The month of April is a great season for diving into or reconnecting with earth-friendly activities with little ones. These quick ideas are written to launch your own ideas and exploration of your own family or classroom connection to this beautiful blue marble we call home. There is no right or wrong way to do any of them and you can do one or all of them this spring and beyond. As a busy mom of four all of these ebb and flow in our own lives and are of course low-prep and low-cost ways to deepen that connection to your place in the world and taking care of it!

1. Nature Walks & Scavenger Hunts

Encourage your little ones to explore the wonders of nature by going on regular walks in nearby parks or nature reserves. As the weather warms up jumpstart your habit of spending more time outside with simple, fun and free walks in nature. Tap into your little ones senses and ask them what they hear, see, smell, and touch. Taste can sit this one out unless you have brought a snack! Level it up and create simple scavenger hunt lists, looking for items like leaves, flowers, or certain types of rocks. Not only does this foster a love for the outdoors, but it also teaches children about the importance of preserving and appreciating our natural environment. This doesn’t have to be complicated or Pinterest worthy, check out our FREE and super simple Scavenger Hunt Downloads!

If you are lucky enough to live or vacation near a National Park or National Forest, check out the Junior Ranger Program!

2. DIY Eco-Friendly Crafts

Get creative with crafting by using recyclable materials like cardboard, paper tubes, or old magazines. Help your children make art projects such as homemade greeting cards, paper mache sculptures, or even bird feeders using recycled materials. Not only does this promote eco-consciousness, but it also sparks imagination and resourcefulness in children. If you haven’t saved up materials and want to launch a craft idea, check in with neighbors, friends or grandma who I am sure will make quick work of bestowing materials for your use.

Garther fallen leaves, sticks, and flowers to make a nature collage. Sort your materials and then create new art from your found nature materials. (Never take living plants from their habitat outside of your own property– its just not cool).

3. Vegetable Gardening

Start a small vegetable garden in your backyard or even in pots on a balcony or windowsill. Involve your children in every step of the process, from planting seeds to watering and harvesting. This hands-on experience teaches them about the importance of sustainable food practices, the cycle of growth, and the value of fresh, homegrown produce. And a wonderful bonus is getting to taste and enjoy the fruits of their labor!

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Integrate the three R’s into your daily routine as a family. Teach children the importance of reducing waste by using reusable water bottles, lunch containers, and shopping bags. Get them involved in sorting recyclables and compostables, explaining how each item can be repurposed or recycled to minimize environmental impact. Mend old clothes, tie dye stained shirts, and turn knee shredded pants into new shorts.

Parenting hack– only keep two reusable bottles in your daily life. This way if, or rather when, a bottle goes missing you are going to notice and track it down much faster than if they have a entire cupboard of cups.

5. Story Time with an Eco-Friendly Twist

Incorporate eco-conscious themes into your reading time with children. Choose books that emphasize environmental stewardship, conservation, and the wonders of the natural world. After reading, engage in discussions about the stories and encourage children to brainstorm ways they can help protect the environment in their own lives. This not only promotes literacy but also instills a sense of responsibility towards the planet from a young age.

Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Watercress by Andrea Wang
Dear Earth… From Your Friends in Room 5 by Erin Dealey

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