Although your children may be young now, one day they will inherit the Earth. When that time comes, they should know to care for this planet. This knowledge and understanding begins with you, their parent. While there is some information being provided in school about being more environmentally friendly, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is up to you to pick up this slack and provide your little one with the necessary resources and skills. Here are some of the ways you can make your child more environmentally friendly:
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Lead by Example
You may have noticed that your child wants to do everything that adults want to do. This is why it is up to you to exhibit the behaviour that you want your little one to learn. If you really want them to start being more conscious about the environment, you are going to have to show them how to do it. Prior to lecturing your child, you need to show them that you are capable of practicing what you preach. Also, your child is going to be a lot more excited to take part in eco-friendly activities if you are already doing it.
Arts and Crafts
One of the most important lessons that you can teach your little one is about how one item can be used many times over. There is no better way to showcase this than with a little arts and crafts project. Grab a couple of items that you have already used and discuss what these products are made of. Then ask your kid if he or she can come up with another way to use the item. Be encouraging, and acknowledge all of the answers provided. Then you and your child, together, should come up with a way to use all of these items. The more creative, the better.
Talk to your little one about how much garbage they throw away each day. Show them pictures of dump sites and talk about the negative consequences of accumulating trash in such areas. It is up to you to introduce them to different methods of waste management. Make sure that they are included in the process of finding a different way of getting rid of the garbage. You should also try to come up with ways of throwing away less. Remember to always let your little one contribute to the ideas.
Use the Outdoors
A great way to get children involved in giving back to the environment is with starting a garden. You can start small. Plant a few plants and trees in the beginning. Get your child participating with the maintenance and upkeep of the garden. You can also use bird baths, bird feeders, and other flowering plants to attract wildlife. Explain to your little one the role that each and every one of these creatures plays in the ecosystem. It is important to get them to understand the need to sustain and encourage life and growth. It is also a great for you and your child to bond.
These are just some of the ways that you can teach your child about being more eco-friendly. It will be an important lesson that they will not soon forget.