Earth Day Activities for Kids and Parents

Earth Day Activities for Kids and Parents

Earth Day Activities for Kids & Parents

Join the mission to protect our planet and all the animals that call it home! April 22 is Earth Day and it is the perfect time to get outside with your kids and explore nature. You can also use this day to teach about recycling, composting, conservation, and other earth-friendly activities.  Here are three meaningful and fun Earth Day activities for kids that you can do together as a family and help Mother Earth.

Yearn to Burn: A Pyrography Master Class

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, & Other Backyard Wildlife

From renowned National Wildlife Federation naturalist and TV host David Mizejewski comes a new book to show you how to create a magical ecosystem right in your backyard!

Woodburning Realistic Animals

50 Simple Indoor Miniature Gardens

The smallest window sill, the tiniest balcony, or a sliver of space on a bookcase can now be adorned by thriving greenery! 

Little Book of Pyrography

Gardening for Geeks

The ultimate organic gardening resource, Gardening for Geeks provides readers with everything they need to know about designing, building, and sustaining their own garden. 

Landscape Pyrography Techniques & Projects

Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening

This book demystifies the growing of fruit and vegetables and shows that, with the right approach, it can be done successfully as a weekend project or fit into a busy week. 

Regrow Your Veggies

Growing an Avocado from Seed

Produce your own produce! Did you know that you can regrow potatoes, spices, pineapples, celery, and more? Inside Regrow Your Veggies, you can find out how to grow vegetables from roots, cuttings, and scraps. Enjoy this avocado growing section from inside the book!

1. Gently remove the avocado seed, wash it thoroughly under cold water, and dry it off. Using four toothpicks, poke holes into the seed at even distances apart. Poke the holes slightly below the middle
half of the seed.

2. Place your toothpick-avocado seed construction on a small glass of water. The toothpicks ensure that  only the lower part of the seed is submerged in water. A bright and warm location is important. Also, make sure to regularly change the water.

3. After a few weeks, you will start to see roots growing from the bottom of the seed. Eventually, the tip of the seed will break open and a  small stalk will emerge. Continue to change the water regularly and give the plant some time.

4. After a few weeks, you will begin to see the first leaves. Once the plant is 6–8in tall, you can plant it in soil. Make sure that everything but the top of the seed is covered in soil. A bright area and regular watering will help your avocado continue to grow.

Get more tips on how to harvest and use avocados inside Regrow Your Veggies!

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Regrow Your Veggies

Don’t rebuy your veggies, regrow them!

  • 21 delicious foods that can be regrown at home, from scallions and lettuce to galangal, Jerusalem artichoke, and mango
  • Step-by-step instructions and photography to help you effectively propagate your favorite vegetables, herbs, and fruits
  • Troubleshooting advice, including dealing with pests, pathogens, and mold
  • Save money and time at the grocery store by sustainably regrowing your own produce

Grow a Bee-Friendly Garden

Support Pollinators

Add some things to your garden space that will attract honey bees and other useful pollinators to your area. All gardeners know the importance of pollinators, so we think it only makes sense to fill your
garden—and its vicinity—with plenty of wonderful flowers and flowering plants and trees that will help bring in honey bees from all directions. Here are several plants that will attract bees to your garden from Authors Samantha and Daniel Johnson in their Garden DIY Book:

1. Bee Balm. This is one of our favorite flowers to have around the house and garden. The vivid colors and unique shape of bee balm make it a fun plant to have around, plus the bees love it. Expect to see
some butterflies and even hummingbirds exploring the flowers, as well.

2. Dandelions. Some folks may dislike dandelions, but the bees love them, especially in the early spring before many other nectar sources are available.

3. Goldenrod. Goldenrod spreads quickly and can be unsightly once it fades, but in the late-summer while the yellow flowers are blossoming, bees will enjoy them.

4. Chives can be a fun herb to have in your garden. They’re hardy and easy to grow, plus they can be put to use in recipes. Chives bloom early in the year with a  spectacular assortment of circular purple flowers that honey bees seem to enjoy a lot.

From a rain barrel and birdbath to growing potatoes and creating garden marker rocks, check out 25 fun-to-make projects for an attractive and productive garden with Garden DIY.

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Garden DIY

Make the most of your garden!

  • 25 step-by-step projects that are easy to accomplish with only basic techniques and inexpensive materials
  • Over 600 photos and illustrations take you through every step and process
  • Create bee-friendly flower gardens, mason bee house, trellises, raised beds, cold frames, compost bins, birdbaths, garden gates, benches, and more
  • Complete plans, how-to photos, construction and painting tips, and a cut list, skill level, and time frame for each project

Make a Rain Barrel

 All life needs water

Water is all around us, in lakes, rivers, and the sea, but purifying and pumping it takes power (producing harmful carbon dioxide). Here is a way to collect and filter water and save on that power. The filtered water can be used for washing, washing-up, or boiling (DO NOT drink it without boiling it first) and any wastewater from the sink is drained into a bucket and used for watering plants.

1. Arrange the bricks and slabs so that you have platforms that can support the sink and the two water barrels (one barrel should be at a slightly higher level so that the water can run downhill from one to the other). The heights of the platforms should allow room for a bucket to sit below the tap in the filter barrel, and for water to run from the sink along a gutter pipe into a waste bucket. Install the two barrels and sink, and connect the main barrel to the gutter with a downspout.

2. Mark the position of the overflow pipe on the main barrel and the inflow pipe on the filter barrel. Drill holes and link the two barrels with a short length of pipe.

3. Use odds and ends of batten and plastic guttering to make a channel running from the underside of the sink and down toward the waste bucket (which might need to be set in a hole in the ground).

4. Fill the filter barrel with the layers of filter material— gravel, charcoal, and sand—as shown in the diagram above.

5. If you like, you can paint the barrels in your favorite colors to jazz them up a bit.

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Everyone’s interested in becoming more “green” these days—why should kids miss out on the fun?

  • 28 exciting STEAM projects that combine creative play with eco-awareness
  • Inspiring ideas range from building a wind turbine and a go-kart to creating light, growing vegetables, and making green gifts
  • Support a firm foundation in STEAM, as science, technology, engineering, art, & math are key areas to help students to reach their potential
  • Apply STEAM to fun activities and watch as learning takes on a whole new meaning!

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Talk Herbs with Author Kim Roman

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