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.
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
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!
Make or buy cloth masks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).