How To: Teach Your Children to Keep the Environment Clean

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Every year on April 22, people from all over the world will celebrate activities that will benefit the Earth and continue to increase a healthy, sustainable environment. This is called Earth Day. The day first began in 1970 and has been celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. Learn more here: Earth Day

Though it may have started long ago, it has become a celebrated tradition and it is never too late to start doing something this year. Especially if you have children! What we do to the Earth now, will affect the future generation, AKA your children. So let's celebrate Earth Day for kids!

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 may too. We have put together a list of activities for you and your child to honor Earth day and forward!

For starters, have your child read a book about the importance of the Earth - we love "It's Earth Day" by Mercer Mayer

Next, implement these simple Steps into your routine and have your children follow:

  • Turn off the light when you leave the room
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or washing face
  • Unplug all electronics when not in use
  • Separate 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 drive, when possible.

To better ensure that your children will follow these steps, make it into a game! Each time they follow one of these steps, give them a star. When they do not, 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:

  • Go to a local park and clean up the trash
  • Organize a clean up day at your child’s school
  • Create posters for your children to display at their school
  • Plant a fruit or vegetable garden
  • Go on a Nature Walk
  • Host a picnic at your local park

Lastly, teach them these three words:

  1. Reduce: The amount of garbage you make.
  2. Reuse: Things instead of throwing them out.
  3. Recycle: Paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.
Reduce Reuse Recycle

Great video to really see what happens to the ocean when we don't recycle.

And of course, celebrate delicious dirt cups! Mothering with Creativity has the perfect recipe for you to use.

Finally, let your little one enjoy this time outside while making an impact with kid's eco-friendly sunglasses! What do you say? Are you and your child ready to save the Earth?

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