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Teaching Kids to be Green

Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of waste...call it garbage, refuse, or trash…it's the waste we produce in our homes and communities. Although many cities have extensive recycling programs, almost 60% of what is thrown out in a garbage can, may be recycled.

By teaching recycling tips and information to kids at an early age, we are cultivating the next generation to be more aware, and earth conscious.

Here is a review of online resources that provide information to educators and parents to teach their kids to be Green, or eco-friendly.

The EPA.gov website provides information, games and activities for younger kids (Ages 4-8) that can be downloaded directly from their website. Some online games include, 'Which bin does it go in?' and ask kids for creative ideas on 'What can you do with a jelly jar?'

Older children can learn about more comprehensive community programs like hazardous waste management, recycling oil, and how to set programs up in their neighborhood.

Another well-made, creative website for teaching the 3 R's (rreduce, reuse, recycle), is a UK site called http://www.recyclezone.org.uk/. The site teachers children how to make their own recycled paper, start their own compost bin, and even has a "Rubbish Quiz".

Schools, or community groups like Girls Scout troops can download activity sheets directly from Earth911. They have calendars that may be downloaded to help keep track of recycling efforts throughout the year. The page says 2004, but the calendars are un-numbered, so they may be used for any year.

Young children naturally want to help, and love to 'do good'. This is a perfect time to teach your children to “give back” to their environment. Recycling not only makes a difference by saving energy, but it also helps the economy. Also, by recycling we cut back on energy, because companies don’t have to make the product from raw materials. Another advantage is to the environment and the air we breathe. Some items may contain harmful chemicals that get into the air or seep into the water supply from landfills and other dumping areas.

Happy Eco-Teaching!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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