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planting with the kids

I love spring (ok summer by the time Chicago warms up) and planting with the kids.  Here are a few tips:

1. Take the kids with you to pick the flowers to get them excited about it

2. Have the kids help you pick the veggies that they like or might try (snack cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and mint are winners for us)

3. Get plastic shovels/buckets for the kids to help you (trucks are good scoopers too)

4. Plant the day after some rain so the worms are plentiful (my boys think the worms are the best part)

earth day

To get kids in the spirit of Earth Day on April 22, I found a few fun books to help them learn about recycling…even better yet, check out the books or e-books  from your library.

-Arthur Turns Green

-Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers 

-I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle


3 super easy ways for busy moms (who isn’t???) to teach kids about the 3 R’s

1. RECYCLE.  We have 2 different trash cans so the kids can separate trash vs. recycling.  Added bonus: They know the difference between plastic, glass, and aluminum foil.

2. REUSE.  I have them place gently used plastic baggies on the counter to use again.  I also have them go through their old toys to give to charity (some forgotten toys become another’s treasure).  Last,  I get books at the library for the whole family. The kids love the variety.  Added bonus: Most libraries offer free e-book on their websites.

3. REDUCE.  I know it’s hard enough to get them to wash their hands, but I found my kids were wasting so much soap and water (we wash hands A LOT!).  We changed the routine so they can use only one pump of soap and lather up before they turn on the water.  Add bonus: they get much more bubbles doing it this way.