If you’re a parent who is passionate about doing all that you can to preserve the environment that we live in, then you’ve probably already been pondering the kinds of things that you can do in order to teach your kids about how to be more environmentally aware. Sometimes, the challenge is showing them how to do it in a way that they will consider to be entertaining as you’re seeking to educate them.
If you’ve been looking for a few tips on how to do just that, we’ve provided five of them for you below:
Start a garden
A very healthy way to eat is to grow your own fruits and vegetables and a very effective way to education your children on the importance of organic living is to have them create a garden with you. If you want to start out small, TLC.HowStuffWorks.com has a feature article on how you can grow 66 things in a jar inside of your home. Just go to the website and put “66 things you can grow” in the search field.
Play outdoors with them more
Before cell phones and laptops, children looked forward to playing outside. That was a good thing because the natural light and fresh air was great for their overall health and well-being. So, make it a point to go outdoors with your kids to play some kickball, Hide-n-Seek or to go bike riding. Explain to them how healthy it can be to “unplug” from electronics (including the television) from time to time.
Set up some recycling bins
Things like paper and plastic are resources that we have to discipline ourselves to be more responsible with. One way to do that is to have bins where everyone in the family can throw away their paper and plastic items. One way to get your children excited about doing this is by asking them to design the signs to go on the front where the paper and plastic will go.
Time their showers
If you looked through some environmental data resources for ways that you can get your children more interested in being environmentally aware, one of the things that you might see is the importance of having them use less water. One way that you can teach them to do that is by telling them to turn off the faucet while they’re brushing their teeth. Another way is by placing a timer in the bathroom while they are showering. If they are able to finish up before the timer goes off and they can pass “the clean inspection” from head to toe, provide them with some kind of reward for their efforts. They’ll look forward to doing it every time.
Host a yard sale
One of the key things that comes with being “green” is finding smart ways to recycle used clothes and other household items. A way that you can do this is by hosting a yard sale. Ask your child to go through their own closet and toy chest to see what they wouldn’t mind donating to the sale. The money that is earned from their items can go into a piggy bank for a rainy day; that is sure to cause them to see being environmentally aware in a truly positive light.