As children are the future of the world, there is no better time to get teach them about sustainability than now. Allowing children to learn about the earth and the environment at a young age will allow them to establish healthy habits at a young age and make an impact on the world’s environment. To get your kids started in understanding sustainable habit, keep these simple tips in mind.
We all know that children can’t sit still for more than twenty minutes, therefore it’s important to keep lectures short and playtime long. The best way for children to learn is through activities that allow them to release their creative flow and utilize problem solving and critical thinking skill. Afterall, we all learn from making mistakes and trying again. When teaching your kids about sustainability, choose projects and activities (such as arts and crafts) that will allow them to see how the world works in front of their eyes.
Compost & Recycling
Healthy habits and practices begin with you. As children are constantly looking up for adults around them, they tend to watch and follow your every move. In order to teach your kids healthy habits, begin by doing them yourself. Incorporate different bins for recycling, such as paper, plastic and food compost. This will allow your children to understand different types of materials and where they go. This simple step will allow children to start small, and begin asking questions.
Gardening is a great hands-on activity to incorporate for sustainability learning. Children are able to learn about the importance of plants. Gardening is great because kids are able to contribute and watch their plants come to life, while understanding the cycle. They’ll be even more excited once their product is ready for eating or decor. This activity also allows children to learn about the different aspects needed for a healthy earth cycle (such as water, sun, etc.), while allowing them to gain responsibility.
Children tend to become influenced by the things they see and hear on TV, and they especially like animals. The typical science channel may be a little too complex for younger children to understand, but reading books and watching movies about the earth can leave a significant impact on their minds, leading them to want to learn more. Keep them engaged by coming up with monthly themes. For example, one month can be around the theme of animals, where you can read a book, watch a movie, and maybe visit the zoo.