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Did you know that in the USA, Earth Day has been observed since 1970? Whether you approve of the day or not and all that goes along with it, one thing we can all agree on is that the earth is a wonderful place and we should try to take care of it as we enjoy it.
I decided that in honor of the day, I would share some of our past posts with you that encourage mindful use of the beauty around us as well as ways to teach our children to learn from the world around them and respect it, all while having a wonderful time!
* The photo above is of Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite National Parks. You can read more about our Favorite National Parks in this post! Visiting one would be a great way to celebrate the Earth! Actually, Earth Day weekend is one of the free weekends to visit the National Parks of America. You can find a list of all of the free days in that post.
*One of the great places to find great geologic sites to enjoy is Utah. We wrote an entire post about it here.
*Gardening is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! I have really been getting into my garden this year. Even living in the city, it is possible to have a successful garden. I wrote about that here.
If you want ideas about what to put in your garden, we shared our favorite things to harvest here.
This year, I am going to add beets to that list! They are so easy to grow! Look at this recent post!
*It is so important to teach kids about the outdoors and to encourage them to get off of their electronic devices and to get outside! Here is a list of books that we compiled to do just that!
*I like to find ways to keep learning happening, even when we are out enjoying nature! You can get some ideas from this post.
*If you can't go anywhere, you can always just go camping in your backyard! Kids love that and there is nature to see everywhere. Look at these eggs in a nest built right above my son's front door! They have been able to watch the entire process of the nest build because the nest is situated in front of one of their security cameras. That is how they got this awesome picture of the eggs.
*We've also included some crafts for projects to use around the house that are small "green" ways that we can all use to care for the earth, as well as save money.
I realize that since today is actually Earth Day, you may need to do some of these things on a different day. But that's okay, because we should love Earth all year round!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!