Teaching children to be eco-friendly can be made simple and easily evolve into a routine family project. Since children love being helpful, teaching them the ways to be earth friendly can become a life long habit for them. The trick is just to get started.
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to get your child involved in household tasks. Recycling everyday objects like cans, bottles and paper is a good way to get your kids started on the road to good habits. Having a recycling receptacle with with easily identifiable separate bins will help the child perform the tasks on their own. When grocery shopping, bring along recyclable bags and maybe allow them to help bag the groceries.
Gardening is an excellent way to teach your children about the earth. Planting seeds, nurturing their growing plants, the effects of the weather and the eventual green bounty that result from their efforts, will help to encourage a child to want to continue the project. While you’re in the garden, you can also encourage them to compost left over scraps of food that will eventually turn back into the rich soil that will enrich the environment for their seeds again. A field trip to the farmer’s market or the grocery store can also give you an opportunity to have your child identify the produce that they are sustaining as well as show them what happens to their produce once it is harvested. It’s a chance to show them how people in their community and the world are fed.
Conserving energy in the house is another easy habit for your child to develop. Turning off the lights when leaving a room, turning off the water when brushing your teeth or even turning off the video game are just a few of the ways to teach your children to be responsible for their environment. Showing your kids how valuable a resource that water is to them and the environment can be one of the most important lessons that you can instill in your child. Household chores like loading the dishwasher, and the clothes washer only when full are good assignments to get them to take charge of. Guiding your children in the ways of good environmental habits can almost ensure that they will pay it forward.