Top Tips To Instill The Love Of Nature and Taking Care Of Our Planet With Children

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As a kid I grew up in the country and while as a kid I longed to live in town, I think back on those days and really did love living where we did. And now, years later I am living in the country with my family and kids and being outside and enjoying nature is very important to us, especially since we are limited in tolerable months to be outside here in the Midwest.


Parents have the great responsibility of raising up a future generation. The little babies born today will run our world in a few short decades. We work hard to educate our children, teaching them the ways of our world. We often forget that we are raising the generation of people in whose hands we will entrust our Earth.

This is why it’s important teach kids early on the importance of our planet and to instill in them a love of the environment. It’s never too early to show kids that our world is a resource that is to be respected and taken care of. This is an education that can be as fun as it is fulfilling.

So how can you instill the love of nature and taking care of our planet with your children???


Here is a great list of ideas to give kids a love for their planet:

1) Plant a tree together

2) Visit a recycling plant

3) Take a hike around a local park

4) Visit a farm

5) Wash the car together as a family

6) Plant a vegetable garden

7) Jump in puddles on a rainy day

8) Let them dig in the dirt

9) Start a family compost pile

10) Volunteer at a local nature center

There are SOOOO many things you can do with your children, however we thoroughly enjoy gardening. Although I don’t have a very good green thumb, I really do like to try. And so do my kids! Another thing that my kids and I both enjoy is Sesame Street. This behind-the-scenes video “Gardening Fun with Sesame Street” video is a fun one to check out with your kiddos too.


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What do YOU like to do with your kiddos outside?

About Mamasita A

Mamasita A, also known as writer Danity Donnaly, is a mother of three, a wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, Midwesterner, baker, boo boo kisser, writer, shopper and more! Mamasita A loves looking for deals and making treats with her kiddos, drinking diet coke and reading celebrity gossip.

63 Responses to “Top Tips To Instill The Love Of Nature and Taking Care Of Our Planet With Children

  • I love Sesame Street, and so do my kids. They were obsessed when they were little. I love this planter giveaway.

  • My kids grew up in a subdivision, but their grandparents own a farm that they got to visit often. They still love nature. They used to love Sesame Street!

  • This is a great list! It’s important to teach these principles to our kiddos now, and not wait for someone else to do it!

    6 months ago

    This is such a great list for kids! It’s important to teach kids to love and take care of the earth!

  • This is such a cute idea. Kids need to take care of our planet.

  • I almost forgot it was Earth Day coming up pretty soon. I actually have plans on being in my garden this spring with my daughter. In our state recycling isn’t necessary but I pay extra just to do it.

    • In our area recycling isn’t necessary either. Our city just started offering a recycling service though and we have been taking advantage of it.

  • How fun! I am always talking to my kids about clean up around the neighbourhood and why we do it. They enjoy being able to help and are always looking forward to earth day.

  • This is so important! I love your ideas. My kids always loved checking out the local nature centers!

  • I love, love, love that you are teaching your children about gardening! It is so important, if no one grew food, we’d all be in trouble!

    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    6 months ago

    Sesame Street is such a great program for kids. They always share such inspiring and fun messages.

  • My daughter came home from school and told me she wanted to start recycling. I always did back home, but I dont have to separate everything down here so… We do plant herbs and flowers together though!

  • Awesome! We love sesame street in our house!

  • I think we might do some planting tomorrow! And what a fun giveaway…I entered and would love to win!

  • I love this idea! Kids need to learn young that it’s important to care about the Earth 🙂

  • I think if you teach them young, whether it be hands on or watching this special they gain a love for the planet.

  • I always loved Sesame St when I was a kid. I think it would be nice to start a compost pile w/the family.

  • These are some great ideas for earth day. I’ve been wanting to start a compost pile. No time like the present.

  • I love all the wonderful things you’re teaching children. I love the planting and visiting a farm idea the most.

  • It is a good place to start. If we teach these things to our kids from early they will know no other way.

    Ann Bacciaglia
    6 months ago

    It is so important to teach kids the importance of taking care of the earth. My kids are huge fans of nature. We have been going for hikes since they were little.

  • What an adorable giveaway! I love all your ideas on how to teach kids to care for our planet! 😉

  • We are smack dab in the middle of a subdivision so we do everything we can to bring nature closer to us. We plant flowers and trees that will attract birds and butterflies and we have a bird house in our tree. One small bit at a time!

  • I believe that we should have more love for our planet and I like the list you have compiled to teach the future children of our generation how to be greener!

  • Thanks for all the great suggestions- my kids love anything to do with nature and the outdoors!

  • We always pick up trash on streets with my kids. I think it makes such a huge difference. If only everyone who walked on a street just picked one soda can or newspaper and put it in a nearby trash, the streets of every city would be so much prettier.

  • This is awesome. We started at a very young age teaching our kids to love and appreciate nature.

  • It is so important to instill these lessons in our children. They have to learn how to take care of our planet for future generations.

  • We are growing our own vegetables this year and we got the Little Man to help us. He was so surprised when the seeds he planted started to grow after a few days!

  • I wish my son was more into nature. It is great to start them early

    6 months ago

    Omg I loved Sesame Street when I was a kid and thankfully my daughter loves it as well!!!! I need to get more into gardening!

  • What a great list! I love letting my kids get dirty, then just plopping them in the bath for more play 🙂 nothing better than puddles!

  • We just planted a garden a few weeks ago. We can’t wait to eat everything we planted. We had so much fun doing it.

  • I love these ideas. There is usually a few volunteer opportunities at our local nature center. Most of them are fun!

  • Such great ideas! I think my kids would love to do something like this. They love nature but planting a tree or something would be so much fun and they’d learn a lot I think.

  • This is real cute how Sesame Street gets involved.
    I also think your list is amazing and comprehensive; it really gives a lot of chances to get the children involved.

  • These are fabulous ideas! Sesame Street is always great at helping parents get important points across, too!

  • These are some great ideas for getting kids to love their planet. I love the thought of planting a tree with our boys.

  • I love this so much! It is so important to teach our kids to take care of the planet! We had fun for Earth day with our kiddos!

  • Absolutely agree with the environment piece. So important for kids to get the big picture and start creatively thinking of ways to be an active part of the world and taking care of it!
    Karen |

  • Yes! love this! Taking care of the planet is a MUST and I wish more people would educate their kids. However someone needs to educate most of the parents too. Sad to say that most adults don’t seem to care about the planet at all 🙁

  • We all need to do everything we can for our planet. Elmo used to be my sons favorite character when he was little.

  • Those little planters are adorable! My kids never got into Sesame Street. I loved it has a child, myself!

  • I love Sesame Street! And so do my kiddos 🙂 We spend a lot of time outside, as wannabe homesteaders (on our little city lot!) the kids and I spend a lot of time gardening and being in nature. It is wonderful! And so incredibly important.

  • Wonderful lessons! Great ideas about teaching kids about loving the environment!

    • By the way, I love the Sesame Pack Giveaway. That is such a great gift idea for families.

  • Fun and perfect ideas me and my kids always plant together and it’s always fun and easy

  • These are such fun ideas! I’ll have to try them out with my niece and nephew!

  • I loved Sesame Street as a child! My son is still too young to really understand what nature is at 8 months old, but I’m looking forward to him getting older and doing loads of outdoor activities. If you start them young, a love of nature will come naturally.

  • I grew up in the country too and hated it back then. What I would give to be back there now. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • When my kids were all we planted things and somehow the kids found a grub. The grub led to a huge discussion about living things and God’s creatures that I loved. It’s funny how introducing kids to nature teaches them so many lessons about life!

  • it’s so important to teach our kids at a young age about recycling and doing our part to help the earth out. So many people of this latest generation just act like they don’t care about anything

  • What wonderful ways to teach out children about nature. I grew up in the midwest as well amd feel people are really connected to the earth there. I guess its from all of the farming! I have planted a garden with my kids and they have a dirt box instead of a sand box!

  • It is very important to teach kids how to take care of the earth. If not we are all going to suffer the consequences

  • I love your simple and helpful tips! I recall when my daughter and I planted something together. She was in complete awe as she monitored the progress on the daily basis. A great way to teach them to love nature.

  • What a great way to get kids loving the Earth. My son is so excited to start a garden to grow plants.

  • I love these ideas! Jumping in the puddles! I am learning boys will get dirty!

  • We start getting the little ones involved with planting and taking care of the earth really early on. They help with watering and weeding. They love to get dirty that’s for sure. We talk about how we can limit or waste or re-use what we have as well. Every little bit helps!

  • Cute Earth Day ideas! Getting outdoors on any day is good for kids, and especially on Earth Day when you can take advantage of the moment and look closely at nature.

  • I grew up in the country too. As a child, I thought I hated it. I wanted to live in a city. Then I turned 18, left home and lived in several cities. 10 years after that, you know what happened? I moved back to my hometown. I hated living in the city. As that saying goes, ‘you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take country out of the girl’ that was completely me.

  • Those plants are so so cute – what a lovely way to teach your kids about plants.
    Sesame Street takes me right back to my childhood as well 🙂 x

  • I love the idea of planting a tree to teach kids about loving the earth. We recycle regularly in our home!

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