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COVID 19: Earth Day in Vancouver – 10 kid-friendly activities

COVID 19: Earth Day in Vancouver – 10 kid-friendly activities

April 22 marks 50 years of Earth Day, and while live events has been cancelled for now due to social distancing regs and COVID 19, there are still plenty of smaller ways to celebrate.

Explore nature

The key to encouraging respect for the Earth is supporting a love of the natural world in your children. Whether you have a nearby woods or stream or a patch of grass, there’s plenty to do outside. Little kids can look for bugs under stones and logs, learn the names of basic plants, throw rocks in the water or just run around outside.

Go for a neighbourhood walk

Photo credit: Harriet Fancott

The double cherry blossoms (kanzan) are peaking right now. Gather the kids, break out the bikes, scooter and trikes, and go for a photo worthy wander. If you’re on foot , check out the inspirational chalk messages on the sidewalks and look for rainbow and hearts in windows.

Build a bee-friendly garden or patio

So why not create a bee garden? We need these busy striped honey makers to keep our environment ticking.  Here are some tips from EarthBites and Rocky Mountain Flatbread on how to get the bizz buzz happening on your back patio or in your backyard. And it’s easier that you think!

>> 4 tips for creating a bee garden

Make or buy cloth masks

Photo credit: Aryln Bantog

Discarded masks, plastic gloves and PPE are becoming a new environmental scourge. Make your own masks using cloth scraps or buy one from a local crafts person.

>> Order one here or here

>> Mask making tips

Do Yoga with the Kids

Wednesday April 22, 2020, Free, 9 -9:30 am (3-5yrs) / 11 am – 11:30 am (6-12s)

Have your children participate in for a free virtual fun and playful yoga class to move and dance while learning fun facts about the earth! Invite your friends and family to join in.

>> Earth Day Yoga

Organize the recycling!

The recycling is piling up amirite? Littler kids love organizing things. Get the kids to stuff the yellow bag with papers, glass in the grey box and the rest in the blue box. Set aside plastic bags and Styrofoam for a later trip to the Zero Waste facility or London Drugs (post-pandemic).

Make a local meal

Make a locally sourced meal. Pick up some local meat, beans or veg and create a 100% BC meal. Add a bottle of Okanagan wine or craft beer (Strangefellows delivers) and you’re set. Think salmon or clam chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids on homemade bread, potato salad or fresh leafy greens with local ice cream for dessert.

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Upcycle crafts

If crafting is in your wheelhouse, make something from existing bits and bobs around the house. Think necklaces and bracelets, tin can lanterns and more.

Create an indoor garden

This simple and time consuming project is perfect for anyone stuck inside with little kids or with limited outdoor access. It’s essentially planting one tiny seed in one tiny pot over and over! Afterwards make garden markers from Popsicle sticks. 

>> From Stumbling Grace

Attend a Virtual Cosmic Night

April 22 2020 7- 8 pm online

Join H.R. Macmillan for their first-ever virtual Cosmic Nights YouTube live stream, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Listen to host Michael Unger, astronomer Rachel Wang, and guest lecturer CBC’s Johanna Wagstaffe for a planetarium-style talk. Ask questions and take part in the discussion. They’ll also have a hands-on craft activity.

>> Cosmic Nights

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