Teach your kids about sustainability with these easy activities you can do at home.
Sustainability is all about understanding the impact that we have on the earth, and what we leave for future generations. It encompass a number of things, from recycling to gardening, and in being resourceful with products and items that we use.
I love teaching my children about sustainability and how they can care for the environment in small ways at home. Every little bit counts after all, and I want to set a good example. Involving children with sustainable activities is also an amazing confidence booster because it shows you trust them to be part of something bigger than themselves.
In our very busy lives, there's not always a lot of time (or money!) to live sustainably. But here are some small ways you can start at home with your kids:
This is an obvious one! But teaching your kids about recycling is so important and you can make it into a game. Get your kids to make and decorate labels for each bin and draw pictures of what goes inside to make it easier to keep up good recycling habits.
Pick up rubbish
Next time you go to the playground or beach, have a game before you go of having everyone pick up five pieces of rubbish each to put in the bin before you leave. Keep some gloves and hand sanitiser with you to make it hygienic as well.
Set up a herb or veggie garden
Setting up a vegetable garden or even just having a few herbs in pot is a very low cost and easy way of growing your own food and reducing waste. Depending on the age of your kids, you can bring them with you to the local nursery to select their own produce and they could even decorate their own pots to care for, while they're there.
Cook together for Meat Free Monday
I love this one as it something I already do in my house a few nights a week. Reducing the amount of meat we eat actually has a huge impact on the environment. By making Monday night dinner meat free, you and your little ones can try different recipes each week using lots of fresh veggies, legumes and grains instead of the usual beef, chicken or mince.
Start a compost or worm farm
Take your veggie or herb garden one step further if you have the space, and start a compost or worm farm at home. Bunnings has a really great resource on their website on how to go about this.
Have a reward chart
Making small sustainable choices can be as easy as asking your kids to:
Turn off the lights when not in use
Turn off the tap when brushing teeth
Have shorter showers
Collect rain water in buckets to use to water plants
Ride their bike or walk, instead of nagging Mum or Dad to drive
Buy secondhand clothes and toys, and donate anything they don't use anymore.
As an incentive, a reward chart with stickers can kick off making these sustainable choices to help set lifelong habits.
Do you have any other great sustainable activities to do with kids at home? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!