It’s never to early to start teaching kids about conserving and less waste, just like it’s never too late to teach older people the same things. I have recently realized that my words have not been falling on deaf old(er) ears for so long as I thought, and I am very pleased to have witnessed a change toward conservation and healthfulness from an unlikely person in my life. While that is so very wonderful, I make sure to talk to my preschooler all the time about different things we need to do to keep the Earth clean and green to start at an early age. She likes to help me “cycle” the containers and papers, she is very vigilant about turning off lights, and she is learning about waste when using things like toilet paper, leaving the doors open, and having to color of the backs of my old printouts rather than having new, clean paper of her own.
My preschooler and I do a lot of green crafts together, some of which are posted here already, some other fun crafts are coming up soon either here at Happy Green Mama or on other green living blogs written by fabulous women. The thing is, I don’t even think she realizes that most of the items in her “craft box” come from recycling or old yarn, buttons and ribbon that I have no use for anymore. Somehow, though, she manages to create some really beautiful pictures with these items and they are so textural and abstract I have great pride watching her create them! Now I just need to figure out how to store them all!
Check out my selection on here on Pinterest for some great kids activities you can do at home naturally and simply like bathtub paint, fairy gardens and summer sprinkler fun made from recyclables!
I found this great printable packet from Disney’s Family Fun that makes learning about living green easy and fun! Click on the photo to download the pdf.