This week, as promised, I am hoping to bring a variety of fun activities that you can do with the special children in your life. I know I have several that I would love to take on an awesome field trip and teach them about issues that I care about so that they can do their best every day to make choices that will help heal the world instead of harm it.
Beach Clean Ups
The first thing you can do is organize a beach clean up day with lots of fun snacks and chances to talk about why it’s important to keep our water sources clean and how many different animals we are helping by doing so.
Those cookies look a little advanced for me, but I think even a simple sugar cookie in the shape of a fishie or a whale would do the trick. If you click on the picture I posted you will go to a website where you can find the cookie cutters and the steps to take in order to get cookies that look like that.
Taking Advantage of Snack Time
You can use the kiddo’s snack time as a great opportunity to talk about each animal shape on their plate and what they all have in common – they all need to live in the water and nowhere else. And, you can even give then an example of what water pollution is like by taking a glass of water and putting one of your cookies in it. The cloudiness of the water can serve as an example of what it’s like when we put things in water that shouldn’t be there.
Next, you and your little one could take a special trip to a beach near you, or any body of water really, they’re all important, so that you can clean up litter before it gets into our water supply and the animal’s homes. Make sure to bring plastic bags, sunscreen, hats, gloves, and a sunny disposition with you!
If you click the picture above you will be taken to a website that can help you organize an even bigger beach cleanup!
The best part is, a day at the beach doesn’t have to be all work! Beaches are a great place to unwind and have some fun bonding time with the special little ones in your life. After all your hard work, why not reward yourselves with a little swim?
Making a Bird Bath
If you don’t have a beach or water source near you, don’t worry. There are still a lot of fun activities you and your mini-earth saviors can do. If you want to help the birds in your area have their own little beach, you can make your own birdbath. If you put fruits in the water, you will even be able to attract butterflies! They like overly ripe fruits like watermelon and oranges.
Watching animals in the water is a great way to garner deep appreciation for nature and how adorable nonhuman animals can be.
Sometimes during the summer, but especially in the winter time, it is difficult for birds to find enough water, especially if there are no lakes, ponds, or rivers near where you live. By giving them their own birdbath made with nothing but love, your yard will take on a nature-friendly tone and a great memory that will remind your kids of the lesson they learned the day they made the birdbath with you. Water is important!
What is Your Next Great Idea?
If you have any ideas of your own, I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment and get a discussion going on different ways we can teach kids about the importance of water and help them feel empowered to make a difference!