Earth day may be two months away, but it’s always a great idea to teach your children valuable eco-friendly lessons! Learning how to take care of our planet at an early age creates positive lifelong habits. Here’s how you can talk to your kids about being kinder to the place we call home, and why it’s important!
Lead by example
Children learn best by interacting with and watching you. Be sure to show your child that you practice living green by articulating your positive actions through words. Turning reusing and recycling into a positive and fun thing is a great method to teach your children how to live green. Try saying things such as, “this item would be perfect to make something new! Let’s put that in the recycling.”
Create an eco home
Make it easy and fun for your children to follow green living practices by setting up a bin recycling system. Set up individual bins around your home for recyclable cardboard, paper, glass, cans and plastics. Make labeling the bins an art activity by using their drawings to illustrate what should be placed in each bin and they will feel part of the solution.
Books and movies
Show your children the wonder of the natural world and and they’ll want to protect it! Choose engaging books or movies about our earth. There are many movies and books with environmental themes and animal stories, including The Lion King! Snuggle up and learn together.
Take a walk
Pointing out nature doesn’t require long hikes deep into the woods. Even a short jaunt around a local park can set the right stage for learning. .On your next walk, talk about the books and movies you’ve shared about nature. Point out similarities and draw connections between what you’ve learned and what’s happening right in your surroundings.
Plant a tree or garden together
Planting a garden can teach your family the cycle of nature. Show them how to look after the garden, how to plant and look after the environment around the garden. You could set aside time each day to check on your garden together, and talk about how to keep it healthy.
Do you practice green living at home with your children? Share your tips and ideas in the comments below!