Being environmentally conscious, is a must in this century. It is now a parent’s responsibility to impart some “green” education to the children. Festivals such as Easter are a good way to educate our children about celebrating wisely. Follow our quick and easy tips, to enjoy an environment-friendly easter celebrations with your children while having a soft corner for the mother earth:
Many Easter egg kits contain colors which are made of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Instead, opt for dyes made from plants. Spinach, beets, paprika, turmeric and red cabbage are excellent and natural ways to color your eggs, which will be safe for your children too.
Try a different way of decorating your table
Tables do not have to be adorned with flowers or plastic decorations every year. Skip from the mundane and try using vegetables such as carrots, turnips, onions, and radishes. Use green onions as a napkin ring. Display vegetables on your table, which your guests can easily choose and munch! If you want to use flowers, instead of running to the florist, select them from your garden. You can also get your kids to make creative cards, to be used as a table setting.
Ditch the packaged candy for home baked goodies
Easter candy packaging contains lots of plastic and foil which is nothing more than a waste of resources. If you are able to find chocolates without too much of this excess wrapping, then there is nothing like it. Otherwise, consider baking some goodies at home. This is a great activity to get your children involved. Use marshmallow and rice krispies to make some of those treats. You can also go for chocolate or coconut cookies for the kids.
Consider buying natural fiber baskets
Each year you decide to toss out the old baskets and purchase new ones. That is too much wastage. Instead, opt for baskets made of natural materials such as jute. Or consider making the basket at home with materials such as cardboard and plastic which you can easily find at home. This is a great way to get kids to help and will also encourage their creativity. Commit to recycling those baskets every year, by storing them appropriately after the D-day.
When selecting candy, opt for ones made from organic ingredients or you can even have homemade ones. If you are organizing an Easter Egg hunt for a group of children, ensure you have peanut-free, gluten-free candies, as some children may have allergies to these. There are tons of chocolates and candy recipes online. Instead of simply filling the basket with edibles, you can also include books, small craft activities and toys.
Start a new tradition
Easter holiday is about tradition. You can start a new tradition by choosing to plant seeds in your garden. There are many creative tasks you can do such as plant rows of carrots, peas, and tomatoes. You can make garden decorations out of rocks and pebbles that you might find in your garden. This is a great way to get children involved in gardening and helping them develop an appreciation for nature.
A holiday such as Easter is a great time to impart tradition and environmental consciousness to your entire family.