Kids are like sponges—they watch and learn, they absorb information fast, and find it easy to form long-lasting habits. In this quick guide to sustainability for kids, you’ll find ideas and activities to help launch students on a path of sustainable living and development.
Sustainable living is important for good personal and environmental health. It is what will keep us and our kids going. The time to learn and teach about it is NOW.
Sustainability means that humans live with nature and use things in a way that ensures there will be enough resources left for the future generations.
Teaching children about sustainability on a large scale is needed to ensure a secure and safe habitat for them for generations to come.
22 Fun sustainability activities for kids & students
Sustainability lessons for kids can come in different shapes and sizes. Here are some sustainability activities for kids to encourage a wholesome lifestyle.
Sustainability habit-building activities
It’s easy to inculcate good habits in kids as they are more impressionable. The habit cycle requires a stimulus, the act itself, and a reward. Use this cycle to teach essential sustainability habits to kids.
Teach kids to reuse and recycle every time something runs out its course of use–utensils, stationary, clothes, etc. This helps them think creatively. Appreciate their effort and participate in those activities with them.
2. Trash picking
Teach kids to always leave a place cleaner than they found it. Go on a trash picking walk with your kids along the beach or in a park. This will help them feel a sense of accomplishment every time they leave a place cleaner that it was before.
3. Sort the garbage
Put up a chart in your house that shows kids how to separate recyclable waste, organic waste, and trash. Make it an activity when they identify what goes where and when to take out which type of garbage.
4. Play outside!
We need to bring back the trend of playing outside. This not only allows kids to get fresh air, but also help save electricity and other resources. Give kids some liberty to choose the activities they want to undertake.
Sustainable crafts for kids
Sustainability education for kids needs to be fun. Here are some craft ideas that promote sustainability.
5. Make craft with reusable material
Show kids how to use old cloth, paper, cardboard, boxes, etc. to make games and other craft items like coasters, jewellery, bookmarks, musical instruments, and toys.
6. Make art with old stuff
Kids can also use old items to make art. They can use toilet roll cores, half pencils, old laces, cloth pieces, etc to make art.
7. Make detergent at home
This is a fun activity. Make homemade soap and detergent with your kids and encourage them to use it to wash clothes and utensils. Make sure that they wear gloves and don’t use ingredients they might be allergic to.
8. Make paper at home
There is a charm in making something from scratch. Teach kids how to make pulp from old used paper or newspaper and then spread it out and dry it to make paper.
9. Make notebooks at home
Use A4 sheets printed on one side to make notebooks at home. This notebooks can be used for learning practice, for diary entries, and gifting.
10. Make cloth napkins
We use napkins on a daily basis, so teach kids how make reusable napkins out of old clothes.
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