I’m sharing four easy steps to teach children how to recycle. Don’t forget to tell your kids we only have one beautiful Earth and we must take care of it.
Did you know that most children don’t know anything about recycling? As parents, it is essential we teach our young kids to recycle as early as possible. I have been teaching my girls about ways to protect our Earth since they were born since we only have this one big beautiful planet to live on. Recycling can be a confusing topic for children though.
Here are five easy ways to teach children to recycle:
1. Read a recycling story.
Stories have a strong influence on a child’s’ understanding about life and the world around them. It is easier to relate to a character or situation in a storybook and stories help us communicate important messages. Recycling can be a difficult topic to teach and discuss, but if you read a recycling story with your young kids, you have a better chance of them understanding the message. Head to the local library to borrow story books about recycling.
2. Talk about the importance of recycling for kids learned in the book and how it relates to life.
After reading a story, talk about the lesson learned about recycling to make sure that your child understands what was read. For example – ask your child, “What will happen if we don’t recycle?” “How can we recycle items in our home?” Walk around the house looking for things that can be recycled.
One of the most common kid-friendly household items that is actually recyclable is a juice box or juice pouch. Reinforce the idea that if we recycle our juice pouches, we make less trash to put in landfills around our planet.
3. Make a list of reasons you should recycle.
Since my children were little, we’ve taught them to care about our Earth – we only have one big planet to live on right? Littering is a forbidden act (Timeouts ensue) since litter harms the land and animals. Recycling is one way to ensure that our land and animals stay safe, as well as cutting back on pollution.
4. Decorate a small recycling bin.
Make recycling easier for your child! Together, decorate a small container so they feel like they have their own special recycling bin. The big blue recycling bin in the garage might be intimidating for some young children, but a personalized basket is easy and fun to use.
Teaching your kids about recycling is so great because not only does it help our planet, but it also creates positive behaviors with long lasting positive effects by getting children and their parents into a recycling routine early on in life.
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.