Sustainability is a big word and an even bigger concept for children to understand. But it’s important to teach them what it means and how to contribute to helping the environment and the planet. Start by modeling the basics, such as minimizing your trash (the first “R” in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” sustainability mantra!) and maybe planting and watering your own vegetables. Take it a step further with these fun, educational sustainability activities for kids.
1. Make recycling a game.If you already have separate bins for trash and recycling, turn recycling into a sorting game. Designate different boxes for paper products, plastic, cans, and glass — you can even print off or create your own signs to put on the boxes, with pictures of common items that would go in each one. Then, get sorting!
2. Compost.Composting isn’t just environmentally friendly; it’s also a cool science project. Keep the bin outside and follow this quick how-to:
- Line the bottom of the bin with twigs, top them with leaves, and add some water
- Add food scraps, such as carrot and potato peels, apple cores, coffee grounds, egg shells, and bread crust on top of the leaves, and again, add some water
- Alternate leaves and food scraps a few times
- Once the bin is full, mix everything around each week
- Observe how everything changes and starts to break down
- After 3 – 12 months, use your compost in the garden or potted plants