One common thread between all of us at Present Day Moms, is that we want our children to have an appreciation for the environment and know the importance of giving back. One of the things we feel very passionate about is keeping our ocean and beaches clean.
According to the non-profit organization, Take 3 for the Sea, an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. This plastic contaminates our air, land, sea and can enter the human body through the food that we eat, the water we drink and the air we breath. So next time you are visiting a waterway, we encourage you to join the movement and take 3 items of plastic off the beach and put it in the recycling or trash can.
Since we are fortunate enough to live by the beach, and spend so much time there, we wanted to encourage the kiddos to take a moment and collect as much trash as they could before they got to play in the waves.
We packed up a couple of metal buckets (but anything would work) and started our search for plastic and garbage. The first thing we found was a plastic shovel, which came in quite handy. There were water bottles, kids sand toys left behind, bottle caps, scraps of plastic, and more.
With three buckets full, the kids were able to see what they could recycle and/or toss in the garbage. If you don’t live by the beach, this activity can be done at the park or on a walk around the neighborhood. It’s just too easy to plan a clean up activity to improve the environment and your community.