Raising Earth-Friendly Children

These days, most adults are well-versed in ways to respect and protect the environment. But what about the younger generation? Here, from Smart Playrooms, are some fun, easy ways to get involved in earth-friendly activities that your kids can be a part of, too.

Plant a Tree. By fostering trees, children can help reduce gas emissions from greenhouses and enable long-lasting biodiversity in their communities. This activity is appropriate for school-aged children as it is incredibly impactful but fairly simple to execute.

Host a Garage Sale or Clothing Swap. For many people, the things they don’t want or no longer need take up a lot of space and resources. Repurposing these items for those who can use them is an earth-friendly way of reinforcing recycling and generosity. Garage sales are fairly easy to coordinate and can be done at home or even in a school setting. Children can take the time to de-clutter their spaces and find a home for their old toys and clothes.

Community Clean-Up. Assembling a group of children together to pick up trash and waste in your neighborhood is a fun way to reduce pollution. This hands-on and collective effort beautifies local neighborhoods and bonds everyone in the process. Be sure to review your neighborhood’s restrictions and safety guidelines to protect both children and adult volunteers. Make sure you’ve carefully delegated tasks and your clean-up route to use your time efficiently.

Build a Birdhouse. Nature crafts are always a kid-favorite. Installing birdfeeders encourages the local bird population. To create the birdhouse, use recycled materials from home like guitar strings or juice cartons to drive home the importance of reuse. This is a project that will allow your children to express themselves creatively while nurturing our ecosystem.

Coordinate an Energy Conservation Campaign. Talk to your child’s school about coordinating a period during the school day to shut off the lights and computers in the classroom. Turning off the lights is not only relaxing, it shows children the importance of saving energy.

 

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