With our beloved country in lockdown for 21 days, it got me thinking of some different home-based activities that we could do as a family this weekend. And, interestingly, since we’re all slowly but surely becoming more aware of our planet, how we treat each other and our impact on Earth, I find it so appropriate that tomorrow is #EarthHour.
Earth Hour is a wonderful opportunity to really learn about environmental issues and to find new ways to think about the world we live in and applying new ways of life after the lockdown has been lifted. Our planet is changing, and so should we.
In light of our nationwide lockdown and the global coronavirus outbreak, I’m so glad that earthhour.org came up with a bunch of ways we can still participate “virtually” on 28 March at 20:30.
Here are my 15 suggestions of how you can spend #EarthHour at home, or online, as a family and support our planet.
1. Switch off your lights for an hour
The easiest way to participate is to simply switch off all non-essential lights for an hour.
2. Have dinner-in-the-dark
Up the romance and eat dinner by candlelight, or play your favourite board game by candlelight.
3. Join Earth Hour virtually
Visit this page to follow live streams from across the world, including influencer Q&A sessions live performances and contests.
4. Camp in your backyard or living room
Turn your garden or living room into the next adventure – you can even make a tent with sheers, pillows and boxes if you don’t have one.
5. Eco-friendly fashion show
Spend the night dressing up and walk the living room runway in outfits made from recyclable materials.
6. Heads up!
My family and I love to play Heads Up! Try it – it’s loads of fun!
7. Practice some night-photography or try out “light-painting”
Why not test your photography skills and try taking portraits of your family and friends in low-light or candle-light! Earth Hour also has a useful guide on light-painting you can use.
8. Create your own putt-putt course with household items
If you can’t go out to play mini golf, bring the game inside and build your own course at home with empty bottles, buckets, or whatever you can find.
We love watching Minute-to-win-it and I think this is such a fun idea! Come up with 60-second challenges using recyclable materials such as paper, cans and plastic bottles. Here are a few ideas:
– Transfer 15 jelly beans from one plate to another using chopsticks
– Tape an empty tissue box to a player’s waist and fill it with ping pong balls; now try and shake the balls out using only your hips
– Place a cookie on a player’s forehead and they have to try eat it without using their hands
10. Dance the night away
Grab a set of headphones and turn the dining room into a silent disco. Need some inspiration for your dance moves? Check out the Earth Hour Tik Tok channel (@EarthHourOfficial) or check out the Earth Hour channel on Spotify for a cool playlist of nature-inspired songs.
11. Shadow puppet show
Switch off all the lights and put on a shadow puppet show. Cut out different paper animals, set up a stage using cloth and light and let the shadows come to life!
12. Indoor scavenger hunt
Hide treats and gifts early tomorrow and when Earth Hour hits turn off the lights and challenge your young ones to find all the hidden items within a certain time limit, using only a flashlight!
13. Write a letter to your future family
Write a letter to your future family selves about your sustainability goals.Do you want to stop wasting water or start recycling? This letter is a fun way to get the whole family on board with your eco-friendly family motives.
14. Create your own tie-dye clothes
If your kids are tired of boring white socks and t-shirts, spend the time to tie-dye them. All you need is a white piece of clothing, a bucket or a basin, water, rubber bands, some gloves, and different coloured dyes. Here’s a useful guide.
15. Do a science experiment at home
Use regular household items to do exciting science experiments at home. This page has some great ideas of what you can do.