Bitsy’s Brainfood co-founder, Maggie Patton encourages families to involve kids in Earth Day, to teach them that they can make a difference.
“When it comes to my own family and taking action on Earth Day, we like to think globally, and act locally. There are so many simple ways to get the whole family involved in celebrating Earth Day,” Patton says. Below, she provides 19 kid-friendly Earth Day activities that can extend into loving the environment every day.
EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES
1.Compost your fruit and veggie scraps and watch your garden bloom!
2.Buy, fill and refill reusable water bottles — help keep millions of single-use plastic bottles out of landfill.
3.Save a tree! Use both sides of your notebook paper.
4.Visit a zoo or farm and learn how to care for animals. It’ll promote local food, too.
5.Go for a family walk or bike ride and help keep the Earth cool.
6.Get everyone a pair of work gloves and pick up trash in your neighborhood or town.
7.Buy or make your own green cleaning products and spring clean your home.
8.Grow a community garden and nourish your neighborhood green spaces.
9.Plant more trees in your town — they’ll help clean the air.
10.Help remove stuck plastic bags out of trees. And switch to reusable bags instead … for everything!
11.Make an appointment with your town leaders to add more neighborhood trash cans and recycling bins — or start a recycling program.
12.Collect glass food jars to paint and turn into candle holders (and use soy-based candles!).
13.Love surprises? Plant bulbs and flower seeds and keep a weather eye for spring blossoms!
14.“Turn off the lights!” Make switch plate reminders for your whole house.
15.Show your kids the beauty of the beach. Collect shells and rocks for art projects.
16.Make extra food for dinner then ditch BPA-lined plastic and get glass storage containers instead for leftovers.
17.Transform colorful magazine pages, comics and more into artful projects and gift wrappers.
18.Learn how to donate/recycle old computer equipment and post instructions (with permission, of course) at your local library, cafes, electronics stores and more.
19.Breathe in nature: Turn off the a/c and open a window to the world.
Bonus activity: Just get outside and play!
The Story of Solutions
The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.
In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.
But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better — better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?
Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
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This sturdy, colored glass wasp trap will take a bite out of your yellowjacket or wasp problem. Simply add the included lure, a bit of water, and replace the stopper on the trap. Hang or place in an area with high wasp concentrations. Wasps fly up through the bottom hole, become trapped, and drown in the water. After two weeks replace the lure, or just add sweet liquid (lemonade works fine).
To clean: remove the stopper, empty, and rinse. Easy as can be!
Can be hung, or set on a flat surface. Wasps can fly up into the bottom even when it is sitting on the ground.
Measures 5″ in diameter x 8″ high.
Lure made in USA, trap made in China.
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Who knew that you had an entire laboratory living right outside your door? The Backyard Science Discovery Box makes the most of the amazing specimens that we might overlook on a day-to-day basis. Your green kid will use them to decorate a Fabric Collecting Bag, create a Leaf Pendant, make a nature Sun Print and design a specimen Shadow Box.
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Fun and enriching for kids ages 3-8
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Storage Bean Bag Chair
Storage Beanbag: A dual-purpose beanbag and storage system
These days it is hard to find a product that delivers a real new solution in the furniture industry. The patent pending Storage Beanbag by mimish is one of those rare new products that deserve the term innovation. It simultaneously serves as a beanbag and a storage system.
Andrea, a NYC mother of two with kids, needed a solution to de-clutter her own home, and came up with the genius idea of the Storage Beanbag with beans on the top and storage on the bottom. The storage compartment can be used for seasonal clothes, bedding, towels, stuffed animals, costumes, and much more. All unsightly clutter is hidden while you sit on it, use it as an ottoman, or watch the kids play with it. It is perfect for urban spaces, play rooms, bedrooms and dorm rooms where you always seem to lack both storage and seating solutions.
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