Creating a lifestyle that focuses on sustainable practices typically falls to the adults in the family. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever before to transform everyday activities into ones that support a healthier environment, but that doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t get involved.
Even as the parents find sustainable shortcuts, like the one offered through the Circle K Conserve program, we need to inspire kids to act in sustainable ways on their own.
So, while you’re offsetting your car’s carbon emissions by up to 30 percent with the help of participating Circle K Conserve gas stations, here are five kid-friendly ways to get the little ones involved as well.
1. Pick up trash that’s not yours
Taking kids out for a walk is a great way to burn up energy. No matter the season, even if everyone has to bundle up, going out for a walk in that crisp fresh air does everyone good.
Instead of just admiring the scenery though, head out for a walk with a mission. Grab some disposable gloves and trash bags and take a litter walk. Picking up trash along your path allows kids to have an immediate impact on the world around them and may inspire them to come up with other ways to take care of their own community.
2. Add some greenery to their room
Letting kids put a plant in their room is a great way to remind them of the importance of caring for nature, but they grow slowly and can easily get neglected. To make care easier, make a mini-greenhouse that can fit on a desk or dresser.
With just two plastic cups, a push pin, seeds, soil, and water, you can make a single mini-greenhouse or one for every room. This DIY project gives you the perfect platform to teach kids about their carbon footprint, the role plants and trees play, and why we need to keep green things growing.
3. Create a compost container
Reusing and reducing our waste are both huge tenants of helping the environment. Sometimes throwing recyclables into the bin isn’t enough to drive this important concept home with kids though, so turn it into a project instead.
Creating your own kid-sized compost container lets your kiddos learn about how food waste can get reused to keep soil fertile and stay out of the landfill. For them to make their own, all you need is a 2-liter soda bottle, some soil, and composting material.
4. Turn trash into art
So many items that get thrown out work in art projects. Paper towel rolls could become the body of a homemade alien. Newspaper becomes a paper-mâché masterpiece.
Help children explore their creative side while learning that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure when it comes to art.
5. Conduct some experiments
One of the most fun ways to teach children about threats to the environment is through actual science. Conducting an experiment at home sets them up for a hands-on activity that doesn’t only get them doing, but gets them talking about the results.
You can teach them about the air by doing an air pollution experiment, or if you live near a body of water, grab a sample and run some tests on that. Kids can learn a valuable lesson about how these elements are at risk while also checking if their environment is safe.
Get kids involved to make sustainability a lifelong practice
Teaching children, while they’re young, the importance of taking care of the world around them can lead to lifelong practices that support the environment. Making these activities fun also keeps them interested and active in participating over a longer period of time. Engaging kids now will help make a big impact in the future, so grab your kiddos and have some fun.