7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth

Reblogged from: http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/04/7-child-and-eco-friendly-activities-to.html

Our generation is in danger, due to the many environmental problems we face today. Getting our children involved in Eco-friendly activities around the house can help ensure our environment is safe for another generation. Eco-friendly activities can also be quite fun, and provide your children with something to do!
1. Start a Compost Garden!

Trash accumulates very easily and can often account for one of the main ways our oceans and forests become polluted. Taking some of your biodegradable trash and starting a garden with it provides the environment with effective fertilizer, promoting future growth for plants! This can also teach your children how to care for plants, which can lead to bigger lessons about responsibility.

2. Recycle!

Our world comes with limited resources, and it is very important that we conserve them. Teaching your children to recycle their empty plastic bottles and used or unwanted paper can benefit the environment in a number of ways. Recycling your plastic bottles means they can be re-used, and they won’t pile up on beaches and landfills. Plastics cause a huge problem on beaches, as turtles often mistake plastic bags as jellyfish, and end up sick.

3. Teach your Kids

One of the best ways to get your children involved in Eco-friendly activities is by teaching them about it and spending time with them. It is a lot easier to learn about things such as this with a guide, and what better person to do it than their parent? This will also encourage children to share the green activity, and soon, many children will be sharing good environmental habits.

4. Turn off Lights

One of the best ways to conserve energy is to shut off lights that are not in use, one of the biggest energy-wasters in houses. Teaching your children this good habit when they are young will encourage them to continue it for a lifetime, saving both of you money.

5. CFLs

Energy-efficient light bulbs cost less over time, and they can help save large amounts of energy. It can also help save money on bills too! One of the main reasons electricity consumption is on the rise is due to the fact that homeowners have not switched to energy-efficient light bulbs. Teaching children to replace light bulbs can be a helpful way to get them involved in Eco-friendly activities AND learn how to handle a basic household chore!

6. Clean up Trash

Often, people are careless and will not bother to put their trash in the appropriate bins. This can cause much harm to the environment, because trash can be swept away by wind or the waves and be carried out into the environment, where it can cause a large amount of damage to wildlife and forests. Teaching your children to pick up trash when they see it can be an effective way to assist the environment, and get them involved in Eco-friendly activities.

7. Turn Off Faucets

Faucets and kitchen sinks are often left on longer than they need to be, and as a result, this wastes a large amount of water. Water is Earth’s most precious resource, and it helps sustain life as we know it. Helping to conserve water can ensure that there is enough water for both humans and wildlife to survive. It will also ensure that our planet is safe and cared for when further generations come!

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Allergen Free Non-Toxic Finger Paints

Did you know that conventional, store-bought finger-paints can contain toxic chemicals like toluene, ethylene glycol, petroleum-based waxes, polymers, and artificial colors that can be easily absorbed through your child’s skin? Even the brands labeled “non-toxic” can contain these dangerous ingredients! (How this is legal is anyone’s guess.) And if that weren’t enough, genetically engineered soy, corn and wheat byproducts are also common ingredients too, which can be an unexpected disaster for the allergic child.

 

You can use coconut flour for the paint, or almost any type of fine flour that isn’t too heavy. (coconut flour is pretty gloppy!) The paint colors are made with India Tree Natural Decorating Colors, which are made from vegetables, though you could easily make your own colors from turmeric, beet juice and more. You do need to use more natural coloring than you would with regular, chemical food dyes, and the colors are not exact when you mix them, but they are completely non-toxic and non-allergenic. I find their earthy pastel shades rustic and charming.

Here is a bit more information about what is in India Tree colors:

Blue: Deionized water, glycerin, red cabbage
Red: Beet juice, citric acid
Yellow: Deionized water, glycerin, curcumin

On to the fun of making the finger paint…

Allergen-Free Non-Toxic Fingerpaint

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of flour (Your choice; coconut flour gets pretty gloppy.)
  • 2 cups pure water
  • India Tree Natural Decorating Colors Set (or you could experiment with using beet juice, turmeric, red cabbage and other strongly colored foods)
  • Small sauce pan
  • Spatula
  • Cups to put paint in.
  • Scoop or ladle

Mix 1/2 cup flour with a bit of water to get out lumps.
Add the rest of the water.

 

 

 

 

Cook/stir over medium heat just until thick & shiny. It only takes a few minutes. See in the picture how the mixture is sticking to the sides of the pan? That’s what you want.
Stir in additional flour, if needed, until you reach the desired paint consistency.
While cooking flour/water, set up your cups and dyes.
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the paint and put it into each cup.

 

 

 

 

Grab your dyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now get creative! Put at least 6 drops of color into your paints to make sure they are vibrant and bright.

 

I used about 10-15 drops in my paints.

 

Now stir and see what you get.