Trashy kids isn't just about recycling items into cool crafts! Its about teaching our children about the importance of recycling and learning how to keep the earth clean, too. For this segment of Trashy Kids, I wanted to share with you an opportunity that my family took to help the community and to help our kids learn the value of keeping our earth clean and the consequences that occur when we don't.

I encourage you and your children to look into your neighborhood and see what community service type projects are available to you or create your own!

Our family participated in the yearly clean up of Presque Isle State Park. We were assigned a particular beach where we gathered trash that had accumulated over the harsh winter months. It was an excellent opportunity for all of our children who range in age from 16 years all the way down to 3 years of age. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment when the job was all done. The kids can now reflect on the fact that they helped clean up the earth even just a little bit. After our beach was all clean they wanted to continue down to the other beaches however, the turn out was so large (YAY!) that the other beaches were finished up about the same time as ours.

Instead, we decided to appreciate the park by utilizing the lagoons and seeing a bit of nature!

And aferward? Ah, the joy of a relaxing ride home and some peace and quiet for mom!


Lori said...

What a perfect way to show your kids that doing good can be fun! And I LOVE that last photo!

auclairdelalune: recycled fabrics for human and habitat said...

Terrific article. You've inspired me to find out about local community projects to do with the kids, just in time for summer!