Today is Earth Day, which coincides with for many families in Millburn and Short Hills.
For parents wanting to celebrate Earth Day in child-friendly ways, here are a few ideas to keep the kids busy while teaching them a thing or two about the planet.
1. Take a Bike Hike! Forget the car! You can run errands while having fun and getting exercise at the same time. Some possible destinations:
- The supermarket. Don’t forget to bring reusable bags.
- A drop box. Make a of something used that can be recycled, such as old cell phones, electronics or clothing.
- The Hardware store. Buy LED light bulbs to replace less energy-friendly bulbs in your house.
- The You can even read a book to celebrate Earth Day, like The Lorax by Dr. Suess for young children or Hoot/Flush/Scat by Carl Hiaasen for middle readers.
2. Fun, Kid-Friendly Home Projects. You can reduce your carbon footprint while inspiring thoughtful discussion at the same time. Some ideas:
- Set up a clothesline in your backyard. A quaint idea from yesteryear? Clotheslines save a lot of natural resources!
- Recycle unused objects into useful and/or . There are hundreds of websites with good kid-friendly projects you can do at home, such as http://www.kid-at-art.com/ and http://familycrafts.about.com/
- Take the kids outside and plant something, like vegetables for a summer garden.
- Paint an ecology-themed mural on an unused wall or even the driveway. A rainforest mural, a life-cycle mural or a space mural would be very cool.
- Visit the Liberty Science Center’s eco-conscious exhibits, like Our Hudson Home, Energy Quest and Wildlife Challenge.
3. A Day of Small Steps to Honor the Planet. Without even changing your daily routine, you can dedicate the day to making a difference in dozens of small, personal ways, such as:
- Take a shorter shower, turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth, and water your plants with standing rainwater or old water left in pet bowls. Every little bit helps, right?
- Use a laptop instead of a tabletop computer whenever possible. Laptops use 5 times less energy than regular computers.
- Pick up a few pieces of trash as you walk to work or around town.
- Swing by the dry cleaner and drop off that collection of wire hangers that’s been cluttering up your closet.
These are just a few ideas – there are many more out there too. So celebrate family and at the same time – in your own way.