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Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Nowadays there is a tremendous focus on protecting the environment. It's a good idea to start talking about this subject with your children at an early age. The more they learn about protecting the environment, and the more they see you doing it, the more likely they are to embrace it and remember its importance for a very long time.

The celebration of EARTH DAY on Sunday April 22 is the perfect day to start learning about how to keep our planet safe. Here's an activity sheet that will help you teach your child about the importance of protecting our environment. I've used the letters in the words OUR EARTH to help you with topics for discussion. 

Oceans: Talk about protecting our water and the plants and animals that call our oceans and rivers their home.

Uncool: Littering and polluting is uncool. Would they want someone throwing garbage in their home? The earth is home to all of let's all work on keeping it clean.

Reuse: Now, more than ever, recycling and reusing is important to all of us. Talk about some ways that your child can reuse old items instead of throwing them away. Things like glass jars, milk containers, egg cartons, old clothes, and plastic bags can be reused for everything from storing crayons to wrapping up dirty diapers. Show your child that ordinary household items can be used in different ways after they are no longer being used for their original purpose.

Energy:  This will give you the opportunity to talk about different ways we can produce energy to light and heat our homes or run our cars.

Air quality: Ask your child about what things can pollute the air that we breathe. 

Recycle: Things that we can't reuse can sometimes be recycled. Encourage your child to take an active part in your family's recycling efforts. Put a list on the refrigerator as a reminder of what not to throw away.

Trees: Teach you child that trees produce oxygen, and oxygen is what people and animals need to breathe. Discuss the different uses of the wood that comes from trees and why it's important to plant new ones when we cut them down. Use the graphic to talk about how "acid rain" kills trees. (You can tie this in to air pollution.)

Healthy:  The earth belongs to us all so let's all work together to keep it healthy by doing what we can to protect our water, land and air. 

To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

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