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Earth Day Ideas for Children by Erin James

TipriTV.com Earth Day is on April 22, and even though it is not a religious holiday, it is a day families can honor Creator God. The Lord gave us this beautiful Earth as our home for now, and He has instructed us to care for it.

In Genesis 2:15 it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

This was His intention for us from the very beginning. It intention did not change when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. God asks us to tend to the land He gave us. Therefore, we must teach our children to take care of it.

Use Earth Day as a time to celebrate God, our Creator. Look around, appreciate, and reflect on the beauty He has created.

Our children look to us for guidance and learn by example. Littering and abusing the environment is a learned trait, so to better our ecosystem, we must first show future generations how to care for it.

Teach your children about how God created everything and how He wants us to live amongst His creation, according to Isaiah 65.

They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent-- its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD. Isaiah 65:21-25

God is saying we will enjoy the works of our hands; and He desires us to care for His creation, not destroy it.

My children and I do a lot of fun Earth Day activities. Here are some your children may enjoy.

Play games

Craft litterbugs out of recyclable material and attach magnets to them. Then attach magnets to sticks and have your children use their sticks to pick up all of the litterbugs.

Make a game out of your children recognizing when they have recyclables. If they remind you to recycle, reward them with a point or a token.

Recycle for change

Allow them to recycle cans, if applicable in your state. My mom used to let my brothers and I do this and allowed us to keep the money from it. It was a fun chore for us.

Make crafts

There are so many Earth Day related crafts you can enjoy making with your children. Create a bird house using plastic water jugs. Simply, cut a square out in the jug for the door, put a perch in the center with a stick or wooden rod, and hang them with string. Let your children decorate them personally.

Make bottle cap magnets for your refrigerator by gluing magnets to the back of bottle caps after your child has painted them.

Use egg cartons to make bugs. Cut the egg carton into pieces and have your children make bugs or animals out of them by decorating them and adding legs with pipe cleaners.

Make your own Play-Doh and have them make an Earth out of it. After it dries, have the kids paint their planet. Share with them about how God molded the Earth with His hands and took great care in making it the perfect environment in which we and all the animals can live.

Plant a garden

Garden with your children. Having them get their hands dirty is an excellent way to teach them about how to replenish and take care of the Earth. Let them choose the design and plants they want to grow and instruct them how to take care of them. This will also teach them responsibility. You can also reference the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13).

* This year, Earth Day and Good Friday fall on the same day. While it is important to honor God, our Creator, let's not forget to honor Him, God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the Cross.

How do you celebrate God’s creation?

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4.21.2011

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