Fun Stuff To Do at Home To Switch Off For Earth Hour

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It is Earth Hour once again and it is time to switch off the lights at home for an hour to be one with a lot of people all over the world who joined hands to help save our Earth. We have been participating with Earth Hour since the little man is 2 years old and even when he is just a little tot, it was never too early to educate him about helping save our Planet Earth and lending his stubby, little hands to make a difference.

You might think it will be quite boring to turn off everything for an hour, lights at home, gadgets and the telly, but come to think of it, there are a number of fun and enjoyable stuff you can do with your little ones while you switch everything off for an hour in honor of Earth Hour and Mother Earth, here are a few suggestions you might want to try:

  • Observe and count stars ~ they have always illuminated the night sky, but when was the last time you stopped from your busy schedule to look up and count the stars. Little tots will absolutely enjoy this activity and will help with their counting, too!
  • Tell scary stories ~ this used to be a favorite pastime for children of earlier generation, but for children in this day and age, this is quite a novelty and something that they will truly enjoy. Take turns exchanging scary stories. The total darkness will help contribute to the eerie and creepy tales.
  • Play With Your Shadows ~ if you have a little child that is simply fascinated with shadows {like mine}, this will prove to be something he will appreciate. Take turns in making or spotting those shadows. You can also tell stories while you are at it.
  • Participate in an Earth Hour event in your city ~ we only stayed at home to observe Earth Hour the previous years, but a local mall is hosting their very own Earth Hour event this year, so am seriously contemplating on giving it a try. I am sure it will be more exciting to celebrate Earth Hour with people of like mind who share our passion to help save the Earth. Check with your local malls for their very own Earth Hour events. Robinsons and SM Malls organize interesting activities people can participate in during Earth Hour.
  • Camp out in your living room ~ camping out is something every kid and kid-at-heart will enjoy. Set up your child’s tent in the living room and camp out there during Earth Hour. If you do not have a tent, you can always improvise with a blanket or a big piece of cloth to create a  makeshift tent. 

To know more about Earth Hour and for tips on how you can participate, do not forget to hover over Earth Hour’s website,

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Last Saturday, joining a lot of other families worldwide, lights, + everything electrical in the house, were turned off in observance of Earth Hour. For one solid hour we reveled in the darkness, illumined by our flashlight + the purple electronic candle (the ones where you blow into the candle to turn it on + off), my good friend, Chris, gave me last Christmas. Jared, in his playpen for safety measures, lest he will be running in the dark + Mum will have to run after him, decided to tackle his book yet again + pretend-read while we lit him with the flashlight. We stayed in our room with my sibs, Ken + Bel, as the hour wear off.

Earth Hour is something I’d like to make as a yearly family tradition. It is not only a perfect way of doing what little thing I can to help battle climate change, but is also a great avenue to teach my son to be eco-friendly too. He’s not asking much yet, being little still, but I know for sure that by next year he will begin to ask why we turn off the lights for one hour every last Saturday of every March + I’d be more than delighted to teach him the ways of the world, so to speak, the world where everyone is doing his share to help clean + eventually save Mother Earth. Sounds Utopian right, but with every little step we take, one earth-friendly deed at a time, one person at a time, I know you’ll agree with me when I say it is quite achievable. I only wish people in our rural neighborhood will find it in their hearts to participate next year, maybe I can start a campaign to promote it? Hmm, sounds like a good idea, well, let’s see….

Meanwhile, we’ve also found Earth Hour a great time to take nice pictures, come look at our photos taken by my sis, Isabel:


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i am proudly committed to earth hour

I am happy to announce that I am:

In my personal mission to do whatever little way i can for the environment, I will be participating in this year’s Earth Hour + I hope you do too.

Mark your calendars, ladies, at 8.30PM, Saturday 26th of March 2011, let us all join hands + switch our lights off for Earth Hour. Meanwhile, show your support by spreading the news, wearing the banners + the badges on your blogs + actually participating on the day of the event. Go to Earth Hour site for details and more info. This is one worthy cause each of us ought to participate, anyway, Earth is the only one we’ve got + we ought to do whatever we can to protect + love it.

So see you all on the 26th as we turn the lights off for Mommy Earth!

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