Earth Day is just around the corner! This is a great time to teach kids about conserving our planet’s resources and caring for the world around us. Not sure what type of activities to try this year? Check out our top Earth Day activities for all!
1. A Beach clean up day: Here in Los Angeles, we are beyond lucky to have beautiful beaches in our very own back yard. Help keep our coastline and sea dwelling friends happy and healthy by planning a beach clean up day! You can plan to take part as a small group, or volunteer for an organization such as Heal The Bay or Surfrider.
2. A carefree car-free day: As Angelenos, we rely heavily on our vehicles to get around. This April, we invite you to take part in a car-free day. Use your legs and feet! Walk or bike to the store, a park and to activities!
3. Garden and grow together: Gardening is a great way to teach kids about different plants and their growth cycles. Plant some easy edible vegetables with the kids and monitor their growth throughout the year. Short on space? Plant a small herb garden and incorporate your homegrown herbs into meals!
4. Build a beautiful birdhouse: Build a birdhouse with the kids! This is a fun craft for any age. Short on time? Head to your local craft store and pick up a kit. Let the kids personalize their creation by painting the finished product!
5. Create a recycled mix media masterpiece: Pull out all the art supplies and create a mixed media masterpiece! Incorporate old newspapers, magazines, popsicle sticks, bottle caps and any other recyclable materials you can find. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild as their creations take shape. Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to art!
6. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and make a meal together: Bring the kids along during the farmer’s market run. Let them taste test the different seasonal fruits and veggies and help choose items to purchase. Once you arrive home, plan an easy meal or snack that includes their chosen ingredients and enjoy!
Although these activities are inspired by Earth Day, you can certainly apply these ideas year round. What do you have planned for Earth Day with the kids? Post your activities and crafts to Instagram and tag us (@educatednannies) in your photos. We love learning about new ideas. Have a happy Earth Day!
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This is a great opportunity to show all those in your life just how much you care for them and appreciate all that they do. Check out our simple yet creative tips for spreading love this Valentine’s Day!
Leave notes: This week, leave simple notes in unexpected places for those in your life. Add a special message of “I am so proud of you” in the kids’ lunch boxes. Leave a post it message on the mirror for your partner, thanking them for all their hard work. A little love and appreciation goes a long way!
Practice consideration: Be mindful of your actions to all those whom you encounter this week. Practice showing consideration, not only to those who you have close relationships with, but also the other mom at the grocery store, or the other nanny at the playground. Remember, children mimic our actions, words and tone. Let’s give them a loving and considerate example to follow!
Card creation station: Lay out all of the kids’ favorite arts and craft supplies and have a card creating session with the entire family. Have each individual present their cards at the end of the session and explain what is significant about each card.
Heartfelt treats: See how many heart shaped treats you can come up with this week. Make pancakes in the shape of a heart and add heart shaped strawberries to go on top! Cut the kids’ sandwiches in the shape of a heart and surprise them at lunchtime. Let the creativity flow and let the kids chime in with ideas to surprise one another!
Last but not least, surround yourself with love: Spend some quality time with those you love this Valentine’s Day. Have family far away? Set up a Skype date, so the entire family can feel close to one another!
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day activities? We would love to hear! Upload photos of your fun activities to Instagram and tag @educatednannies in your photos. Let’s all spread the love this Valentine’s Day!Read More
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Show mom your love and appreciation for all of the hard work, passion and dedication she gives, each and every day, with these fun mother’s day craft and activity ideas.
Create a Custom Designed and Hand Written Card: Pull out all the fun arts and craft supplies and create a colorful and love inspired card for mom. Encourage the children to write a poem or kind words inside the card, to show their appreciation. If the children are younger, you may need to help them write their message of love. A simple card showing gratitude will surely make mom’s heart sing!
Fun Photo and Decorated Frame: Create a heart-shaped sign out of construction paper. Paint a simple message onto the sign, such as “Thank You” or “I Love You.” Take a photo of the child holding the sign and place the photo into a plain frame. Let the child decorate the frame with colors, sequence and other goodies. Be sure to write the date on the back of the frame, so that both child and mom can cherish the gift and the fond memory for years to come!
Coupon Book: It is no secret that moms wear a ton of hats! From chef and chauffeur to playmate and confidant, moms do it all! Create a specialized coupon book that mom may cash in on throughout the year. Include coupons such as “Breakfast in Bed” to “Family Game Night” and “Clean-Up Free Weekend.” These coupons will allow mom feel love and support throughout the year, not just on Mother’s Day!
Pamper Mom at Home: While moms do love spa days, treatments and fancy dinners, they love spending time with their family even more, especially on Mother’s Day! Recreate mom’s favorite pampering sessions at home. If she loves yoga, create a child-lead, family yoga session in the back yard. If she loves the spa, do a mommy makeover at home, where the children pick and perform the treatments. If mom is more of a “foodie,” bring the fine-dinning experience to her. Cook dinner and have the whole family serve their preparations. Remember, you are never asked to clean up or do the dishes when you go out to dine! J
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Mother’s Day!