Today’s Earth Day tips are all about how to teach your kids to live green lives:
Explain to your children that lights, computers, televisions and furnaces use energy, and that energy is in short supply. At night ask them to help you unplug all non-essential appliances and you could use it like a game.
Encourage them to turn off the tap when they brush their teeth or cut down on their showers.
Use Public Transportation
Kids love trying new things so why not make a day of using public transportation to get somewhere or take them on a bike ride to show them that we don’t always need a car and that we need to watch our gas consumption.
Involve kids in the process by explaining why we recycle and how to do it. One great place to put a recycle bin is the bathroom where usually toilet rolls and other boxes just end up in the regular garbage.
In England I remember always helping my Mum hang the clothes out to dry. Kids are super helpful when given a “special task” like line drying as apposed to tumble drying.
Take them to the local landfill (stink-o!) to explain what happens to all our garbage and how they can help not add to it. Take them to clean up litter in your neighbourhood.
There’s a bunch of Earth Day crafts you can use here.
Tomorrow, How we Became a Washcloth Family.