Posted on 16 Dec by Admin | 3 min read
Habits are easy to cultivate when minds are tender and impressionable. This makes it easy to instill good habits in kids from an early age. Ensuring to lead sustainable lives is one of the biggest challenges that we face today. Striving to live eco-friendly in today’s environment isn’t the easiest thing. This makes it imperative to bring kids into that space and teach them of making eco-friendly choices. It’s hard enough trying to explain about a compost bin to your toddler, or why recycling and conservation are important. But sharing the importance of being environment-friendly is not only critical in shaping the next generation but also can help them stick to eco-friendly practices.
To start with, kids need to be trained on simple things that they can often do until it becomes their lifestyle. There are many ways you can teach your child to love the environment and take care of it.
Here are five ways to make sustainable living fun to learn:
1. Connecting with Nature:
The best way to begin on the journey of developing eco-conscious in your child is to take them outdoors. Instead of keeping them cooped up in the house, they should be taken to parks for playing, for fishing, for bicycle rides, on hiking trails or for camping. While your children will associate these outdoors with fun, it also will be easy for them to have respect for and adopt habits for conserving their environment.
2. Recycling at Home:
The most important lessons on how to conserve our environment begins at home. Adopting an established recycling routine at home is an excellent approach while teaching children how to care for the planet. Recycling cuts down significantly on the amount of non-biodegradable waste that we let loose on the environment. Children should be taught how it is done by adopting recycling at home. Teach them to segregate trash by having different bins for each type.
3. Growing your Vegetables and Fruits:
This helps children in learning how to care for plants and how they help to sustain life on the planet. Parents along with their kids can set up a small garden of fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, beans, cucumbers, peppers, or lettuce. And then, parents can introduce kids to how soil, water, and sun all work together to support life on the planet. You will also enjoy the produce of your labour by serving your great organic fruits and veggies on your dinner table.
4. Volunteering Together:
Participate in organized community events where the entire family volunteers to make the earth a better place to live. Many such events are hosted by eco-friendly organizations where volunteers gather together. For example, they may clean up polluted areas, planting trees, cleaning up in forests, and recycling. Volunteering also improves self-awareness in children. Children assimilate information faster especially during fun activities.
5. Love for Animals:
Taking care of pet animals teaches children how to care for the well-being of others. Children would first learn compassion if they are given the responsibilities of pets such as taking them for walks and feeding them. You can adopt a pet such as a bird, fish, cat or even a family dog. This helps them understand how important it is to keep the environment clean as pollution harms animals and makes it unsafe for them to live in their habitats such as waste in waterways that can harm fish.
These are some of the ways to ensure your child grows up to be an eco-conscious kid. Children are our planet’s future. Parents and teachers can teach them to do their part by taking one small step at a time. It is possible to nurture an eco-caring kid who values the planet and is committed to protecting its existence.Back to Blog