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Ernest Hemingway said it best when he said, “The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” As Earth Day approaches, finding ways to teach your children about the importance of doing your part to protect the planet can seem like a daunting task. However, we have put together a list of helpful books, games, and products that can assist you in doing your part to save the planet and teach your children about the wonders of the Earth.
Teaching your children about Earth Day and using sustainable, eco-friendly products are great steps in helping save the planet!
Jenny the Chimpanzee
Written by Lotus Kay
A great way of teaching the importance of Earth Day is Lotus Kay’s “Jenny the Chimpanzee.” The story is a great way to learn about the history of humanity’s evolution, and also reminds us of how interconnected we are to the animal friends around us.
A Conservation Tale
Written by Ian Sadler
Another great book for teaching your children about Earth Day is Ian Sandler’s “A Conservation Tale,” which mirrors Dicken’s “A Christmas Story” and his ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. A call to action, the story is a wonderful way for children and families to talk about how they can look after the planet and take care of it.
Written by Katy Pye
An Earth Day story for older children, “Elizabeth’s Landing” takes place on the Texas Gulf coast as it is threatened by the BP oil spill. It is a compelling story about a teen struggling to overcome forces threatening her family and the survival of one of the planet’s most endangered animals.
The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth
Written by Ellen Sabin
“The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth” is another great Earth Day story that can inspire your children to appreciate the planet’s gifts, learn about what the Earth needs, and help them to discover the ways they can protect and care for the planet they live on.
We Can Reduce: Precycle It!
Written by Sabbithry Persad
Sabbithry Persad’s book “We Can Reduce: Precycle It!” is a perfect story for Earth Day as it follows the story of Shamina and her pals as they organize a Clover Community Precycle It Challenge in order to help reduce waste going to the landfill.
Warriors Kids Podcast
This podcast is designed to help kids, teachers, and families learn and celebrate everything Indigenous. Each week, the podcast looks at different interesting facts surrounding Indigenous cultures, languages, values, and traditions from different Indigenous Nations found on Turtle Island. The goal is to inspire child listeners of all backgrounds to become compassionate warriors for earth and social justice in order to make the world better for all its people.
Our Precious Planet
This detailed stuffed Earth is the perfect present to give on Earth Day to begin the conversation about global warming and climate change with your children. Our Precious Planet comes with a supplemental tag that shows some of the causes and effects of global warming, along with some suggestions about what individual humans can do to help.
Ecokins are another great Earth Day gift. Made from 100% recycled materials, this cute plush has an embroidered eyes and nose and a recycled paper tag with cotton string instead of a place tag. This toy offers another great opportunity for discussing the importance of recycling with your children.
Zeenie Dollz – Sini – Protector of Farmlands and Rescued Animals
Zeenie Dollz are a great way to start the conversation about conservation and Earth Day. This fashionable doll is all about protecting the environment in style. They are made with 100% recyclable material, non-toxic rubbers, and non-toxic plastic. Each Zeenie Doll has a unique style that reflects the aspect of the environment they are in charge of protecting, and Sini serves as the protector of the Farmland and Abandoned Animals.
This fun, family friendly board game has players working together to clean up the Earth and slow climate change as the temperature of the planet rises with each turn. Playing this with the whole family is not only a fun way to spend the weekend, but also provides a prime opportunity to discuss with your children the little things they can do every day to stop the rising climate temperatures and protect the planet.
Respect the Earth – Ecologic Puzzle
Another fun way to bring the whole family together this Earth Day is with these 12 mini puzzles that can help your children discover the everyday actions they can take to help the planet. With these ecologic puzzles, players are tasked with matching pairs of puzzle pieces. On the red-edged pieces, groups of children demonstrate common habits, while the green-edged pieces show better habits they can take on to protect the planet.
Miosolo All-In-One Diaper
Discussing is one thing – action is another. In order to help drive home the importance of changing everyday habits for the better, teaching your children about sustainable products you can use to replace non-eco-friendly goods is a great way to do your part to save the planet. Miosolo all-in-one diapers are the simplest and best designed cloth diapers on the market. Its one-size design allows the diaper to grow with the baby from birth through potty training, getting rid of the need to buy various sized diapers.
Washable Nursing Pads
Washable nursing pads are another great, sustainable option. These pads are super cute and soft, made of a wicking mesh layer, an absorbing inner layer, and a leak-proof outer layer. Not only are they super comfortable, but they are completely reusable! Just wash them with your weekly laundry and they're ready to go. These nursing pads are a great way to decrease your carbon footprint.
Simple Wishes Sling Bra™
This revolutionary all-in-one maternity, nursing, and pumping bra offers a great comfortable, functional bra for new moms, The versatile Simple Wishes Sling Bra easily supports the transition from maternity to breastfeeding to beyond, and is a great option for women looking to downsize their bra drawer. By buying this four-in-one bra, you can not only have a helpful, functional option for all your maternal needs, but you can also feel confident in your positive environmental impact as the Simple Wishes Sling Bra was launched with a limited edition line of fun fabrics and colors in the eco-friendly Lemonade Line. The Lemonade Line utilizes remnant fabrics pulled from other lingerie brands that would otherwise be disposed of (often by being burned, which is harmful for the environment).
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