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"The archway leading to the herb garden..."
April is Earth Month, but I'll be the first to admit that I only started paying closer attention to that this year. While the idea of living greener is really important to me, when it comes to finding constructive "green" things to do with the kids, I'm at a loss. I have a feeling other moms know what I mean. Sure, I remind my kids to turn the water off, not to litter, to conserve energy and the like--but isn't there a more fun way than nagging to put them on a greener path?
Yes! (Thanks, greenliving.suite101.com!)
- A Walk in the Woods, created by the University of Illinois Extension Service, aims to help 3rd through 5th graders students gain an appreciation of nature.
- Adventures with Bobbie Bigfoot provides an interactive quiz to help kids understand how food choices, transportation choices and more affect a person's ecological footprint.
- AIRNow for Kids is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index pages. It features two sections to help kindergartners and first-graders, as well as 7 to 10-year-olds, learn more about pollution and their local air quality.
- Be Different, Live Different, Buy Different, Make a Difference is a youth-targeted site created by the World Wildlife Fund and the Center for a New American Dream. Its aim is to “to help young people learn how they can make a difference by buying differently.”
- Biodiversity: Everything Counts!, part of the American Museum of Natural History's Website, offers a guide to close-to-home biodiversity, even for kids who live in cities.
- EcoKids is Earth Day Canada's environmental Website for kids. It features online games, links for homework help and contests, as well as printable resources for parents and teachers.
No more excuses!!! Get those kids thinking about the environment and their future world.
Are your kids becoming greener?