Recycling is an important part of being a responsible person. We all have to do our part to make sure the world is a clean, safe place for generations to come. Unfortunately, that concept is too abstract to explain to a five year old, so we have to approach it at a different angle. Here are some easy ways you can recycle with your kids.
1. Explain the Recycling Loop
You’ve probably heard the adage before: reduce, reuse, recycle. Many people forget the first two parts of the loop and only focus on the third. Teach your kids the wholeloop so they can be effective protectors of our planet.
The first step is to reduce: lower the number of things you use and consume as much as possible. Do your children need a room full of toys, or do they only play with a small percentage of what they have?
The second step is to reuse: use the things you have to over and over. Rather than use and throw away paper plates, opt for a dish that can be washed and reused.
And of course the third step is recycle: whatever waste is made should be sent to the proper places so it can be refashioned into something else.
2. Give Them Ownership of the Bin
To kids, the recycling bin is just another random object in the kitchen or by the garage. Children respond well to things they are invested in, so use the recycling bin to help them form an emotional attachment to recycling. You can purchase a separate bin for each child to use, or spend some time decorating it together, even if that includes adding some silly frills and colors.
3. Encourage Trading or Swapping
If your children have friends, a great way to access a huge selection of toys and games is to share with them. Encourage your kids to lend out their toys to borrow their friends’ toys (although you should clear this with their parents first). This is also a great way to help them build long-lasting relationships with other kids.
4. Make a Game Out of It
Children respond well to games and excitement. You can make recycling fun by turning it into a game. Interject a bit of competitiveness by seeing who can fill up their recycling bins fastest. You could create a chart and fill it up with stickers for each time they recycle properly. Most importantly, remember to keep a positive attitude about recycling so your children pick up on it.
5. Visit the Recycling Center
Take your kids on a trip to your local recycling center so they can see all the work and people that go into helping our environment. If possible, introduce to some of the people who work there and find out about their jobs. This will help your kids get a feel of how important recycling is for our planet.
Guest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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