FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Emma Lawson

Emma Lawson

I am very pleased to welcome back  Emma Lawson, who was my first ever guest author here at JamJarGill.com, with her 2nd guest post on how to get your kids to recycle. A matter very close to my heart too – I believe it is so important to teach our children to be environmentally conscious and plan to do this with my boys (which I’m currently baking) as soon as possible. 

Emma lives in Australia and is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life.

Hope this article inspires you too…

Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle, are getting increasingly familiar in today’s society, and in some countries even represent concepts that are already regulated by standards and guidelines. Separating garbage, raising awareness, reusing old things, reducing the amount of waste we produce and recycling plastic or paper must become part of our daily activities. For this to become true it is necessary that we promote this mentality in children so that they can grow with new and better habits and care for our environment.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Recycle for Fun

Children learn best through fun and games. Therefore, explain the rules for recycling as if it were some kind of game where kids have to guess what kind of material goes to what color of a container. Moreover, you can give them a task to draw different recycling signs – blue for paper and cardboard, green for glass, yellow for plastic cans and cartons and orange for organic waste. You can make things even more interesting by having the kids draw various things that come to mind that you usually dispose off and stick the drawings to the containers for the specific recycling purpose. In order to make them really engaged with recycling, you can assign them the role of “recycling controller of the household” so that they will enthusiastically check whether everyone follows the rules of recycling correctly.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Reuse for Creativity

Children can really benefit from the whole concept of reusing things that are no longer necessary in the household. This can significantly contribute to the development of creativity. As a parent, you can simply show your kids the way to recreate various stuff with things that you do not need anymore and they will use their own ideas later on to make toys, collages and many other things.  For example, a good start would be showing your kids how they can make a stuffed toy snake with the help of some old socks and rags that are completely unnecessary. Even though they love new toys children love to feel responsible for making something original and useful on their own even more.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Save Money as a Reward

In order to teach kids successfully how to save money, offer them a concrete example that they could understand and easily associate with this notion. For example, take them to a regular and second-hand store and show them pairs of pants that look really similar but have the kids pay attention to the difference in price tags. When the kids themselves deduce that it is only logical to pick perfectly fine second-hand gear over those in regular store, take them for an ice cream or buy them a toy they wanted while explaining how this is possible because you saved up a lot that day by shopping in second-hand stores.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Reduce Waste as a Hero

If you explain the importance of caring for the environment to your kids carefully and how the reduction of waste can actually help the planet, they will be able to understand what you’re saying. Still, to make them completely interested in this, assign them the role of a hero who protects the environment. Children simply love to play hero and they will definitely be more interested in reducing waste with this idea in mind. Moreover, when you take the kids to farmer’s market to get some organic foods, tell them the reasons why organic food is so much better for the environment as well as human health. Create an image of all the people who sell their organic goods so that they appear as allies in the kids’ heroic fight for the environment. What’s more, you can ask some of your regular sellers to welcome the kids in a manner fit for a true hero.

Learning something new every day is what means to be a child. The main thing which you should bear in mind when trying to teach your kids to recycle is that recycling can help save our planet, and thus instigate its importance. True commitment to this goal and common spirit which sprouts from undertaking this endeavour can spur enthusiasm which will enable a successful learning process in regards to the preservation of the environment.

 

 

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A mom to two boys and a teacher. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. Click this button to see more articles.

 

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