My fondest memories of Earth Day as a child involve local events that taught me about being empathetic towards others. Now, as a mom, as I reminisce about my childhood, I remember how kids love Earth Day events. Living in the greater Nashville, Tennessee, area, I look forward to the Nashville Earth Day event on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
My daughter, who is a homeschooling preschooler, looks forward to the learning experiences she will have there. Because I’m a teacher and a homeschooling parent, I plan to make the event a very educational experience using frequent dialogue with my daughter as we go. While participating in a local event, I appreciate the opportunity to teach my children about the local and global community.
Nashville Earth Day Children’s Area
Children’s activities can engage your child in the celebration. Some activities include recycling games, animal displays and critters. Hands-on activities are ideal for early learners and elementary school students. My daughter, who has been hoping to go camping this summer, will be ecstatic about the camping experience activity when she gets to try out the camping gear. Older kids would be interested in the activity when they can feel as well as observe the animal pelts and skulls. Immersing kids in the study of science is an amazing way to celebrate Earth Day. While the activities can appeal to kids of different ages, the programming has great potential for educational experiences.
Farmer’s Market and Green Market
Adults as well as children can enjoy the markets. Taking children to the market can be an incredible learning experience. I plan on giving my daughter some of her weekly allowance so she can practice shopping independently. Shopping at the Farmer’s Market, I would talk to my little girl about planting and gardening. Perusing the Green Market, I’ll find items that are created locally with organic materials. The market is a great venue for finding mother’s day gifts and last minute Easter basket gifts.
Music on the Youth Stage
Listening to music on the Youth Stage will get you and your family moving to the beat and relaxing as you enjoy the spring weather! Global music, including African, Chinese, Indian, and Polynesian, which serves as a reminder that we all share planet Earth and should respect and learn from each other. I look forward to giving my daughter a cultural experience. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be planning how to pack a diaper bag well for two kids under age 5 to attend the event for the day with me.