The Top 7 Earth Friendly Family Activities for Summer

The Top 7 Earth Friendly Family Activities for Summer

Summertime is a time of the year that every family looks forward too. With the kids’ break from school and the sunny weather, every family finds this the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.

Parents might also find that summer is the best time to teach their kids about the environment and help everyone find out what they can to do create a better planet. Getting outside and enjoying the wonderful resources the earth offers is a great place to start in this mission. Here are the top seven earth friendly family activities for summer.

Host an outdoor movie night

It may not be the best way to feel like ‘one with nature’, but an outdoor movie night can mean using less energy inside and making eco-friendly bonfire snacks. Parents can look up DIRECTV to find the best movie channels.

Make water toys out of recycled items

Buying water toys can contribute to a lot of the waste created in the world every day. Instead, parents can help their kids use scraps and pieces from old items to make new and fun water toys, like a toy boat for the water.

Create a better outdoor living space

Spending time outside is a favorite activity for many families for a number of reasons. Many families have realized that the more time they spend outside, the less waste they are creating. Building a better outdoor living area can convince families want to spend all their time outside this summer.

Visit local farms

Most people will have a few great local farms within a short driving distance of where they live. Parents can contact farms to give the family a tour and show them how efforts can be made to live greener. Many people will also take this opportunity to get some great local produce.

Head out on a hike

Whether it is hiking, biking, camping or swimming, spending time in nature is one of the best ways for anyone to appreciate all the work they do to protect the planet. Parents can use the opportunity to show their kids what their imprint on the planet could be and how they can lessen it.

Start growing a garden

The best way to have fresh produce all year, teach kids about protecting the earth and give the family a great activity to do together is to start a backyard garden. Many families will realize the benefits almost instantly and will have a lot of fun over the summer taking care of their garden. Look for green sources of fertilizer and natural pesticides to keep the plants fresh and green.

Go to a local lake or pool for a swim

Water use is a very big issue across the world today. Instead of contributing to the problem by filling the backyard pool with water or turning on a sprinkler, parents can take their kids to a local pool or lake to enjoy the fresh, cool water.

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One of the many “best things” I love doing with the kids!

Art can be hard for some homeschool families when Mom doesn’t have any talent in it. Thankfully these days YouTube is a great teacher! My teen goes to an online private school and one of her electives is Art. The teacher uses a great text book but some things books can not teach as effectively as seeing movement. Like most kids, our oldest loves doing things with others and for art to help her catch up I try to do some of the lessons with her. Sometimes Dad helps too because he honestly has more talent than I do!

I adore making a mess with my kids when it comes to art and creative projects! This isn’t really a homeschool post because all parents can do art with their children from when they are little to when they are grown. I see all these wonderful painting classes all over the place and they are perfect for bonding, be it over chocolate or wine!

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Painting with my Daughter is so much fun!

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One of her projects was to paint the human form. I had my own ideas and as I wasn’t the one getting graded I just went with trying to copy the outlines of what I think my husband and one of our other daughters look like together. Goodness knows when our StormBaby is in the rain she jumps in every puddle she can find and while she loves her umbrella she never keeps it over anyones head!

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This master piece of color and texture is a self portrait our oldest did of herself and one of our chickens. She never thought she would end up being a farm girl but I think she has rather embraced it! She got an A+ on this from her Art Teacher.

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 Husband sat down with us that night and embraced the project, his humanoid form I find rather scary though actually! LOL I love what be made, it just can’t stay in the bedroom or I might get nightmares about Aliens and such.

Parenting can be challenging but taking time to bond, make a bit of a mess, and explore together makes it all worth it! 

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See how the Educational Program at Best Buy can help Educators Keep Up! – Giveaway

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Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Educators are Welcome to enter this Sweepstakes from Best Buy www.bestbuysweeps.com Best Buy Education Your Education Technology Partner Best Buy Education, a direct-channel division of Best Buy®, makes it easier than […]

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7 Ways to Boost Children’s Immune Systems Naturally

7 Ways to Boost Childrens Immune Systems Naturally

Creating a healthy immune system is something we all strive for on a daily basis. Many adults know what they need to keep themselves healthy, but kids often do not think twice about avoiding illness. Even kids who are home schooled are susceptible to all the same sicknesses that any other child can be exposed […]

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#GoCommando with Cottonelle for Beautiful Clean Confidence – Free Samples

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    Be sure not to miss your Free Samples of Cottonelle and put together your #GoCommando Cottonelle commando kit! Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths Upright Dispenser and Clean Care toilet paper with CleanRipple® texture can get you ready to #GoCommando this summer! No matter what you love doing you should feel confident and clean doing it. From Yoga […]

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Groupon Coupons Can Help Make Summer The Adventure It Should Be!

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Groupon Coupons to the rescue! All around our beautiful country are children getting excited for summer. I keep seeing the same questions on the message boards over and over, “what are you doing this summer?” and so few even know. That is ok! There is still time to come up with a plan. A few of […]

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Giveaway – Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

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Summer Time Get In The Water Giveaway Summer is the perfect time for barbecues, pool parties and floating down a lazy river. Having kids means getting them into the water and used to it. Right now one lucky winner gets a chance to win a Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy (float and canopy) (RV: $26). […]

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She was teaching herself to read at 3, what next?

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  She is brilliant and scary! Our little one has been teaching herself to read since she was 3. While we homeschool our older children we learned long ago not to push when they are young as it backfires so we were going with a hands off approach. Despite us though our little one used […]

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Guest Post: The strangest things ever found in a storage unit!

    Smart Space presents this interesting, fun, and weird infographic! Have you ever used storage before? It can be incredibly helpful when trying to organize your space, deal with the items of loved ones passed on, and splitting items in a divorce. I think for me personally I always think about storage options when we […]

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Spring Planting Is Almost done!

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Gardening as a Beginner As the wonderful readers here know this is my families second year gardening. Last year we did square foot gardening in raised beds and this year we are expanding to grow 3 times as much and in different ways. This was my last photo of some of our new garden beds: […]

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How to make a ribbon bookmark for your kids

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    Ribbon bookmarks make great gifts for the kids in your life that love to read. This is one homemade gift that you can add plenty of personality to that will always remind who gave them their bookmark. The most important thing about making a good bookmark is to have some fun with it […]

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Tips on how to deal with termites in your home

There’s no doubt about it, termites are the single most destructive pest you could have the misfortune of coming into contact with. A termite colony can potentially threaten the entire foundation of your home; even worse is the fact that where there is one colony there can be others. The best way of protecting your […]

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Review and Amazon Code – Advanced Probiotic Supplement

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  Advanced Probiotic by Number One Nutrition is the newest probiotic supplement I have been taking. The reasons I take them are many. For me I believe it helps with my digestion. I have a very sensitive stomach and probiotics are said to make enzymes that help break down food and absorb nutrients. As my […]

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The Start To This Years Garden With Kids

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  2015 Gardening with the Kids It is a beautiful and very wet April here in Georgia and we feeling a bit behind when it comes to gardening. One of the things that took us a while was finding the right spot to put in the new garden. Last year we did a few raised […]

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Five tips for buying a new watch

The style of watch that will suit you will depend on your wardrobe, your signature style and even, what you do for a living. There are plenty of things to consider before you invest in a timepiece, whether it’s a hard wearing, sporty style, a classic design or a more modern stainless steel variety you are […]

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Depend – Underwareness For A Cause and Free Sample

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Do you leak? Get Depend. Why yes, these can be a pregnant moms best friend!   If you asked me if I leak I would have to tell you honestly that it does happen. It has happened I think in part because I have had 6 children and soon to be 7! Did you know more people […]

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Recipe: Green Tea Frap made with Matcha Green Tea Powder

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Organic Matcha makes for some beautiful and yummy green tea treats at home! I love green tea fraps from Starbucks but alas, going out to get them when I want them isn’t the best green option. Today is Earth Day so I thought why not share some green yummy goodness online! I use Vernal Organic […]

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I am NOT giving birth around your golf game!

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Doctors never make selfish choices…. right? Today much to my horror I got the chance to read the thoughts of a Mom who is proudly attacking other mothers who choose to fight for a vaginal birth after c-section. She basically said she will trust someone with more degrees than she has and never question their […]

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How to Teach Kids about Eco-Friendly Living

How to Teach Kids about Eco Friendly Living

As a parent, many people have a long list of things they want to teach their children. Everything from common sense knowledge to traditional family values is of the upmost importance to any parent, but it can be difficult for them to find a way to accurately convey these messages to their kids. One topic […]

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Why you should welcome a snake in your yard!

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Snakes are so important to our environment and yet so few people understand why! Being part of the hobby farmer, micro farming, and chicken keeper community I often see photos of dead snakes shared. So many believe that the only good snake is a dead one. So many people are not educated on what an […]

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Announcing of baby is a boy or a girl!

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  How should one announce if baby is a boy or a girl? There is a rather new trend that I love, Gender reveal parties! Life is short and I really believe we should take what ever good reasons we can to celebrate and share our joy together. As I still haven’t really found a […]

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Giveaway – Luxury Bamboo for Baby – ends 4/21

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Sponsored by: Brooklyn Bamboo Hosted by: Social Swayy Brooklyn Bamboo has become the #1 maker of high quality anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic baby products! From baby wash cloths to burpy bibs, Brooklyn Bamboo’s products are the softest products to touch your baby’s skin. Bamboo fabric’s increasing popularity in the United States and the rest of the […]

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Household Energy Saving Tips

When it comes to saving money on your monthly utility bills, it’s a good idea to support an energy provider that publishes helpful hints and tips that you can use to prevent your expenses from draining your bank account dry. Luckily, there are a few energy providers out there that seem to “get it”. After […]

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Review: Brooklyn Bamboo Baby Washcloths and Bibs

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As my wonderful blog followers, friends, and family know, we are expecting a baby! I so excited to used these organic bamboo washcloths with this new little one! This is far from my first baby and I know what I am looking for in fabrics these days given our years of experience with little ones. […]

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Review and Giveaway: Pet Seat Cover that is fabulous for kids too!

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When I first saw this pet seat cover I knew I had to try it. We have a very long car trip coming up with our dogs and of course our 4 (soon to be 5) children. We are a long time military family and so car trips are nothing new to us but we […]

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6 Item Checklist to Help Baby Proof Your Home

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  Once your little child starts running around the house for the first time, you need to make sure that your home is safe. You may not realize it yet, but kids have a way of getting around and getting themselves into trouble if you don’t take precautions. Below is a list of simple things […]

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Save the weeds for the bees!

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    Do your part to save the bees! Let the weeds grow! It is spring here in Georgia and the weather is already hitting the 80’s with sunny days mixed with very wet ones. This has caused our front yard to suddenly burst into color thanks to the weeds. While our neighbors are cutting […]

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Top tips to bring spring into your home

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  The weather is finally warming and spring is approaching which means just one thing – plenty of beautiful flowers growing naturally in gardens and open fields. It’s not only the outside world that can enjoy beautiful blooms though; follow these tips and bring spring into your home with beautiful flowers. Why add flowers? Bringing […]

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10 Ways to Predict the Gender of Baby

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    Welcome to pregnancy and the land of old wives tales! While we logically know that these are not “real” many of us desperately want to know more about the little ones growing inside of us. I have found it very amusing seeing the over 800 women in the due date group I h […]

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Have you ever thought about sponsoring a child?

Image Source International organizations that focus on child sponsorships tend to have a poor reputation among the public. Most people see them as a way to guilt people into donating, a strategy to funnel money from wealthy households. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it? The money would be more useful to the […]

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