You don’t have to wait for Earth Day to come back around before talking to your kids about the importance of recycling. But is just talking about it enough?
If you don’t already recycle in your home, give yourself the opportunity to open up the conversation with your family. Talk to your kids about the importance of recycling and how it can help our environment.
Did you know that the average American family wastes nearly 150 lbs of paper per year? That’s a lot of trees! Teach your kids about where the paper they use comes from, and how recycling that paper can help save forests.
Let them know that instead of having our plastic containers making their way to the ocean, we can recycle plastic to make it into new, useful things.
Need more ideas on how to get your kids excited about recycling? Here are a few more ways to start talking all about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle:
1. Read up on It
A great way to break down the basics of recycling is with a book. If your kids are younger, start off by making your bedtime story a book about the topic. There are so many great books to choose from.
After you’ve read it together, talk about how you want to start recycling in your home and how it will help the environment. If you already recycle in your home, take this opportunity to point out what your family does and how the kids can become part of the experience.
Here are a few books to help get you started:
- Don’t Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing
- Michael Recycle
- I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day (I Can Read Book 1)
2. Make Personalized Bins
Take the time to work with your kids on making special recycling bins for paper, glass, and plastic. Let the kids decorate them however they’d like, and maybe include pictures or drawings of what will go inside.
The bins can be a great reminder for kids of all ages and will help the younger ones not feel too overwhelmed. You can take it a step further by making a family goal chart above each bin to try and see how much you’ve recycled in a week.
If you make or exceed your goal, the family gets pizza for dinner, ice cream for dessert, a special movie night, or whatever would motivate your family most.
3. Make It a Game
This can be a cool way for you to show your kids that they don’t need to buy new toys when they can make them at home. This is a great way to get their creative juices flowing while helping to save the environment.
4. Visit a Recycling Center
Last, but certainly not least, take a family trip to the recycling center. Take the time to meet the people that work at the recycling center and learn about where all the recycled material goes.
Make the whole process of recycling real for your kids, rather than just an abstract concept. Let them see people working hard to save their planet, and you’ll be surprised by how inspired they’ll be to help in their own way at home.
Not sure where your nearest recycling center is? Check out RecyclingCenters.org to find out.
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