By Jessie Moore|
January 20, 2022|
3 min read
Today’s children form part of a generation that is more environmentally aware than any generation that has gone before them. Children are also at the perfect stage in their life for forming excellent ongoing habits, which collectively can change our world.
Parents are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of teaching children about sustainability, which is excellent news for changing things for future generations. If you’ve pledged to live a ‘greener lifestyle’ as a family, we’ve gathered together some sustainability activities for children that will help them to establish eco-friendly choices throughout their lives.
With fun and thoughtfulness, you can encourage your children to live more sustainably through engaging activities and projects.
Get active and enjoy the outdoors
The best way to ignite a passion for sustainability in your kids is to get outdoors. The more time they spend immersed in nature, the more they will feel a responsibility to protect their planet. We are spoilt for choice with wonderful places to explore in the UK, with stunning coastlines, forests and parks, all waiting to be explored.
By showing your children the planet in its natural state, and enabling them to fall in love with it, you give them an inherent drive to live a more sustainable lifestyle. So, get your wellies on and start a new active adventure today!
Reuse – don’t dispose
Encourage kids to make choices that last. To begin with, it could be something as simple as saying no to plastic straws and opting for a reusable metal alternative or making lollies on a summer’s day using silicone ice lolly makers that generate zero waste.
Choosing refillable jars and bottles is another way to get children interested in sustainability. Kids will enjoy visiting zero waste supermarkets and helping to refill the containers. There are some fabulous maths lessons you can sneak in during the process too!
Teach your family that anything that can’t be reused should be recycled where possible. Young children can help to separate paper and plastics, while older children can be responsible for washing and recycling glass jars and containers.
Talk to your kids about what happens to non-recyclable waste after it is collected from the home to help them see the bigger picture. They will soon start to realise that choosing sustainable items or making choices about consuming products that use less packaging will help them to lead a more eco-friendly life.
Yoghurt pots, silver foil and lolly sticks can all have a new lease of life as a piece of amazing artwork. Junk modelling is a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon, allowing little ones to express their creativity. You can also use scraps of paper and fabric to craft birthday cards for family members and turn old clothes into fun new creations for dressing-up games.
Educate kids that less is more
Teaching children the value of the resources we use every day is a fantastic way to get them thinking about their consumption. Start small by encouraging them to turn the tap off while brushing their teeth or switching off the television and light when they leave a room. Children aren’t driven by the utility bills hitting them hard, so instead make switching things off a fun game and ultimately a habit.
Introducing a shower timer will encourage children to take shorter showers and save water resources. Make it fun by turning shower time into a race to see which family member can get clean the fastest. Or add an element of education to the activity by working out how much water you’ve saved each week by taking shorter showers. Other fun ways to do this is to pick a favourite song or two and see if they can shower before the music stops.
Share sustainable content with them
Gen Z is the first truly mobile generation, so a great way to educate children on sustainability is to sit down and watch some educational videos with them. It’s never too early for children to learn the importance of caring for the environment. Help! I’m a Fish introduces younger children to the concept of climate change, while older children will feel inspired by activist Greta Thunberg’s documentary I Am Greta.
As your children get older and reach their teens, you may then find that they are the ones able to share interesting content about sustainability with you.
Introduce sustainable choices into their everyday life
From a bamboo toothbrush with natural anti-bacterial properties to soft, snuggly bamboo bedding, parents can encourage sustainable choices through many aspects of a child’s life. Introducing greener choices at an early age will help them to form eco-friendly habits that will last a lifetime. Browse our range of sustainable items for children.
Make sustainable choices fun!
If your child still sees sustainability as challenging work, then it’s up to you to make it fun for them. Take a trip to the zoo or aquarium to see the wildlife close up and use the trip to explain that by making eco-friendly choices today, we are building a better future for the animals, ourselves and the planet as a whole.
Many zoos, wildlife centres and aquariums host hands-on presentations with experts who will talk to kids about conservation, or the impact that plastic in our oceans is having on the creatures that live there. Helping them to understand that they can be part of the solution by making eco-friendly choices will encourage them to live more sustainably.
All the items we provide here at Wearth are products that are made in the UK, plastic-free, and crafted using sustainable materials. Browse our shop with your little ones and let them choose an item to kick start their journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
By educating the next generation (and offering the occasional small reward for making sustainable choices – we are not above gentle bribery!) they will start to adopt behaviours and develop an awareness of sustainability. They’ll also learn what they need to do to play their part in helping our planet recover and thrive for their own children and grandchildren.