Plant a little…Eat a little
Have you ever caught yourself doing a double take & having that “ah-ha” moment?
This happened to me while in our local Lowes Foods grocery store. I’d seen this tabletop garden out of the corner of my eye, but never paid any attention to it. I assumed it was grocery store decor. As I got closer I realized that the garden was there for shoppers to clip their own herbs. What a great idea to the alternative pre-packaged herbs! This got my wheels turning & I remembered that Earth Day was coming up. Every year I say (in my mind) that we are going to do it up for Earth Day…..plant a tree, start a garden, make a bird feeder or attend a festival. However, my ambition is too great & our activity schedule is too crazy that my plan always fizzles out. So, small as it may be I whipped up a simple idea & with one afternoon we had our Earth Day plans in check.
Of course, my next stop in the day was to Target. 🙂 I found flowerpots, potting soil & garden seeds in the back of the store…jackpot! We’ve planted veggies & strawberries in the past and my kiddos always enjoyed eating what they grew. So, I knew that this would be the perfect Earth Day project for them. (Sidenote: You know I was checking out those #TargetDollarSpot bins before any Earth Day planning was gonna go on right?!? Hee, hee! 🙂 )
I chose Garden Bean and Mesclun Lettuce (fancy way of saying a “variety of lettuce” seeds) seed packets for the kids to plant. These I knew the kids would enjoy picking. Reading the label on the packets this time of year was best for planting….Yay! I also had leftover chalkboard labels I stuck on each pot to label what we were growing. This activity was a good way of showing my kids how they can take green steps toward caring for their planet and providing food for their family.
This simple activity took about 30 minutes & watching my kids take on their role of starting their own garden was very rewarding. Watching children plant has always made me happy…even if they get a little dirty. 🙂
Their reward after all their planting was a special treat I found while at Lowes Foods. Keeping on the Earth Day theme I wanted the kiddos to have a special snack that was local, healthy & fun.
My family loves popcorn and while shopping I came across Chad’s Carolina Corn – Kettle Corn flavor. I’d purchased the popcorn before through my local Produce Box last summer & really enjoyed it. So seeing it in my nearby Lowes Foods grocery store was a nice surprise. Chad’s Carolina Corn is a family run business based out of Greensboro, NC….perfect…local…check! 🙂 This gluten-free, all natural gourmet Kettle Corn was the BOMB! (Did I just date myself by saying that…heck, it’s true!) My kids tore through two bags & I was kicking myself for not buying more. The popcorn was sweet & salty and the kernels were light & fluffy. Chad’s Carolina Corn was a pleasant reminder of the Kettle Corn you find at the State Fair, but this stuff was better! My plan was to save a bag for movie night while we watched a National Geographic movie on Netfix in celebration of Earth Day. Oh, well, I am happy to go back and snag another bag or two. This popcorn was delicious! While my hungry kids were munching away we discussed the ways we were helping our planet Earth by buying local natural products….this was a brief discussion because the majority of the time my kiddos were stuffing their faces with their sweet treat. (Sidenote: If you live in N.C. you have to scoop up a bag or two, but if you can’t you can order this popcorn-goodness online here.)
Although, our Earth Day preparation was a small event I left our little family activity feeling more energized into what we can do together to care for our Earth. Earth Day is a beautiful celebration & I hope years to come my family & I will continue to plant & give back on this special occasion.
Here are two sites I came across that had some fun Earth Day activities for families. Check it out!
Mother Nature Network (This was a very cool site. I can see myself using this for other activities for my fam.)
PBS.org (As a Mama & a former educator I LOVE all things PBS!)
What are you doing for Earth Day….big or small,,,,you are making a difference! Can’t wait to hear from you & Happy Earth Day Celebrations!