Celebrate Earthon Earth Day or Any

• Make pinecone bird feeders. Just spread some peanut butter on a pinecone, roll it in some bird seed, attach a piece of yarn to hang it up and you have a bird magnet! Plant a tree, flowers, or a vegetable garden.

• Check out Kaboose (http://holidays.kaboose.com) for wonderful Earth-centered activities!

• Do a guided meditation with your children. Ask them to relax and close their eyes, then take them on a journey through a world without nature.

Ask them to imagine waking up in a world of only concrete, glass, and brick, walking out the front door to find no trees, no flowers, no green grass. Where would they play? Where would they get shade? Where would beauty come from? Ask them how they would begin to rebuild the natural world.

• Make a new Ten Commandments for the earth: "Thou shalt not dump garbage into the waters; Thou shalt ride your bike whenever possible; etc."

• Raise money for a local environmental project by baking and selling cookies or organizing a raffle or neighborhood rummage sale.

• Have the whole family take a hike and pick up any trash that you see along the way.

• Read Earth Tales from Around the World by Michael J. Caduto (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1997), and talk about the many ideas that different cultures had about how the world began. Your children could come up with a creation story of their own!

• Get the book Keepers of the Earth by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1988). This is a great book that combines creation stories with environmental projects. You can read a creation story, then the book gives you discussion questions and activities to do to help understand the story.

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