Monday, April 21, 2008

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day! If you haven't already, this day presents the perfect opportunity to initiate a conversation with your child(ren) about the environment. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather we're having and go for a walk. Bring a bag with you and pick up the litter that you find along the way. Investigate vernal pools and rotting logs that may appear at the side of your path. Sit on a rock in a quiet spot, enjoy a snack, and just listen to the sounds of nature that surround you. Celebrate the day!

We have lots of books about nature and the environment for you to borrow. Here are some suggestions:
Kids Care! by Rebecca Olien
A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer
Woods and Backyard Pond by David M. Silver
Ecology for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave
Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool by Doug Wechsler

Perhaps you would like to make an earth-friendly craft. Look to these books for guidance:
Nature's Art Box by Laura C. Martin
Organic Crafts by Kimberly Monaghan
Ecology Crafts by Bobbie Needham

However you celebrate, may you have a joyous and peaceful day.