How To: Teach Your Children to Keep the Environment Clean

How To: Teach Your Children to Keep the Environment Clean

Every year on April 22, people all over the world celebrate activities that benefit the Earth and continue to increase a healthy, sustainable environment. This day, known as Earth Day, has been celebrated since 1970 and is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

Though it may have started long ago, Earth Day has become a celebrated tradition for many people. The beauty of this day is that it's never too late to start doing something to impact the world around you, specially if you have children! What we do to be kind to the Earth now will affect the future generations.

We all are familiar with the saying, “Children See, Children Do." Let's use this motto as guidance as we learn how to teach our children to keep the environment clean because every little thing they see you do, they will imitate. When you start making it a more sustainable environment, they are likely to as well.

So, have your kids throw on a pair of Jonas Paul's recycled kids sunglasses, head outside, and be kind to the Earth with some of the recommendations listed below!

1

Read a Book

Have your child read a book about the importance of the Earth - we love "It's Earth Day" by Mercer Mayer!

2

Update Your Routine

Implement some simple steps into your routine and have your children follow. A few ideas are:

  • Turn off the light when you leave the room
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your face
  • Unplug all electronics when not in use
  • Separarte trash so you can recycle paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic
  • Pack your child's lunch in reusable bags
  • Carpool with friends
  • Take shorter showers
  • Don't litter
  • Use refillable water bottles
  • Walk instead of driving, when possible

3

Play a Game

Turn environmentally kind activities into a game! Each time they follow one of these steps listed above, give them a star. When they do not follow the steps above, take away a star. By the end of the day, have them count their stars and whatever number they have, give them a treat! This will help your children to learn quicker, which in return will be one step closer to keeping the environment clean.

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Looking for a few tangible activities for Earth Day? We have some ideas.

Activities at Home

  • Create posters about the importance of being kind to the environment with your child that they can display at their school
  • Plant a fruit or vegetable garden
  • Teach your child these three words: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • REDUCE the amount of trash you make
    • REUSE things instead of throwing them out
    • RECYCLE paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum
      • Two fun facts:
        • Jonas Paul has some awesome recycled, eco-friendly kids sunglasses! So, you can do good and see well at the same time ;)
        • You can donate your old glasses to Jonas Paul and receive a store credit!
  • For your glasses-wearers, follow our receipe for a DIY eyeglass cleaner
  • Watch this video to see what happens to the ocean when we don't recycle:

Activities at School

  • Coordinate with your child's teacher clean up the trash for 30 minutes

Activities at the Park

  • Go to a local park clean up the trash for 30 minutes
  • Go on a Nature Walk
  • Host a picnic at your local park

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