Celebrate Earth Day by Teaching Your Kids Where Food Comes From
The significance of Earth Day resonates as being special to me. It takes me back to when I was a child sitting in my second grade classroom, while my favorite teacher explained to us the meaning of Earth Day, the importance of the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and the producing of organic foods and veggies by farmers and growers. I remember always being anxious and excited to run home and tell my parents the fascinating things I learned in class that day and to share fun-filled information with them. (Did I forget to mention that I sat them down so I could play teacher?)
So, I thought what better way to celebrate Earth Day then to teach your kids where food comes from, to engage them in eating well, to plant fruits and veggies, and best of all, to have fun as a family!
Here are some creative ideas to get your kids involved in honoring Earth Day around the globe and keep the tradition alive:
1. Grow your own garden. Spend the afternoon outside with your children getting your hands dirty. Teach them how to grow their own fruits and veggies by planting a garden full of carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe. Gardening benefits kids’ health, as well as their attitudes towards learning and the environment. It gives them a sense of pride in their accomplishments, captures their interest and introduces them to healthful foods.
2. Grow mushrooms indoors. We recommend using this Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit to bring a sustainable urban mushroom farm into your kitchen! Just place the mushroom kit on the windowsill and mist twice a day with the mister provided. Within 7 days, you’ll witness mushroom pinheads sprouting and before you know it, they’ll be ready to harvest!
3. Spend a day at your local farmers market. Treat your kids to a morning picking out fresh fruits and veggies. By talking to the growers/famers directly, they’ll learn about where food comes from and you’ll be able to explain the health benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods. Check out this Sheknows.com article talking about the lessons children will gain by talking to farmers and things they’ll learn at the farmers market.