Celebrating Earth Day with Your Children

Watch Miss. Tracy on The Rhode Show.

Earth day is celebrated each year on April 22. Events are held worldwide in 192 countries. The first Earth day was celebrated in 1970. Today many people get involved to help support and improve our environment. There are ways that you can help your children to get involved.

  • Ways you can help your child help the earth at home
  • Ways you can get your classroom involved

There are many activities you can do right in your back yard that teach your child about earth day;

  • You can plant a tree to celebrate earth day or in memory of someone.
  • Help your child to start a garden of vegetables and flowers that is just theirs and how to take care of it. You can teach your child that the plants help by providing a place for bees to pollenate. Also healthy food for you.
  • Show your children how to compost. Using things around the house such as lint from the dryer, toilet paper rolls, coffee grounds, egg shells and more.
  • Recycle and reuse.   One person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have a site where you post things you do not want for free. You post at Freecycle.org. You can have your children go through toys and other items they don’t want and post here. You might find something you want also. Teach your child to recycle instead of adding to the tons of garbage we already have.

Earth day activates you can do with students to get them involved in the community.

  • Have a litter less lunch, see which room makes the least garbage at lunch time.
  • Introduce composting to your classroom. Show children what scraps to save from lunch that can go into the compost bin.
  • Start a garden with flowers and vegetables. Use the compost to fertilize
  • Host a community clean up or take a fieldtrip to help remove garbage in parks and shorelines.
  • Make natural air fresheners. Plant flowers, have the children, decorate cups and place around the room. When they bloom it smells so good.
  • Paint a huge earth, have children paint and cut out hand prints. Place on a box and use the box for recycle paper.

This year take some time to share with children about earth day. Whether it is in your classroom or in your home with your own children. The importance of sharing this message is so important to help keep our earth healthy and clean.

The Children’s Workshop is sponsoring an Earth Day Celebration at Roger Williams Park Zoo, a great place to learn together as a family.

Resources: Scholastic, Plant Aid

 

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI.   Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees.  Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.