website The Story of Stuff Project. They have thought provoking videos about creating a sustainable world.

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Read the story of creation with your family.

Genesis Chapter 1: In the beginning… God created all we have. I think we have a responsibility to care for it!

Check out some the great earth day books for kids above: The Curious Garden, Compost Stew, Curious George Plants a Tree, Michael Recycle, The Magic School Bus Climate Challenge, Fancy Nancy Earth Day is Everyday, Biscuits Earth Day Celebration, Gabby and Grandma Go Green.  

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

What is your family really great at when caring for the earth? 

Give Back over the Spring Season!

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Spring is coming. (Not as fast as I hoped it would.) Dirty gray snow please melt away…

10 Easy Ways to Give Back over the Spring Season! 

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1. My Family’s Favorite Spring Treat: Bird’s Nests, make them together and double the batch to share. Here is the recipe:

  • One 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme  
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 can of chow mein noodles (3 cups)
  • 1 cup of chopped M&M’s Plain
  • Peanut M&M’s or other candy to fill the nest.

Combine the marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter. Mix well. Add noodles and plain M&M’s. Fill the nests!

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2. Spring Craft: Purchase some small, plain terra cotta flower pots. Get out paints and help your kids hand decorate the pots. Deliver them with a packet of seeds as gifts to others.

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3. Try Composting: Read this guest article by my sister-in-law Jen for ideas of how to get started.

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4. Family Recycling Activity:  Explore Recycle City with the whole family. Make a list of ideas you can implement into your home.

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Image courtesy of [Just2Happy], freedigitalphoto.net 

5. Plant: Take time to plant something new this spring a tree, bush, strawberry plant, seeds, a small flower.

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6. Garden Donations: If you garden and have excess consider donating some of your crops. Sometimes churches allow members to offer their excess to other members. When you visit the farmer’s market this summer, consider dropping a gift off to someone who might need a little extra.

IMG_22727. Family Time is Important: Get outdoors together as a family: take a bike ride, a hike, a nature scavenger hunt, play in the beach sand, visit a new playground. Whatever you choose, do it together!

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8. Did you know you could recycle this stuff? Spring clean with purpose. 

  • Paint. Habitat for Humanity Restores take latex paint to remix and resell. Find a location near you. 
  • Crayons. They can be recycled into new crayons. Learn more here.
  • Batteries. Visit Call2Recycle for a location near you.
  • Visit Earth911.com and type in any search for an object and see if there is a place to recycle near you.

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9. Family Raking: Head out on a Saturday morning and clean up your yard as a family. While you have your work clothes on, help a neighbor or someone who needs assistance do spring clean up.

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10. Deliver: Drop off a bouquet of spring flowers to a shut-in or someone who is ill. Set aside time to visit too.

How do you give back during the season of spring? 

Family Recycling

I love recycling.  I don’t know why.  It just is so simple.  Every time I put something in the yellow city recycle bags I feel like such a good person. I like to feel like a good person. Even when I’m struggling, I can always rinse out my yogurt cup and be like, hey, I’m making difference by throwing this in a yellow bag!

For the last ten years of my adulthood I have been throwing away prescription bottles. Why? I was scared someone standing in the recycle line might see what medicine I was taking. Or maybe robots did the recycling and they would transmit all the label information into the universe or something.  One day, I thought, maybe the label is not so hard to peel off. Guess what? It came right off! Hey, I’m throwing my prescription bottles in this yellow bag!

This is the best part about recycling. Hey, will you please clean up your floor full of  “tickets” for the stuffed animal show?  Hey, will you throw the one hundred pairs of socks under your bed down the laundry shoot? Hey, what about all the dried out carrots under the couch? The animal cracker trail to your bed?  The Legos all over my bed? How about you take this milk carton and put it in the recycling bag? Yes? Oh, I faint with joy. Kids love that yellow bag too. I’m telling you it’s a job they understand, take this finished object and put it in a bag to be re-purposed. Hey, I’m four and I’m making a difference!

I vow to keep finding new things to recycle and sharing them with you. There is no need to fear the recycling robots that sort our goods.

Seems families can feel really happy together when recycling visit here:  http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/explore/reduce/index.htm

This is the National Institute of the Environment Kids Page.

You can play a game called Recycle City together.

If you have an Adobe Shockwave player plug-in you can play a game called Dumptown! I don’t have that. I wish I did, because Dumptown is a really funny name for a game.

Hey, way to go recycling each day! You are a good person and a good family!