Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Earth Day with Kids #FisherPriceMoms


It is very important for me to teach Little One about the environment and the world she lives in.  At only 3 years of age, she already knows that life is fragile and we need to take care of our planet. 
 From the garden to our table
 Enjoying hours outside in the fresh air - as all kids should!
 Recognizing where our food comes from




Little One recently learned that plants are very sensitive and need TLC so they can grow.  I have to say that she learned the difficult way and she will never forget it!  When Little One was at her grandparents' house, Grampy told her not to touch the seedlings he was growing.  He said they were fragile and if they were pulled out, they would suffer and not be able to grow into beautiful plants.  Of course, what would any 3 year old do when told not to touch something?  She yanked the plants out of their starter pots, unearthed everything, and then sobbed, "Grampy's not going to love me anymore!!!"

She knows now why she isn't supposed to pull plants out (unless they're weeds!).  She can even explain to others why plants are important for humans.  Yes, Grampy explained how the plants produce oxygen and we in turn breathe it to live.  Not bad for a 3 year old! She even talks about pollen and knows that flowers have stamens!


We try to teach Little One about conservation of energy and water. We teach her that we need to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.  She even comes out with us to plant trees on our property, and Hubby teaches her about plants and edible wilds in our wood lot.  She also takes part in the growing and cultivating of our fruits and vegetables.  She sees them grow from seed, to seeding, and then fruit or vegetable-yielding plants.


For us on our farm, every day is Earth Day.  We try our best to do little things to tread lighter on the Earth.
  • We use reusable shopping bags
  • We use reusable water bottles (stainless steel)
  • We try to purchase items that don't have too much packaging
  • We only buy the necessities
  • We carpool to meetings, events, social gatherings
  • We hang our laundry instead of use the dryer
  • We compost all our vegetable/fruit scraps and other compost material
  • Most of Little One's clothing comes from friends who have children older than Little One. We are firm believers in hand-me-downs. In turn, Little One's clothes and shoes get passed down to all our friends with children younger than Little One.
  • We use recycled material for kids crafts (cardboard, paper, etc)
  • We use both sides of paper to conserve paper
In other exciting Fisher-Price news: 
For all the Little People fans out there, Little People is coming to Treehouse!  Weekend mornings at 9am ET! The Little People series is about big discoveries as seen through the eyes of five little pre-schoolers with personalities as distinct as real children. It’s a world of wish fulfillment and wonder, where steam trains can fly off into the night sky. For more information on the Fisher-Price Little People TV show, check out: http://treehousetv.com/watch/shows/LittlePeople/default.aspx
Also, towards the end of the month, Fisher-Price will be attending the Babytime show from April 27-29 at the International Centre in Toronto. If you are in town, why not stop by and say “hi!”. They will be giving out Fisher-Price catalogues with coupons enclosed. Also, the adult size baby bouncer will be there for you all to try out and take a picture ;) Click here for more information: http://www.babytimeshows.ca/


Disclosure: I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

2 comments:

Cherry said...

While I love to garden, since we moved 2 years ago, we've never gotten one set up. Eric needed a little break as gardening to him is still work, and the rental we are in has issues with the backyard, sun exposure and well... it's going to be a lot of work even to set up a container garden so we just haven't done it.

This year though, now that Elizabeth will be 2 (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?) I am insisting we take the time to at least buy seedlings at the nursery and get some containers going. We didn't get seeds started in time this year, so NEXT year she'll get the seedling lesson too. She just isn't a veggie eater other than cucumber, even with all the veggies we keep in the house and in our cooking so I'm hoping by growing some ourselves she'll be more jazzed about them.

Last night I showed her Mars and how it doesn't move like the airplanes do (we live a mile from SFO and see a LOT of planes, and few stars to Mars was easy to see). How I'm going to explain the concept of planets is beyond me, but we'll get there. :-)

Christine said...

Cherry:
Wow! E is growing up so quickly! How cool that you showed her Mars! Where we live, we can see the Milky Way, the constellations, the Northern Lights, etc. Little One asks soooooo many questions!

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