There are three Magic Rs to helping the environment; reduce, reuse and recycle. Reducing your environmental impact is easier than you may think. As we discussed in last week’s blog, children get very engaged and excited about the idea that they can make a difference. An open discussion about environmental impact can make a big difference in a child’s outlook and their actions.
Reducing does not just pertain to the amount of tangible items you use, it also refers to energy and water as well. When you turn your lights off when leaving a room you are reducing the energy you use. When you take shorter showers or a bath you are using less water. When you carpool with a friend you are using less gas. These are all small examples of how you can quickly reduce your environmental impact; not to mention your monthly payment!
Getting children involved in reducing is easy and fun. In our house we make it into a game. Who can remember to turn off the water when they are brushing their teeth? Who gets to turn off the light when we leave the room. We even played a game to see who created the least amount of trash in one day (this was fun but not a game for younger kids, unless you want to keep track of everyone’s garbage!).
Another great way to reduce your environmental impact is to garden and compost. My children and I created an Earth Day garden last year that reminded us to celebrate the Earth all year long. Planting new plants helps to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and put more oxygen in. Compost takes organic matter and breaks it down into nutrient rich soil. By transforming trash you would otherwise throw in the garbage into soil you are taking a huge step towards reducing your waste!
All of these ideas are extremely child friendly. My kids help to spearhead many of these projects themselves. Kids often take a sense of ownership over small house hold projects knowing they have the power to make a difference. However if you are looking for a quick and cute way to bring an Earth Day project to life there are many small activities you and your child can work on together.
Below is a list of fun ways to develop an art project using your old items.
Written By Nicole Rowley