April 22 is Earth Day! Use this observance as an opportunity for you and your child to connect. Earth Day activities can be fun and educational while benefitting the environment.
- Walk Instead of Drive: Skip the car and walk with your child to school or to run errands. It’s a great way to save on environment-harming fuels as well as fit in exercise.
- Plant a seed: Let your child pick out seeds to plant. Whether they choose to plant vegetables or flowers, it’s an educational opportunity on the growing process.
- Create Recycle Bins: Teach your child about the importance of recycling and decorate an old bin or box to be used to hold bottles, cans or newspapers.
- Cleanup a Local Park: Team up with your child to clean up the local park or playground.
- Visit a Farmers’ Market: Take your child to the local farmers’ market and pick out fresh produce for dinner.
- Unplug: Turn off the TV and smartphones and spend some time with your child outside. Play tag, hide and go seek or just enjoy the sunset.
- Participate in Community Events: Local organizations and communities host a wide range of Earth Day events, from the Kennedy Space Center’s Earth Day Celebration to Central Florida Earth Day.
Earth Day is a great way to disconnect, care for the environment, and spend some time together as a family.
Heart of Florida United Way believes education, both in and out of the classroom, is a lifelong experience and the most influential factor in ensuring a child will grow up to succeed. For more information about how Heart of Florida United Way invests in education, visit www.hfuw.org.