So exited to have my pal Amity from Green Gifts Guide guest posting on the blog today! Check out her post below about getting kids outdoors, then be sure to visit her blog to find out about cool ideas for green gifting and so much more!
Take it away, Amity!
For an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party, Take it Outside
Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. Our favorite eco-twins, Tristin and Tyler are always out and about interviewing New Yorkers. You won’t find these boys cooped up inside for long! That’s why they know one of the best ways to celebrate is to get outside.
Getting outdoors is one of the best ways to instil a love for the planet in children. Studies show that children who spend time in nature are happier, calmer, and well adjusted as adults. Plus, outdoors the kids can be as noisy and active as they want to be without disturbing the neighbors if you live in close quarters!
Turn the conventional birthday party upside down by trying one of these ideas for creating a fun and exciting, eco-friendly birthday party for your kids:
- Take a tour of a local organic farm and learn about animals and plants.
- Visit an orchard or pumpkin patch.
- Allow the kids to explore a local botanical garden, then bring them home to plant seeds of their own to take home.
- If your local zoo practices humane and conservation-oriented animal keeping spend the day there with the kids to help them learn about endangered animals and ecosystem preservation.
- Go on an overnight camping trip in a local national or regional park.
- Host your own mini Olympic events including jump rope, relay races, kickball, or leap frog. Offer kids healthy cookies as “medals” – everyone’s a winner!
- Head out to a free musical presentation or drama production (summer is a great time for such events).
- Take the kids to a local nursery, buy them each a small tree seedling, and have them plant the tree in a local park or their own backyards. More ideas at American Forests.
- Learn about birds by going bird watching, conducting a bird quest in a local forest, and having the kids learn to make their own flying airplanes.
- Head out to a local butterfly conservatory and treat the kids to the miracle of a hatching butterfly.
Amity Hook-Sopko created Green Gifts Guide with her passion to share how gift giving can be responsible, sustainable and fun! She loves helping busy moms find simple solutions for eco-friendly gift giving.