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5 Ways to Help Children Live a Greener Life & $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway

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I have a habit of saving things I think might be useful someday. It often drives my husband crazy. I believe things can have a second life and even a third. #BringingInnovation by using recycled items! There are so many useful and clever things that can be created when we recycle. Most important thing to me is that I pass this on to my grand kids. They mean the world to me, and I want them to have the best planet to live on. We are all responsible for our earth’s condition. We are her keeper, and we all must do our part in keeping our earth healthy. So today I am going to share 5 ways to help you help your children live a greener life. It’s easier than you might think. The rewards are great and you can make it fun!

  1.  Recycling: Making crafts with the grand kids is a great way to teach them how to recycle. I save buttons, magazines, fabric, containers, and I’m always looking for craft items at yard sales. I teach my grand kids to use items that are eco-friendly and that are made with recycled products like the new and unique EcoAdvanced batteries by Energizer. They are the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials. It’s their longest lasting alkaline battery ever! It seems like we are always changes batteries in one thing or another. Now we have guilt free energy. I found them at Walmart right next to the soup isle, on one of those holders they have hanging at the end of every isle.  They are available in sizes AA and AAA. We use so many AA’s.

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  1.  Conserving water: I remind my grand kids when they are brushing their teeth or washing their hands not to let the water run the whole time. It is wasteful and it costs money. We also take small hikes and they learn they only have so much water to drink so you don’t waste what you have. The kids love the challenges I give, we make a game out of it.

5  Ways to Help Our Children Live a Greener Life 73. Energy conservation: I teach both of them to turn off the lights, TV, and computer when not in use. We plan a no tech time for the whole family, even Papal turns off the TV, we play board games or cards with the kids. Remember playing war, go fish, and crazy 8’s?

4. Green Adventures: I love to take the kids on scavenger hunts in the park. You never know what you might see. I remember the first time I took them to our local nature park for their first hike. They were so excited, we packed little lunches and took the dogs. When we entered the park and started walking in a bit, they both looked at me and said “what no swings?” They had never heard of a park without swings. Now they love it. We walk and identify the different trees and flowers. Sometimes we even get lucky and find a frog in the creek or a deer watching us. I’m not sure who was watching who.

Tyler and Deer at Grant Park

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5. Gardening: Ever since my grand kids were born they have helped me in my garden. Growing your own food is so rewarding.  They love watching the first sprouts from their planted seeds. To me this is a big one. Almost anyone can grow something, even if it’s just some basic herbs to keep on a windowsill in the kitchen. It doesn’t take much. You can easily start some seeds inside. To show you how easy it is the grand kids made a mini green house using all recycled items. things that I already had in my house. They had so much fun doing it, and so did I. 🙂

Making this Mini Greenhouse is an easy way to teach kids to be more green. Everything you use except the soil is recycled.

Mini Greenhouse:

12 toilet paper tubes
1 plastic salad container
potting soil
marker
scissors

You can write the names of the seeds you are planting on the toilet paper tubes. Katie is in kindergarten and is learning to spell so that was her job. We also cut about an inch off of the tubes so they would fit better in the salad container. Tyler loved this part, any scissor time makes him happy. He’s very good with them.

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I love watching the determination on their little faces. Next, line them all up in the salad container.

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Fill the tubes up with potting soil. We put dirt around the tubes so they wouldn’t fall over.

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Everyone gets a turn.

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Place a couple seeds in each tube and mist with water. We planted basil, cilantro and thyme.

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Close the lid. Make sure you place it near a window so it can get light. There will plenty of moisture inside. Watch your little sprouts come up. When they get to big for this container transplant into individual pots and set them on the windowsill, pretty soon you’ll be ready to start cooking with the kids!

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17 thoughts on “5 Ways to Help Children Live a Greener Life & $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway”

  1. Nicole says:

    Gardening with kids is so fun! These are great ideas 🙂

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Nicole. I love hanging out with the grand kids especially outside enjoying nature.

  2. Shauna Smart says:

    I love your ideas. So fun! We are actually planting a garden this spring/summer!

    1. Diane says:

      Enjoy your garden!

  3. Melanie says:

    Great idea to use the cardboard tubes for planting!

    1. Diane says:

      I save them for all sorts of crafts or we compost them. 🙂

  4. christine says:

    I really like that toilet paper roll potting idea. It’s just about that time that we will be starting our seeds in the house and this is much better than me buying that big plastic tray! Thanks.

    1. Diane says:

      Good luck and happy gardening!

  5. Jenny B says:

    I love the idea! The cardboard tubes are a fantastic idea – makes it kid-friendly and easy!

  6. Sarah B says:

    This is such a great idea! My daughter would love to help me with this project, and plant her own seeds! #client

  7. Britney says:

    I love this idea, especially making things out of what you already have and recycling!

  8. San Zad says:

    What a fabulous post! Kudos to you and the SMART kids!

  9. Camila says:

    Great ideas and tips here! So important to really get green going!
    XO

  10. Jillian (Food, Folks and Fun) says:

    These are some great tips!

  11. Cathy Mini says:

    Wow seriously an amazing giveaway! And I love your tips on how to get children living a greener life!

  12. Debra says:

    This is so great! We love gardening in our house!

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