A Guide to Going Green for Kids and Their Parents

What better way is there to teach your children an important lesson than by going green and caring for the planet? You can set a fine example for your children by making more eco-friendly choices in your household.

Going green for kids and parents can be tough, however, especially considering how busy kids are these days. Here are some simple tips that will help you get your children involved in the process of going green.

Teach Your Kids about the Day-to-Day Aspects of Going Green

The process of going green for kids can be simplified by having them help you with day-to-day tasks. These small actions might not be glamorous, but they certainly add up and make a difference!

For example, you can encourage your kids to turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use, start an organic garden in your yard, help you collect kitchen scraps to make compost, turn the water off when they’re brushing their teeth and showering, and sort the trash that goes into the recycling bin.

Have Your Kids Reuse Scrap Paper

Kids love to scribble, doodle, and color. Let them do it to their hearts’ desire, but on the back side of used paper or on scrap paper.

Buy Used Toys and Clothes for Your Kids

Teach your kids the importance of reusing items by buying used toys and clothes for them on Craigslist and at local thrift stores. You can also check if any free used items are being given away on sites like Freecycle.

Make Recycled Crafts with Your Kids

Make going green fun for your kids by saving egg cartons, plastic bags, cardboard tubes, and plastic bottles and using them to make recycled crafts. For example, you can make maracas out of used plastic bottles or totem poles out of paper towel tubes. Recycling is the easiest way to go green.

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One Response to “A Guide to Going Green for Kids and Their Parents”

  1. richard
    December 10th, 2011

    My kids refuse to recycle or act with sustainability. I think making a game out of it can help make it fun.

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