What is Green Easter? It is the opportunity to take one of your favorite holidays and turn it into something that aids in fueling the Earth with eco-friendliness! Sounds green to me! To polish up the offer even more, Earth day is only two days away so why not get started now? Get your green on and let’s go!
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The Easter Egg Hunt. Teaching your children to appreciate Earth and nature is part of the appeal towards getting them to join hands in the future. A fun way to get kids involved is to set up an Easter egg hunt outdoors. Most families already do this anyways so why not get creative? Nocturnal animals come out at night so grab your flashlights for a p.m. egg hunt. If your familiar with the animals hiding out in your own backyard, make it into a fun scavenger hunt as well. Not a night owl? Have the kiddies rise early on Sunday morning for a little fresh air on the water. Take a kayak or canoe out to one of your favorite local haunts on the local river or ocean. Once there, set up a fun hide and seek with the eggs. Last year, I took my daughters to an island favorite and we even saw a real Easter bunny!
Tip: If you opt to head out on the water Easter morning, you may be better off taking the plastic eggs because bugs usually inhabit the islands and backwoods and would go after your real eggs before the kids have a chance to discover their hiding place. Be sure to remember where you hide them so that your not leaving anything behind that could harm an animal.
Recycle your Easter Basket. In my last blog post I showed you how to renovate an Easter basket into an enchanting garden. There are other uses too. I asked my 9 year old daughter, Chloe, for tips on this very topic and the first thing she admonished is that the plastic ones could be used for a barbie doll pool! I don’t typically buy the plastic ones but on the occasions when someone else in the family buys them, this is a great use instead of a great waste. Great tip Chloe! Another use is for decorative touches around the house, like holding washcloths, magazines, or even to carry cleaning supplies if large enough.
Sweet Treats. As green moms we want our kids to eat healthy and its one of the main reasons co-founder, Corey Colwell Lipson, started Green Halloween. If we don’t want our kids downing a bunch of sugar on Halloween then we certainly don’t want them doing it for Easter either. After all, the Easter bunny does eat carrots, not candy! If your looking for a sweet treat, try out one of our fabulous sponsors at Surf Sweets. They offer an array of organically sweetened jelly beans and gummy candies. If you want to sweeten the deal a little, go fondue style with either organic cheese, caramel, or Fair Trade melted chocolate that is dark and full of antioxidants.
It’s all about the eggs. You can either choose to use the plastic eggs that can be reused every year or go with organic, cage-free eggs bought from your local farmer. If you choose to go traditional by coloring your own eggs, look for kits that use natural dyes like Eco Eggs Natural Easter Egg Colouring Kit. If your feeling creative, make your own natural dyes with grape juice, blueberries, beets and more.
Happy Green Easter!
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