Our family loves being out doors and going for hikes. Even before my kids were old enough to walk we’ve had them out hiking and enjoying the outdoors. There’s no better way then to teach your kids about the outdoors than going for hikes and experiencing it first hand. It’s also a great opportunity to teach children about the environment and the importance of taking care of it too. With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, this weekend was the perfect opportunity to get the kids outdoors for a hike and then make Recycled Construction Paper Seed Starters. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the great outdoors, a great snack and a great craft?
Well, one of the keys to any successful hike with kids, is making sure that you have plenty of water and snacks to keep them energized.
And when it comes to snacks, of the things my kids really enjoy when hiking, is applesauce. There’s nothing quite like its sweet, yummy, liquidy goodness. What we’ve found are that the Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches are not only delicious, but also super convenient for us whenever we’re on the go. They are easy to find. We picked them up at our local Safeway store, and then we just stick them in a backpack and go. If we’re going on an especially hot summer hike, we chill them in the refrigerator for an extra cool, yummy treat.
Lily can carry these in her own backpack. She loves to carry her own things… It guess it makes her feel more grown up.
We love the fact that these Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches are nutritious. They are made with wholesome ingredients, our kids get another serving of fruit, & the pouches are BPA free. Did you also know that Tree Top is a grower-owned co-op, and has been a trusted brand for over fifty years? My family also love’s the fact that Tree Top is from our own beautiful state of Washington!
Well, after our hike, we weren’t done celebrating Earth Day. As a follow up activity, we decided to use some left over construction paper scraps along with some native wildflower seeds, and made Recycled Construction Paper Seed Starters. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages, and if your kids are into art as much as mine are, it’s a great way to re-purpose some of those scraps of paper.
- Construction Paper Scraps (or any paper scraps will work)
- Screens or Colander
- Cookie Cutters (if you want to create shapes)
- Native Wild Seed Packets
Step 1: Cut or tear the construction paper scraps into small pieces and put it into the blender. You could also use newspaper to make these.
Step 2: Add some water and pulse the blender. You will immediately be able to tell if you don’t have enough water. If the paper isn’t blending very well, just add a little bit more water.
Step 3: Place the cookie cutters on top of the screens. If you don’t have screens, you can use a colander & place the cookie cutter in the center of the colander.
Step 4: Place the pureed paper pulp into the cookie cutter. Press the paper pulp down to compress it to make it fit into your cookie cutter shape, and to also squeeze out the water.
Step 5: Sprinkle some of your wildflower seeds directly onto the paper pulp in your cookie cutters. Then put another thin layer of paper pulp over the seeds. This will help hold the seeds in place. We also sprinkled a few on top once our cookie cutter shapes were filled.
Step 6: Let them air dry.
Now, you’re ready to plant your Construction Paper Seed Starter or give them to a neighbor as an Earth Day Gift!
So much fun! We made ours with native wild flowers, and we can’t wait until they bloom.
Butterflies and Bees… get ready!
In effort to bring awareness to “Raising Good Apples”, Tree Top is partnering with the National Gardening Association’s KidsGardening.org to help educate kids on gardening. For every box of Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches purchased through 5/31 Tree Top will donate $1 to help KidsGardening.org to help build and grow youth gardens.
Plus, Tree Top is also having a giveaway!
Tree Top is giving away a “Kids Gardening Kit” to you!
Giveaway will be from Monday 4/20-Monday 4/27. Gardening kit includes the following:My Gardening Journal”, Red Tubrug pail, Kids gardening gloves, Watering can, Soft touch hand tool set, Favorite Five Sprouting seeds, and Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches.
Leave a comment below and tell me… what is your favorite outdoor activity with your family?