Looking at the present state of our planet, it is immensely important for the kids to be aware of the Environment they live in. Kids should understand that recycling could help save the environment and also not to waste or litter anything around. They should learn that if we do not recycle , our earth will not be able to cope up and that would lead to the destruction of the natural habitats. If we give everything to kids, they think that the resources are limitless. It is our duty to educate them about the importance of finite resources which our available. It takes time but if you make a conscious effort from the beginning with your child, you will be able to teach him small steps towards protecting our planet.
Tips how to introduce recycling to your child:
Colour Code the Garbage bins :
You can have three bins. Colour code them into green, blue and yellow. Green bin can be for non recycling waste, blue for recyclable products like vegetable and fruit peels which you can use as fertilizer in the soil and yellow can be for paper waste, bottles , jars or aluminum cans. This is a wonderful way to teach kids waste management.
Activities which you can do with your child on recycling :
Newspaper and Sponge Tree:
Take bits of newspaper and stick them as the bark of the tree. Take a sponge and dip it in green colour for the leaves.
Upcycle plastic or aluminum containers:
You can use these containers and make pen stands. Decorate the container with colourful paper and let your little one paint on it. Also paper cups can be sued for doodling.
You can do lots of activities with egg crates , like colour sorting, making a caterpillar, a dragon, early math and alphabet activities.
Field Trip :
If there is a scrap center close to your house, you can take your child there and show him how they recycle the waste .
There are a lot of books available on recycling. Kids love listening to stories. Narrate a story to your child. My son’s favourite recycling book is Peppa Pig’s Recycling Fun!
Lead by example :
You should also be careful of how you are disposing the waste. The kids observe us and do exactly what we do. When you make an effort of disposing the waste properly, your child will definitely follow your steps.
If each one of us take small steps, teach our kids , we can definitely make a difference and conserve our planet.