Go red, white, blue...and green this Fourth of July

As you’re celebrating our country’s birthday, why not show it a little love and try to go a little easier on its resources? It’s a great lesson for the kids on taking care of the “land that I love.”

The Sierra Club offers some ideas on how to make your barbecue a little greener, including buying local produce to reduce your carbon footprint, and asking guests to bring their own reusable picnic ware to cut down on waste. You can find other green Fourth tips on earth911 and Just Energy.

And instead of buying more red, white and blue decorations, you can still make your bash festive by using things you already have, like white holiday lights, flowers from your garden, or DIY crafts made with household items.

Enchantedlearning.com offers a whole bunch of craft ideas good for young kids (we may have to try the paper star wreath), while apples4theteacher.com has educational resources, including the history of Independence Day, famous speeches, puzzles and crafts.

Happy Fourth!

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