April 22nd is Earth Day, and this will be the 40th anniversary of this holiday of environmental awareness. In honor of Earth Day, I'm going to post something about teaching children to appreciate the environment every day for the next week.
This isn't the most important thing to do, in my opinion (bigger ideas coming next), but one thing my family enjoys is playing environmental themed games, and Earthopoly is one of our favorites. Just like Monopoly, you move around the board and have a chance to buy properties, but here the properties are natural environments. You then collect carbon credits and can trade them for clean air.
There is also Oceanopoly, Garden-opoly, and Animal-opoly, but we haven't tried those.
Add a little environmental twist to your family game night - especially perfect for celebrating Earth Hour, I think (if you have natural beeswax candles to see by, of course).