All of us should explain to our children that going green, respecting the earth and conserving energy is important. As a parent, it’s our job to teach them how to do just that. Below are some of the ways to do it.
Recycling and Reusing
Several activities will teach children how to recycle and reuse material. Start off by giving the kids a pair of work gloves and set them sorting out the family trash and putting the right types of recyclables in the right bins.
Have the kids go through some of the items you’ve set aside for recycling, and ask them how they can reuse each item. Maybe a plastic bottle can be made into a bird feeder or glass jars can be used for storing jewelry or craft items.
There are many kids’ books you can use to teach them about recycling, so head to your library to pick up one that will appeal to their age group, interests and reading style. After reading the books, ask the kids what they think our world would look like if we never recycled or reused items.
Organic Gardening and Composting
Kids love playing in the dirt. This is the perfect way to teach them about growing an organic garden. First, show them how to compost materials so they have the best possible nutrients for their plants.
Composting is fun for kids. Create garden compost in the backyard. Layer grass clippings, dead leaves and soil so that you can introduce them to organisms. If you live in a cold part of the country, put your compost pile in a sunny area. Use a pitchfork or shovel to turn your pile now and then.
To use items from your kitchen for the compost, use a small storage container or bin under the sink. Add materials like vegetables, coffee grounds and fruit peels. Never use oils or meats. Shake your container a few times a week, and let it sit out in the sun a few hours each day. The sun will help speed the process of composting. Always have the kids help by adding items too.
Next, plot a piece of your land for your garden. After turning up the soil, add some seeds or small plants. Next, add your well-rotted compost and water around each plant and on top of seeds.
Let your kids tend to the garden every day. This will show the kids how important it is to grow food and take care of them. They’ll then be able to sense accomplishment when they see their own food growing!
DCSASA.com is a great site with a water activity on conservation for kids. The kids can use a calculation method to see how much water they are using every time they take showers, flush the toilet and brush their teeth. The site uses a visual of water in gallons, so the kids can relate to how much water is used to perform normal daily activities.
Teaching your children about wildlife conservation is fun. Have your child pick an endangered species that interests them. Have them research the animal and come up with a little report on them. Include a picture of the animal, where it lives and what food it needs to survive. Have them tell you why that animal is endangered. Talk to your children about what would happen if this animal became extinct, and then brainstorm ways that they or others can help.
Help your kids learn how to save our planet by going green. Help them understand how this will help make it a better world when they grow up. If you make this responsibility your, then you can potentially impact the world in ways you never imagined.
Source : Livinggreenmagazine