Earth Day

Earth Day

Today – Monday, April 22, 2019 is Earth Day. This event marks the 49th anniversary dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental protection. Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to help our children learn that small changes make a huge difference. 

The Growing Up Maury team has found some fun ways to help your family celebrate Earth Day. At the same time,our planet will benefit.

Up-cycle, reuse and re-cycle. Help your children see that items they are finished with can have new uses.

1. Cut the front panel of a cereal box or magazine into puzzle pieces.

2. Empty and wash a milk jug. Cut the bottom 1/3 off the jug. Holding the carton upside down by the handle, use the jug to catch small or medium size balls.

3. Collect crayon shavings and crayon ends. Place a small amount in half-dollar sized rounds on parchment paper and heat in the oven on 200 until completely melted.

4. Use food as a math game. Have children use beans or small pieces of candy to help them learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.

5. Use previously worn, tattered clothing to make fun bean bags for games. Sew three sides together, fill with rice or beans, and sew fourth side closed.

Do activities as a family teaching your children that everyone can do their part to protect our planet.

1. Go to a local park or school and clean up trash or debris. Make sure to wear thick gloves and refrain from picking up any “bio-materials.”

2. Turn off lights, screens, and appliances when not in use. Unplug anything that is not in use.

3. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth. The world does not have an endless supply of fresh water and every little bit helps.

What would you add to our list?

We would love to see pictures of your kids/family doing something to enjoy nature or celebrate Earth Day.

Kelly Bellamy

Kelly is one of the owners and founders of Growing Up Maury. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Middle Tennessee in 2006 with her husband. She is a mom to two beautiful kids through adoption. She is a seamstress and owner of Mama's Mess Boutique. She loves coffee a bit too much and loves authentic conversation.

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