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5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

Young children are natural eco-warriors. Their interest in their environment provides a deep connection to the natural world. From there it is a hop, skip, and spring puddle jump to learning about responsible guardianship of the Earth.

Going green is a lot easier if you are born that way. Taking good care of our planet is a habit you can start from day one. Here are some of the ways that we encourage eco-friendly attitudes in our three children:

1. Enjoy the outdoors. The first step to encouraging positive behavior is to help children see the importance of their actions. Go on nature walks, swim at the beach, check out the stars at night, bird-watch, go on scavenger hunts or geocache. If you need a little help, check out these Educational Outdoor Apps for Kids. If your kids already enjoy beaches, nature trails, and the little creatures found in nature, convincing them to adopt eco-friendly habits will be much easier!

2. Take action. Kids learn best when they are doing. Even toddlers can help tend a garden or shop with you at a local organic farm. Kindergartners are old enough to participate in park, beach, or trail clean-ups. Kids of all ages can join you in counting backyard birds or turtles at a local preserve.

3. Upcycle! We strive to turn trash into treasure. Most of our crafts involve recycled materials, like cardboard toilet paper rolls, baby food jars, and coffee tins. We even use jam jars as drinking glasses and cardboard boxes as playhouses.

4. Model and discuss your choices. Carrying drinking bottles, borrowing books from the library, purchasing baby items second-hand, shutting off lights when you leave the room, turning off the water while brushing teeth, and choosing products that are free from chemicals are all concrete, eco-friendly actions that children can see and, eventually, understand. With our babies, we use Wee Gen diapers from Seventh Generation because they are free of chlorine, fragrances and latex, and petroleum-based. My older kids know that we choose products that are safer for them and easier on the environment. They were so delighted to see the Lorax, one of their favorites, on their baby brother’s diapers!

5. Read books about environmentalism and the planet. When we explore a concept, we turn to quality picture books. Reading these stories weaves the ideas into our lives and gives the children language to understand and express complex concepts.

What are your tips for teaching your kids to go green?

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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