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Celebrating Earth Day with Kids

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I’m a few days late to the Earth Day game, but I wanted to share how we celebrated this year and how we celebrate Earth each and every day.

I talked HERE about how some of my greatest passions are education and science, so Earth Day is one of my favorite days to lay the educational fun on Little Daisy!

Learning about Earth

Each night last week, we read a chapter from Usborne’s Why Should I Bother About The Planet? book.

We had so much fun reading through this book! Some of the topics we covered were green energy, water pollution, water shortages, wildlife in danger, air pollution and recycling. It was heartening to watch my three year old realize that there are places in the world where access to water is not as simple as turning on the faucet. I caught her sternly telling Mr. Daisy to turn off the sink while he was brushing his teeth 🙂 This book has 48 pages of beautifully illustrated artwork bursting with information.

Some of the interesting tips offered in the book:

  • Don’t buy foil or helium balloons. The foil is not biodegradable and helium is a valuable gas. Instead, buy latex balloons.
  • Don’t pick wildflowers. The entire plant may die, and the flowers can’t make seeds.
  • Buy dolphin-friendly tuna. That means the tuna is caught with nets meant to exclude dolphin by-catch.
  • Wash dishes and vegetables in a bowl for less water consumption.
  • Use rechargeable, alkaline manganese batteries. Other types of batteries can leak toxic heavy metals into the soil and landfills.

My favorite feature of this book is the even distribution of information to recommendations. There are several pages of tips, tricks, and ideas for children and families to utilize in order to reduce their energy consumption. Every little bit counts, right? Unfortunately, Usborne Books & More no longer lists this book on their official website. However, you can purchase it on Amazon or eBay!

Saving the bees

Another way we celebrated Earth Day was by planting some bee friendly flowers! We are bee lovers in this family, lovers of any pollinator actually. (Even though I’m highly allergic!) I routinely catch and release bees that fly in our home rather than swatting them with a rolled up newspaper! And although I’ll fiercely and unashamed-ly run from a yellow jacket, I understand they serve a purpose in our ecosystem and resist the urge to take a swing at them with a hard object.

Usborne’s Gardening for Beginners book is one that we have been using with Little Daisy for the past two summers. We’ve also gifted this to many, many friends! This book is full of delightful illustrations, information, and detailed and fun activities to do with your children. Or by yourself if you’re a kid at heart like me.

 

It has a durable cover, thick glossy pages, and my favorite feature…a ringed binding! I wish ALL books were like this. It would just be so convenient. Amirite?

Here is the page we worked off of for our bee-friendly project this year. We requested some seeds from Feed a Bee  when they were running a special. Little Daisy and I are very excited to see what sprouts in her little flower garden. Photos to come!

Here are some of the other projects outlined in this awesome book:

Hands-down, my favorite feature of these Usborne books is that they are Internet-linked. What this means is that each book has a set of unique quick-links online that will link you up to more information and activities for FREE!

How we practice green living

Of course, we try to practice a green-leaning life on the Daisy Homestead every day. Some ways we do this are:

  • composting our scraps of food, paper, and grass clippings
  • recycling our recyclables
  • catching the water the we run while warming bath water
  • watering plants with water that pasta or other food was boiled in
  • turning off the sink when brushing our teeth or washing our face
  • only washing clothes when there is a full load, same for the dishwasher
  • being mindful of the lights that are on in our home
  • reuse as much as possible…packaging, paper, envelopes, etc.
  • make an effort to purchase items made from recycled or sustainable sources
  • growing our own vegetables
  • we never litter. And if we see someone litter, we pick it up and maybe kindly tell them it’s not such a nice thing to do. It’s mean and lazy.

How did you celebrate Earth Day? What does your family do to benefit the environment?

Questions I Ask My 3 Year Old

There should be a spin-off from the “Kids Say the Darndest Things” TV show called, “The Crazy Things Toddler Parents Say.”

Current parents of toddlers, I raise my fist in tribute with my “I know how you feel” face. To my readers that have yet to become parents or have not hit the toddler stage yet, be warned. This is your future. It is a crazy, crazy ride.

Raising a toddler. Crazy things parents say.

The Crazy Things Parents Say

{I kept track of the crazy things I’ve asked my 3 year old in the last 3 weeks. Yes, I kept track.  And no, this vocabulary is no longer crazy. It’s normal, everyday speech in my house. Although at times I say these things and weep, I hope that you read it and laugh.}

Where are your pants?

Why are the pillows in the bathtub?

Why are my keys in the toilet?

Why are your socks wet?

Why is my phone in this fish tank?

Why did you just lick the dog?

Why is your mouth blue?

Why did you lick my face?

Why is there dog food in your bed?

Why are your shoes in the sink?

Why did you just smell my foot?

Why is the floor wet?

Why are your underwear on your head?

Why are you naked?

Why is your juice box in the toilet?

What is in your hair?

Why are you licking the window?

Why are you throwing a fit in the middle of the freezer aisle?

Why are your hands down your pants?

Where is your other shoe?

Did you just sniff my ear?

Why are you standing at my bed staring at me at 3 am?

Did you play with Legos on my bedroom floor in the middle of the night?

Why are your hands brown?

Why did you lick the bottom of your shoe?

Why did you stick your cheese stick up your nose?

Why is there honey in your hair?

Why did you eat your boogers?

Did you feed your boogers to the dog?

Why are your hands sticky?

Why do you fart so much?

Where are your Barbie’s arms?

Did you poop today?

Do you understand English today?

Why did you just lick your baby cousin?

Why is your baby doll in the refrigerator?

Why is my phone in the trash can?

Did you call grandma 32 times on my phone?

Why are there Legos in the cereal box?

Why are you watching me shower?

Why is the dog wearing a necklace?

Why are you wearing the dog’s collar?

Some of these questions will never have answers and I’m not sure I want to know the answer. Also, there’s a good chance that these questions may have had a swear word thrown in here or there. Life with toddlers and children in general is a stressful, wild, beautiful life. And even though the majority of my life as a parent is spent negotiating with a tiny human, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve said as a parent? Or what’s the craziest thing your parents have said to you?