Raising Eco-Friendly Kids in a Wasteful World

Environment Friendly Living

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Kids are inherently open to learning.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a popular astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, once said, “kids are natural scientists, they’re curious about everything around them.” He was right. This was given in a speech to parents in the hopes that allowing children to explore their surroundings, without restrictions, will make them understand the universe much better. As they grow up they are learning how the world works all around them with each new day.

This was given in a speech to parents in the hopes that allowing children to explore their surroundings, without restrictions, will make them understand the universe much better. As they grow up they are learning how the world works all around them with each new day.

Encourage this love of learning by teaching your children about how our Earth works and care for the natural environment. Raising eco-friendly kids is a responsibility of parents, family, schools, and early learning centers, like Kids Harbor.

We take this goal seriously because the health and wellbeing of the Earth should be everyone’s aim. Even the smallest of children can learn about things like recycling, water conservation, and air quality. All you have to do is make it fun and accessible for them to understand at their age level.

The

US National Library of Medicine

has a terrific section of their website called “Tox Town”, which has resources for parents and teachers on how to best show kids about how environmental concerns affects us all. Here are a few other ways to

raise eco-friendly kids

with a healthy love for our planet.

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Get Them Involved in Earth Friendly Projects

You can get children excited about Earth-friendly projects in very simple ways. A great one to try is a “rain barrel” project. This is an

outdoor classroom project

that allows children to learn about taking advantage of free water that comes from the sky during a rainstorm. Water runoff can be used for many things because the lesson is that saving water helps the environment. Kids can decorate each rain barrel with designs and pictures to make it more personal for them.

We have special “Gardening with Grandparents” events here at Kids Harbor that not only engage kids with other generations but teach them about how things grow and how our Earth provides for us

.


Recycle in Home and School Centers

Encourage kids to practice simple recycling measures in their homes and around school learning centers. This is as easy as dividing the trash into different receptacles, including one for paper, plastic, or glass. Recycling teaches kids that reusing items in a meaningful way is going to save the Earth’s precious resources and create less garbage in the landfills.


Turn Off the Tap: Teaching Water Conservation

A tip that kids will remember is to turn off the water when brushing their teeth. Even children as young as 3-years-old can master this skill. According to the

EPA

, this one act saves on average of 200 gallons a month per household! That’s a lot of water, enough to fill a tank of six small sharks.

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Celebrate

Earth Day

Earth Day happens each year on April 22. Their motto is that Earth Day should be every day! Although you can make a special eco-friendly party each year in honor of this celebration. This day was created in 1970, so celebrating it around the world is a fun idea to share with kids. You can even order an

Earth Day Action Tool Kit

to get the excitement surrounding this day rolling, with a countdown calendar, and ideas for how to be “more green” in your own lives.


Sing a Song in Honor of the Earth

“The way we love the world is everything.” That’s a great line from the album called “Earth” from the kid-friendly group, Charity and The JAMBand. Listen to the song on the

National Association For The Education Of Children

website and teach the lyrics for a singalong with your kids. By remembering the words and committing them to memory, kids can honor the Earth in their daily life with this fun song.

These are just a few tips on raising eco-friendly kids. We’re helping our students become more aware of their environment. What are some things you’ve done at home that you found fun?

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