Activities for Kids to Learn About Sustainability
Sustainability has a rather broad definition depending on who you ask. But it all comes down to the impact we have on the earth. Talking about sustainability with children is important because the early habits they establish now can have a more positive impact on the environment.
However, it can be tricky to teach kids about sustainability. It’s easy for some children to focus, especially on important issues like taking care of the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun hands-on activities you can do together to teach them about recycling and being more resourceful. Here we’ll look at several activities for kids to learn about sustainability.
1. Separate Recycling at Home
Recycling significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions as it takes less energy to break down and re-use materials than to create new objects. Separating recyclables at home is a great place for your kids to start learning about sustainability. Be sure to have receptacles that are clearly labeled into materials that can be recycled, such as plastic, glass, aluminium, and paper. You can even give small rewards like stickers to your children when they correctly separate recyclables.
2. Grow a Garden Together
Starting a garden is another fun activity you can do with your children to learn about sustainability. It’s also a great way to get them outside. Start small with a few plants using seeds from a local nursery or farmer’s market. You can even grow some fruits and vegetables depending on how much space you have. Once these are grown, you can use them to prepare meals or desserts with your kids.
3. Find Ways to Reuse Old Things
Kids love to participate in crafts. Use that to your advantage by finding creative ways to reuse old things or recyclables into new things. Some examples include turning plastic bottles into bird feeders, repurposing aluminium cans into pencil organisers, and creating fun works of art from paper. The possibilities of what you can do with recyclables is practically endless.
4. Use More Sustainable Alternatives
Chances are your home has plenty of things that have more sustainable alternatives. It’s estimated that 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. One way to help cut down on this waste is to use reusable grocery bags or switch over to biodegradable plastic bags that biodegrade faster in landfills. Disposable utensils like straws are another example of things that introduce more waste into the environment. As your child learns more about sustainability, see if they can identify other objects around the house that have more sustainable alternatives.
5. Read Together
Reading to your children is one of the best things you can do to help them develop their language skills and expand their understanding of the world around them. Reading books that touch on sustainability is a fun activity to help your children learn more about the environment and what they can do to have a more positive impact. Be sure to choose books that are appropriate for their level.
Guest Author’s Bio
Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and health care. He has used his knowledge and experience to work for clients as diverse as Biogone, MyHome Clean and Me Bank to help them reach their business goals.