We've gathered up some great Earth Day activities you can do with your kids, to get the conversation started on the little things we can do that have a big impact on our planet:
Green Cleaners (from Spoonful)
Unlike harsh chemical products, these homemade cleaners are easy on little hands and lungs, household surfaces, and the environment. The scrub works great on sinks and pans (just dampen the surfaces first); the squirt cleaner, on counters and tile.
What you'll need
- Baking soda
- Lavender or eucalyptus essential oil
- Recycled container with twist-on cap
- Recycled dish detergent bottle
How to make it
- For the scrub: Stir 6 to 7 drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil into 3/4 cup of baking soda. Transfer the mixture to a recycled container with a twist-on cap (for easy dispensing, use a nail to poke a few holes in the cap beforehand).
- For the squirt cleaner: Dissolve 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 2 cups of water, then stir in 4 drops of essential oil. Pour the mixture into a recycled dish detergent bottle. To use it, shake the bottle and then squirt small amounts on a dampened sponge.
What you need:
How to make it:
Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone. Cover the pine cone with the mixture below. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.
Food mixture: Mix 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet), and/or suet, which are high-energy bird foods.