There’s no better day to talk to your family about recycling than on Earth day.
Every time my six-year-old son says, “I’ve been recycling mom,” I have to brace myself, wondering what is going to come out of his little pockets or backpack. Believe me we have seen some interesting things in the name of “recycling.”
He discovered the term recycling at a young age and since then he has decided to call his obsession with junk “recycling.” The problem with his obsession is that not only does he want to pick up all the trash, but also insists on keeping it as his “treasures.” Thankfully, we have been able to channel his energy for junk collecting towards proper recycling. He loves it and is very passionate about it.
Let’s inspire our children and create awareness on how we can care for mother earth. Here are some helpful tips on teaching your kids about recycling:
1. Discuss some of the benefits of recycling: respecting and caring for the earth, conserving natural resources, saving landfill space for items that cannot be recycled, helping combat climate change.
2. Identify what is recyclable, what is not and why it is problematic to place non-recyclable items in recycling bins. If they are young, you may want to focus on a “Recycled Item of the Week” and keep adding to the list each week until you’ve gone through all the items you can recycle in your community.
3. Discuss some fun facts:
- “It takes 250 gallons of water to grow the cotton for just one T-shirt” is sourced in many places, including the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations.
- “Each year, Americans make enough plastic to shrink wrap Texas” comes from the California Department of Conservation’s Recycle publication. Download the PDF.
- “Recycling 1 million cell phones saves enough energy to power 185 American households for a year” comes from the EPA’s Recycle your Cell Phone.”
4. Recycling can be fun:
- Hold a Recycling Race with your family. Go to your nearby park and see how many items can be recycled.
- Have your kids think creatively about the trash they dispose of by finding ways to make a craft by repurposing items in your home.
- Here you can find some coloring pages to teach proper recycling.
- This is a fun online game to teach about recycling called Garbology.
In honor of Earth Day I want to share “2o Recycled Activities and Crafts for the Whole Family”: kid activities, home decor, recipes and more. I have spent some time perusing the world wide web for you and here are some fabulous recycled crafts to get your whole family enjoying some Earth-friendly fun.
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