In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, I wanted to share a handful of fun activities that would be great to do with the whole family -- and makes for a great afternoon outdoors!
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Type up this list of things to find outdoors, and designate one person (usually a child) as note taker. We love carrying around a camera and snapping a photo, as my nephew checks off each item we find on the list. Then, when we get home, we go through the photos on the computer and talk about nature. A really fun activity for children and adults of all ages. It is a great reason to get outside and enjoy nature!
Create Your Own Watering Can
Learn how to create this DIY watering jug here: http://ajourneytoadream.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/helpful-yet-simple-diy-for-spring.html?showComment=1332868588728
Plant a Tree/Garden
Why not take time to introduce your child to gardening by bringing them to a local nursery or garden center? My husband loves taking Savannah each year to a local nursery and letting her pick out an assortment of flowering plants, along with veggies. Then, they spend the afternoon getting their hands dirty, as they create our family garden.
Play the Recycling Game with Kids
Start off my putting a variety of recyclable and non-recyclable items into a laundry basket or trash bag. Then, have children taking tuns guessing if an item can be recycled or not. My daughter and nephew love this game, and usually try to see who can recycle the fastest! Who knew that recycling could be so fun. :-)
And, for those who love crafts, here are 28 craft activities you can do with kids centered around Earth Day:
So, whatever you choose to do to celebrate Earth Day with you family, enjoy the time together and make sure you take a moment to step back and take a breath. :-)
-----And, why not pick up a copy Planet Ocean to continue the Earth Day fun indoors!
"Just in time for summer - Planet Ocean - the documentary that takes you around the world on an unprecedented journey into the least known regions of the earth will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD April 19 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Directed by highly-acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Home) and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It), this documentary comes just in time for Earth Day (April 22). Planet Ocean invites viewers to travel the globe with breathtaking aerial views and underwater imagery in extreme geographical conditions worldwide and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy!"
Through dazzling aerial and underwater imagery captured in extreme geographical conditions worldwide, Planet Ocean delivers an unprecedented journey into the least known regions of our planet. The stunning documentary aims to captivate as well as provide understanding of humankind’s relationship to the ocean and stress the urgency of making sustainable change. Brought to life with dynamic and relatable narration, this groundbreaking film can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Planet Ocean will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
- Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
- DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.
BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):
- THE MAKING OF PLANET OCEAN
- IN THE SKIES ABOVE RIO: Breathtaking images of Rio de Janeiro’s magnificent shores will inspire you with wonder and delight.
- UNDERWATER: Uncover the natural mysteries of marine life with Planet Ocean’s team of underwater cinematographers.
- SHANGHAI: Extraordinary aerial photography of Shanghai’s busy harbor underscores the significance of ocean commerce.
Wow! This is one documentary that I see people talking about this Earth day, and year for that matter, as it is truly breathtaking to watch, and reminds us of how the Earth was formed, and what we do in our day to day lives impacts how it will look when we leave this Earth. It is up to us to make the necessary changes to protect what remains, to help keep it as beautiful as it was created for us many years ago. Just look at this trailer about this new documentary, and you will be moved, as my husband and I were when we watched it the other night, at the beauty of the Ocean and Earth as a whole.
Truly remarkable, right? Just think that this is only a 6 minute glimpse into this movie, which is filled with breathtaking Aeriel views and underwater imagery. Both parents and children will enjoy watching Planet Ocean, and learning about the least known regions of our planet. You will want to be transported to these places, as my husband and I wished we could, as they look so peaceful and inviting.
So, if you are looking for a great family movie to share and tie together your Earth Day activities, why not consider pre-ordering Planet Ocean today? This will be one documentary you will want to watch over and over again.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.