Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids about Recycling at Home

28 Jan · Aaron Moir ·

Environment surrounds us all, and our impact toward it is reflecting back on our lives.

If we want to maintain the remaining of our natural resources on this planet, we ought to think on the present and the future lines.

Recycling is impacting our present and future, if we want our children to have a better future, we ought to teach them about it now.

We are going to present here some simple ways / ideas to teach our kids about recycling at home that were given to us by our friends from rubbish clearance London.

 

1 - Electronic Games:

Yes, you read it right, one of the most effective learning ways for children are games, especially e-games for this new generation, you can find a lot of online games, or other games with handy prices on the matter of recycling, for example:

  • National Graphics Kids is offering Recycle Roundup as an online game, free to play, and it teach the children about recycling.
  • Recycle Rangers is a match up mobile game, available for Android users.
  • Race to Recycle is another mobile games, available on iOS, it gives many useful recycling`s information during play.

 

2 - Toys:

Toys

Every child love toys, there are plenty of educational toys on recycling topic, including blocks shapes & figures, board games, and others.

Also you can manage to make a DIY (Do It Yourself) project with your child, and it will be wonderful if you make a toy using some recycled items.

 

3 - Books & stories:

Books & stories

Books are a powerful learning resource for adults and children, if you want to encourage your child on reading and engage him on the recycling concept on the same time, buy him related books.

Read a book for your child before sleeping as a bed time story, or discuss the book content with him, try to throw some practical information in your discussion, the result will be observed.

The above picture is a collection of children`s recycling books, based on The Jenny Evolution list.

 

4 - Apply "Recycling" to your life:

Apply Recycling to your life

Our children are so intelligent, they are always watch our behaviors, how we manage our lives, and how we treat things.
When you want to teach children about something; it is essential to apply the idea on yourself:

  • Always make sure your house have a good clearance of the garbage and rubbish.
  • Let the children participate in your decisions toward recycling, always have a talk with them to discuss the issue, our children brains are more intelligent than we know.
  • Tell your children about how your family benefited from recycling, show them the results, tell them they had also a role regarding the achieved results, a good impact will motivate them to continue their efforts.
  • Tell your children about how your family benefited from recycling, show them the results, tell them they had also a role regarding the achieved results, a good impact will motivate them to continue their efforts.
  • Buy recycled products and show the child the mark of recycling on the product, if available.
  • Use notebooks made of recycled paper, tell them about it.

 

5 - Movies:

Movies

There are a lot of children’s cartoons that talk about recycling, watching movies with presented ideas, stick to a child`s mind for a long period.
There are many resources available for children`s recycling cartoons, for example you can find plenty on YouTube like:

  • Environmental Conservation, The 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respond.
  • The 3 R's for Kids.
  • Recycle – a Wonder Groove educational short clip.
  • How to Care for the Environment – a science video for kids.
And here are two additional interesting videos to watch, made by National Geographic:
  • I Didn't Know That: Recycling Steel.
  • I Didn't Know That: Making Art From Recycled Glass.

Learn these tricks and be a better parent. Every parent should be aware of these facts and then implement them to make both the baby’s and their own life that much simpler and more enjoyable. One day you won’t be needing them, but till then, learn and practice.

Aaron Moir

My work explores the relationship between parents and their children.