Protecting your planet is all about increasing environmental awareness, and there is always strength in numbers. Consider getting your class, church youth group or even your entire school to help make an environmental statement this year.
Planting trees and drawing on posters is good, but what if you grabbed your crew and ventured to do some out-of-the-ordinary environmental activities? Helping children understand the importance of taking care of the environment is a great way to teach them character traits like kindness and gratitude.
Take a Nature WalkTake your kids for a walk on the wild side with a guided nature tour. Identify inhabitants of the wild and discuss what would happen if their natural habitats were destroyed. After the activity, allow your group to brainstorm ideas for how humans can protect the land and animals around us.
Plant a Community GardenGet together with some friends and neighbors to plant a community garden. Each home can plant herbs, fruit or vegetables to share with the rest of the group. Or, ask your city to donate land for everyone to help out with. Planting your own food will not only save money and time at the grocery store, but the air will be cleaner. Also, locally grown food is healthier because it is grown with fewer chemicals.
Create an Outdoor ClassroomHelp your students appreciate nature and its beauty by building an outdoor classroom. With just some wood and nails you can create an amazing outdoor space that's perfect for observing nature, writing or lectures. Equip your space with benches or chairs made from tree stumps.
Upcycled Folk Art CompetitionLet their creative energy soar with an art competition. Challenge individuals or teams to create amazing works of art from their would-be trash. Have an evening showcase at your school and invite parents, community officials and other neighbors to see how these brainiacs can turn trash to treasure. Partner with a local museum to exhibit or even host an auction for the items.
Organize a Green Fashion Show
Let your little ones strut their green stuff in a fashion show. Acceptable fashions may be made from sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo. Even plants can be used to make clothing items. Let them top off their attire with recycled or upcycled accessories like bottlecap earrings or seashell necklaces.
Also, check out these other environmental activities and events.
Alabama Child Development Examiner Connie Rudolph is a freelance writer with a professional background in counseling, psychology, and education.
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