Easy environmental awareness activities for kids? – Did we know, life will take a detour and we would be sitting inside four walls, watching the world in a standstill situation for over a year? No one imagined this, it was all like a part of some sci-fi fiction flick Hollywood made so proudly years ago. But, then here we are sitting inside our homes, working in an unconstructed 24/7 work-from-home situation. Relatively, in the same manner, no one knows what will happen when the environment starts reacting to our mistreatment.
It’s been a while, we (mankind) have been talking about sustainable environmental solutions, and a great amount of work has also been done in this domain. But is that enough? When we talk about “leaving a better world for the future generations”, we forget to involve the current younger generation in that crusade. I have listed 4 environmental activities for kids to teach them about sustainability.
1. Nature walks with Kids – Environmental Awareness Activities –
With my experience as a parent of a growing kid, I have learned any new teaching based activity should be easy and interactive. Keep it simple! Go on nature walks with your child, talk to them about plants, animals, environment, and the entire ecosystem in a non-shoving it on the face manner.
When you involve them in the discussion they will get equally interested and start gathering information about the topic. This means, research! Keep the discussion around the environment, starting from easier to difficult subjects. We kept it very easy and talked about soil quality, soil for plants, soil erosion, deforestation, etc. during our walks in the evening. Explain the need of acting now rather than just focusing on teaching them about environmental sustainability.
Read about Best low maintenance Indoor Plants for smaller places, here.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Refuse –
We know the benefits of recycling used products very well, not just it saves cost but also brings a sense of responsibility to own up a part in the environment. Teach by example to reduce the waste generated, start composting the organic waste (if possible at home). Reduce buying stuff that is not essential, create a minimalist eco-system. Do not deprive them of genuine demands, but keep it realistic.
Reuse the old stuff by either recycling or switching to sustainable options. You may also get creative and add some DIY magic to reuse in the craft. Glass bottles instead of plastic pet bottles, steel tiffin boxes are much better than plastic ones, due to the non-invasive qualities of steel. Reuse kitchen water for watering plants or washing stuff, ask them to be part of this process.
Recycle – follow the symbol of recycled products and emphasize no single-use plastics in your household.
Refuse – I have introduced “to refuse” in our household to the items/urges that harm the environment. Say NO to the shortcuts, buy organic products with zero radicals, say no to plastic bags and carry your own cloth bag.
3. Calculating your Carbon Footprint Activity for Kids –
What is the carbon footprint? The amount of carbon dioxide released into the air, due to our energy consumption. We all are guilty of harming the environment, so why blame it only on technology and energy consumption. Ask yourself three simple questions, and check if you are energy efficient?
- Do you close all electrical appliances and switches that are not in use?
- How much water do you use throughout the day?
- Do you unplug the not-in-use power adapters?
Inadvertently, we all commit these mistakes, despite being conscious of the environment. Run a small quiz to calculate carbon footprint with your kids, here. Source – https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/
4. Grow your own Food –
This may not look feasible option for many, living in the smaller flats/spaces but in future it is going to be our reality. With open spaces dying a slow death every year, due to various reasons it is time to teach kids – basic farm activities. Start with simple indoor gardening, teach them the lifecycle of plants by introducing to different seeds and potting details.
We can teach kids anything only when we practice it ourselves, talking about the alternative ways to save environment is a right start. Keep communication simple and directed toward creating awareness and not push them change. The more you push, farther they go from the cause.
With this post, I have completed the 3rd chapter of the #CauseAChatter campaign by the Blogchatter. I absolutely enjoyed writing and researching about environment-friendly ways to live. It is possible, only if we wish to change. I have tried it, and pretty happy with my small acts of kindness to nature.
This post is also part of Blogchatter Half Marathon challenge.‘
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