Teaching Your Kids to Recycle
We want our planet to still be here when our grandkids are running around so we need to teach our kids how to recycle and be green. Here are some simple ways to teach our kids how to recycle.
#1: Read Some Books on Recycling
A great way to start is to read up on it. Once you’re done reading about it, talk about it. Let them know of some ideas you have to start, have the kids come up with their own ideas and go from there. A good book for kids about recycling is Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel.
#2: Create Some Personalized Bins
Create recycling bins for things like paper, glass, and plastic. Have the kids decorate them however they’d like with images of what will go inside each bin. This is will help the little ones easily identify what goes in each bin.
#3: Make a Game of It
Show them how to repurpose items like plastic bottles for games they can play. Try collecting some plastic bottles and turn it into lawn bowling or wind up and toss the ball into a tower. This will get their creativity going and they will start thinking of other ways to repurpose things.
#4: Check Out a Recycling Center
Have your kids meet the people at your local recycling center. The people who work there can teach your kids about the process of recycling and show them what they make as well. This hands-on experience will help make recycling more personal.
#5: Make a Compost Heap
You can add to kids’ recycling education by telling them about waste materials and how they can be transformed into garden soil. Making compost and seeing the results is another of the fun ways of teaching kids to recycle.
#6: Light Pollution
Kids like having responsibility and being made to feel important. Give them a boost by putting them in charge of making sure lights are off in rooms that are unoccupied.
Saving energy is critical to the planet and most people don’t think about how much energy and water is needed to run your dishwasher. Let your child help you wash some dishes – it’s good training for the future!
#8: Eco-friendly Lunch Packs
Have kids go with to pick out eco-friendly lunch bags and water bottles. You can even have them pack their own lunches in eco-friendly containers.