Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Ideas for Teaching Kids to Be Environmentally Kind

by helenonthesofa (follow)
Check out my Weekend Notes articles here: www.weekendnotes.com/profile/160877
Environment (2)      Nature (2)      Green (1)      Eco Friendly (1)      The World (1)      Earth Hour (1)     
There's an old Indian proverb, that says that, 'we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.' This proverb suggests that our own actions and treatment of the planet, will have an impact on the world our children live in, and all all future generations. It's therefore an important issue to bring up environmentally aware children who'll look after the planet so that future generations can long continue to enjoy the wonders that the world holds.

Photo: Nasa, Wikipedia

As parents, we are often considered the greatest role models for our children and 'green thinking' can certainly start in the home with ourselves setting the best examples of 'how it is done'.

If you're not sure on where to start, here's ten ideas to go green with your children.

1) No littering
Teach your children about where their rubbish should go, both in the house and out and about. It's an easy one to conquer when they are young, and will mean that as they get older, they're more likely to be responsible about their own rubbish.

2) Recycle
Have a recycle bin in your home and teach your child about what can be recycled and what can't. You can get children involved in this from a very early age, by asking them to take certain items to the bin for you, and explaining which ones can be recycled and which ones can't. As a further idea, look out for open days at your local refuse centre which are often a free, fun filled days with a side dose of environmental education too.

Photo: Krdan, Wikipedia

3) Volunteer together
Lots of volunteering activities can be undertaken as a family, and it can be lots of fun to demonstrate to your child the importance of giving back to the community. If you're wishing to stick to the 'green' theme, then seek out beach clearing and community clean up days where many families come together for greater good.

4) Plant a tree
Find out where your local charitable tree planting areas are, and head out as a family to grow something sustainable for the future.

5) Switch off lights
Teach your children to switch off lights after they have left a room. Not only is this kinder to your energy bill, it's teaching kids to be responsible for their own energy consumption. From this early lesson of light switches, you can build up to making sure they keep appliances switched off that aren't in use and become more energy aware as they mature.

6) Don't waste water
Explain to your children about water conservation and show them concepts such as turning the water off when they are brushing their teeth (between rinses). As they get older encourage showers over baths, and look for ways that children can be involved in water saving at home.

7) Compost/worm farm
A great way to show children about the different uses of typical household waste products, is by creating a compost heap or a worm farm. Get them involved in the project and show them how unwanted kitchen scraps can be used for greater good.

8) Grow vegetables
If you've got a compost heap or worm farm, then a great way to use these to their best advantage is to grow your own and use your home made compost to help your produce bloom and flourish. Kids will enjoy learning how vegetables are grown, and by showing them a great use for compost, they'll be more likely to stay involved in the project.

9) Earth Hour

Throw an Earth Hour party every time this event comes round and use it as an impetus to discuss the environment with your kids. Some great resources for hosting your own family (or larger scale) event can be found here

10) Enjoy nature

Get out their and enjoy the outdoors

One of the greatest ways to get your children to care about the environment is for them to love the world around them so much so that they want to preserve it themselves. Get off the video games, switch off the TV and get out into wide open natural spaces, and let your kids enjoy the world that they are apart of.

How do you help your kids go green?

#Eco Friendly
#The World
#Earth Hour
I like this Article - 4
[ print friendly ]
Share: email  facebook  twitter
More Articles by helenonthesofa
When you're training your toddler to go to the toilet on their own, you'll know that it can be a tr...
I likely should preface this article by saying that I am somewhat of a natural born worrier, but eve...
It is well documented that child obesity is on the rise with adult obesity not faring much better
Vegetables are an important part of everyone's daily food intake, and healthy eating habits develope...
Birthday cakes are often the centrepiece for any kids party, and as tastes change almost every year,...
Taking your kids out to a theme park, is great way to have fun as a family and there are some great ...
view all articles by helenonthesofa
Articles by helenonthesofa on Other Hubs
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 15356
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
One way of cutting the cost of having a baby is to get some of your baby items second hand
If you're looking for cheap baby goods for your baby, here are some excellent stores you can go to t...
Letís be honest; everything you could ever need to know can be found on the internet
When the clocks change, or in summer months, it can be difficult if your baby wakes extra early ...
Let me begin by pressing rewind and explain how our bed time battles began
Have you ever found yourself up in the middle of the night with a sick child? They might have a ragi...
If your little one has bad nappy rash, they probably feel totally miserable
4 answers
IPads are a great way to keep kids busy on long journeys or while waiting for appointments
by Jane
The bathroom is one of the rooms that you canít stay away from
I love crystals and have a few in my collection, so when junior got a Crystal Growing Kit for Christ...
Parenting (148)
Play (86)
Tips (45)
Eating (31)
Travel (27)
Safety (21)
Sleep (11)
Featured on Other Hubs
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version