Most kids today either spend their vacation playing some video game or endlessly watching television or surfing the net. We need to remember that today’s kids are tomorrow’s citizens. It is imperative that we teach them to respect the environment. Educating children about a green world and making them environmentally conscious is very important. This can be done in a very subtle manner through games and activities that help them appreciate nature and also become eco-friendly.
Here are a few activities that one can involve their kids in:
- Plan a camping trip with your kids. If possible invite a couple of friends along with their kids to the camp as well. Try listening to animal sounds, observing insects, identifying flowers and birds and generally helping the kids get a feel of nature. If it is not possible to get away, one could go as far as the backyard. Try it! It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun and something the kids are going to remember for a long time.
- Plant a garden and make sure you involve your kids in the process. In addition, talk to them about planting seeds, pruning and weeding and let them know what exactly is happening. Small gardening tools are easily available in the market and kids would be more motivated when they have their own set of tools. In due course, they may not need to be cajoled into eating their vegetables.
- Take kids shopping whenever possible and teach them to look for eco-friendly products. Check labels for recycling symbols and information. Instead of going by car, ride a bicycle to the store. Ensure that the bikes have a big basket to bring home the groceries or else carry a backpack along.
- Taking the bicycle to work ensures that one remains fit without really making a conscious effort while setting an example for children to follow.
- Teach kids different types of craft that involve the use of materials that are recyclable such as paper, egg cartons, cans etc and encourage them to create wealth from waste.
- Build a bird house in the backyard with the help of your kids and give them the responsibility of filling water and the birdfeed.