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Environmental education starts at home

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Teaching children to care for the environment is an important step towards maintaining a sustainable future. Paying more attention to small situations within the family routine can be a responsible, educational and fun attitude for the kids. Remembering that small steps can really make a difference, we separate 10 tips on how to raise this ecological awareness in children without going too far from home.

This learning, like everyone else in childhood, has to be enjoyable, so you have to consider the age of the child and the burden of responsibility that it can bear. Children learn best when they are happy and can have a role model.

Encouraging more responsible thinking in children in a relaxed and playful way can have a positive impact on their development. Reusing household items and putting used papers and plastics in separate boxes for recycling will subtly encourage these small green steps. Here are 10 tips on how to attract kids to a more eco-friendly life.



1. Storing rainwater

Water can also be reused! The children will love storing the rainwater. Place a bucket or container outside the house with a stone or brick inside to prevent it from falling over. When the rain is over, they will have known an alternative water supply and may use water to water the plants.


2. Go forward

Teaching the child that clothes, coats, shoes and toys that she no longer use can be donated is very important. Showing that she can do good to other children who need help, in addition to avoiding these objects from littering, will make the child feel very good.





3. Stars on the ceiling

A simple way we can conserve Earth’s resources is by not using more electricity than we need. Teach children to turn off lights when they leave a room and turn off the TV if they are not watching. Using luminous fixtures or stickers on the ceiling and walls may be alternatives to show your child how much fun it is to turn off the lights at night. What for some children can cause discomfort, ends up becoming a pleasurable moment, in addition to decreasing the electricity consumed by the house.



4. Recycle and Reuse

Showing children how to put recyclables in the proper bin is an important way to help the environment. Finding creative ways to reuse household items is another. Make it a fun challenge for the whole family. Be creative and you’ll be amazed at how easily an empty cereal box can be turned into a picture frame, or as a shoe box can quickly turn into a beautiful box for photos and illustrations. The possibilities are endless! You will be reducing waste and joking with new ideas.



5. Take Cops

Even when the equipment and electronic devices are in standby mode ( standby) , they still consume energy because they are connected to the electrical outlet. Conserve energy by teaching the older kids to turn off the video game, computer, charger, or stereo outlet. Minors can also participate by playing “police officer” and inform the elderly if there is any unused household appliance connected to an electrical outlet.



6. Drop by drop

Encouraging the children to check that the taps are tight is a sign that small changes make a difference. A leak that spills one drop per second wastes about 2400 liters of water per year.




7. Snack time

You need attention with the food you choose. In addition, the snack that the child takes to school or consumes at home can generate unnecessary waste. Most disposable items can be replaced with reusable items. Involve the children in the initiative of finding creative ways to pack the snack without leaving plastic films, foil or many packages behind. Avoid plastic cutlery and prefer steel, cloth instead of paper napkins, and plastic containers that can be recycled instead of disposable containers.



8. Bicycle tour around the block

Getting out somewhere does not mean you need a car. Walking or cycling in small stretches can encourage the child to lead a healthier life. In a nice ride in the neighborhood, the child is motivated to use an “alternative vehicle” without realizing it, reducing the pollution generated by cars or even by the use of public transportation. A walk can bring family and health together while helping the planet with reducing pollutants.



9. Fun Shopping

Going to the market is always good for the kids. One way to conserve the environment, aside from distracting children who want to consume too much, is to use ecobags. The play is even more fun if the child has their own returnable bag and can contribute by taking their purchases in an eco-friendly way.




10. Using community resources

Libraries have more than books. Selecting CDs, DVDs and audio tapes is also available. Public parks make kids learn more about their community’s resources and encourage them to find fun without having to buy new things.



Strengthening the love for the planet and teaching the child to behave more carefully with the preservation of the environment is a simple contribution to sustainable development. Fortunately, the children are very enthusiastic to help by giving that extra hand. With guidance, children will grow to become guardians of the environment and help bring a different reality to your planet.