Earth Day is April 22! That means now is a great time to talk to kids about the importance of helping to save our planet. Luckily, there are so many little things even the youngest kids can do to help, from conserving water and energy to recycling and reusing. Here are 10 ideas:
- Turn off the lights. Remind kids to turn lights off when they leave a room, as well as the TV or radio when they’re finished watching or listening.
- Don’t waste water. Place a measuring cup in the sink while your child is brushing her teeth, then show her how much water she used. Next time, have her turn off the water while she brushes so that she can compare her water usage. That will give her a visual idea of how much water she wastes when she leaves the sink running unnecessarily, which will encourage her to turn the water off in the future!
- Reuse. Pack your child’s sandwiches and other lunch items in reusable plastic containers instead of baggies. Have him carry them in a fun lunch box or bag instead of a paper or plastic bag. Set a good example by bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. You can also buy your child a reusable water bottle instead of giving him plastic bottles.
- Recycle. At the end of each meal or activity, discuss with your child which waste items—bottles, cans, magazines, newspapers, pizza boxes, etc—can be recycled. Then have her place them in the appropriate recycling bin.
- Borrow. Get your child a library card! Instead of buying him loads of books he’ll only read a few times, have him borrow them. Then buy him copies of only his favorites. It’ll save money—and trees!
- Refuse. Have your child say “No, thank you” to plastic straws at restaurants, extra napkins at concession stands, plastic bags at shops, etc.
- Get creative. Got a little artist? Use toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, and other waste items for fun art projects! Kids can cut pictures and words out of old magazines to make collages, build houses out of popsicle sticks, and more. The possibilities are endless!
- Have a green thumb. Help your child plant and grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your backyard. Look for fun recipes to make with them when they’re ready, and have your child help cook them. He’ll be more likely to eat them—an added bonus!
- Don’t be a litterbug. Teach your child to never throw trash on the floor. Instead, she should hold onto it until she finds the nearest trash can or recycle bin.
- Get out in nature! Take your child to the park and point out various birds and animals. Hike a local trail and teach him about the plants or trees along the way. Go out in your backyard to catch butterflies, ladybugs, or fireflies (before setting them free, of course). The more your child learns about nature, the more he’ll grow to appreciate all living things—and the more he’ll want to help protect them.
Do you have any other ideas on helping kids protect the planet? Share them here!
Saturday 24th of April 2021
This is a very good thing to know. I'm 11 years old and really hate seeing people hurting the earth like this.
Monday 19th of April 2021
turn off water
Wednesday 25th of March 2020
I think all children should listen to what they said for better and healther futuer
Sunday 26th of January 2020
Check on YouTube the song ‘dear 2045' it shows all the bad things that are happening to the earth I personally love the nature and animals ❤️ ? and killing the earth is my nightmare so I love this list also u can show your child to do projects and show them what would happen if a plastic bottle or paper or etc got thrown and why it's dangerous for the environment
Saturday 30th of June 2018
Thank you this is very useful information and it is a good way to help. I think all perants should know this information to help the Earth last longer. I will definitely aplie this to my life. I now know about earth day so I celebrate it and make it a bigger event.