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.