Helping Your Child Become More Environmentally Conscious

Learning about environmental issues can never begin too early. Children who are taught to recycle and reuse and to dispose of waste properly at a young age will carry these habits with them into adulthood. This prep school in London believes that all children should learn about responsibility towards the planet from an early age.

Begin with discussion – talk to your child about household rubbish. Show them the difference between food waste, recyclable waste and general waste. Explain why they are separated.

Recyclable things include –

· Glass bottles and jars, clear, brown and green

· Plastic juice and milk bottles

· Aluminium cans and tins

· Many cosmetic bottles

· Paper and cardboard

· Batteries (in a special bin provided by many councils)

Talk to your child about compostable waste too – show them a video on how waste breaks down to become compost and can be reused. Talk to them also about landfill – what it is and why we should avoid sending yet more rubbish there.

Have a local litter picking session

With gloves, a litter picker and plastic bags set off with your child to collect rubbish in your neighbourhood. Be very careful though – explain to them about things they should not pick up. If your child is small, it might be a good idea for them to only pick-up items which you point out to them. This will be safer as then you can vet what they’re collecting.

Practice repurposing things at home

Some fun and child-friendly repurposing ideas include the following –

· Wellington boot planters

· Broken pottery mosaics

· Jam jar candle holders

· Eggshell dioramas

Of course, there are a million and one ideas for repurposing and upcycling items in and around the home. Most children love doing this as any craft session is enjoyable – especially if you join in with them!

Older children and the bigger picture

You can discuss the wider issues with older children – talk about what they can do about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for example. Show them by example – perhaps by joining in with local clean ups and environmental groups. The environment is something which affects us all and should never be taken lightly. Your child could have an enormous impact on the future of our planet.

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