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Green Activities for Kids- SUMMER EDITION!

May 13, 2013

green activities for kidsGreen activities for kids just in time for summer break!  Here are a few ideas we have compiled to not only help you avoid the “MOM, I’M BORED!” syndrome, but teach your kids a valuable lesson on protecting the environment as well!

1. READ GREEN! Why not enjoy some quiet time as a family under the shade of a beautiful tree and a good book about keeping our Earth clean? Here are a few great ones to choose from:

-“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

-“Judy Moody Saves the World” by Megan McDonale

-“The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss

2. EAT GREEN! One of the best parts of summer is all the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that are available! So, why not add some fun green activities for kids when it comes to picking their food? Here are a few ways to include them in the decision making:

-Create your own vegetable garden right in your backyard. Start planning and preparing now and let your little ones help! Or how about adding a special “KIDS ONLY” section to your garden where kids make all the decisions. They may even find helping you with YOUR side of the garden more fun when they have some control over their own side. Visit the GoGreen Web Directory for resources on how to create your perfect backyard garden.

-Make a regular trip to the local farmers market . Make it a goal to try one new food item each week. You will be amazed at all the different foods you can discover, and who knows, you may even find a new family favorite! Ask the merchants for recipe ideas using their food. We are sure most of them would love to help! Try creating a completely local meal at least once a week. Invite neighbors and friends to join you and make it a community affair.

-How about joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or a home delivery services like South Shore Organics ? Both are terrific ways to have fresh, local produce right at home! Visit the Edible South Shore magazine website for a complete list of CSA’s in your area.

-For a truly unique experience, take the kids to pick their own fruits and vegetables at a local farm and then head home and make a delicious dessert for after dinner or can them for next winter. What fun it is to sit in a warm house on a snowy winter day and remember the fun of summer and taste the delicious fresh fruit.

3. PLAY GREEN!

-Instead of buying new summer clothes, why not gather your friends and neighbors for a neighborhood toy and clothing swap? Once everyone has their new-found treasures, donate the remaining items to a local charity or take to a local consignment shop for resale.

– Plan an electricity-free day once a week.  It sounds hard, but can be one of the best parts of the summer for your family! Take the kids swimming, bike riding, hiking or just play in the backyard instead of playing video games or using the computer. Instead of turning on the stove, cook outside over a campfire or a grill. Catch lightning bugs in the evening instead of turning on the TV. We bet you will have some amazing conversations and family memories by the end of the summer.

-Make your own natural treasure hunt for the kids. Here is a great PDF from the Nature Conservancy perfect for creating your very own hunt!

-Consider taking a look at some of the fun activities planned for the summer at the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth, MA , signing-up for summer camp at the South Shore Natural Science Center or Mass Audubon. All types of adventures await your little ones this summer in the great outdoors!
We hope you have a wonderful  summer! Enjoy it to the fullest and make it your greenest summer ever!

ABOUT THE GOGREEN WEB DIRECTORY:

On the GoGreenWebDirectory.com you will find local eco-conscious businesses, will learn about green events in your community, and will connect to green living information and news. Rest assured that that those listed and advertising on the directory meet green standards for their type of business. While individuals should always ensure that the green businesses they support are taking acceptable measures, all of the businesses listed on GoGreen have been vetted.

GoGreen is the place to find hundreds of hand-picked green business listings that are local to you.

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