Teaching Children about the Environment
In fairly recent years it has become more and more evident that we need to be doing more for the environment. Even small changes add up to big results. There are even small tasks that children can help with that will not only teach them the importance of caring for the environment but will also give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Some of our favorites include:
When you have children it’s common to find yourself in public places such as local parks and playgrounds. While you’re at the playground you can point out the miscellaneous trash that is left on the ground. As you point out the debris you can discuss with your children how it is harmful for the animals that could potentially eat it. Explain to them that garbage should always be put into a trash receptacle so that it can be handled properly. If you want to go above and beyond you could even bring a bag or two and some gloves and help clean up your favorite play area.
At Home Recycling:
One of the easiest ways to teach kids about recycling is to set up special bins at home. Once you have your recycling bins set up and labeled allow your children to start sorting your trash and other items. The kids find the task fun and they’ll learn an important lesson about waste. Depending on the types of items you regularly have in your home you can do cans for paper, plastics, aluminum cans, glass, etc. Express to your children how important it is to sort the items properly so that they will be processed at the recycling plant. Some items won’t be recycled if they’re not cleaned properly so you can let your children rinse and clean the recycling as well.
What kid doesn’t love playing with toy cars and trucks? You can use their interest in these items to teach them about the importance of vehicle recycling. In fact, there is an interesting quote from Jerry an automotive industry expert that I often like to share. Jerry states, “One thing we can do to really help the environment is recycle vehicles. Parents, and children should be educated on this matter. If 1 and 20 would recycle their old vehicles we would decrease pollution in general by at least 2% which is a fairly considerable number.” Think about how much air pollution the world generates, cutting back even if it is only 2% is still a massive amount.
Read a Story:
Children love a good bedtime story and thankfully quite a few of them come with a positive message. The Dr. Seuss book The Lorax is one of the best options when it comes to teaching your children about the environment and how it affects us all. As you read to them they’ll not only be entertained but they will also learn about how dangerous deforestation and pollution are. By teaching your children about the environment you will instill in them how important it is to care for the planet and to look out for our collective future even if it isn’t always easy.