While most of us are now aware of our carbon footprint and how much energy we use, how many of our kids are aware of the importance of energy efficiency to keep our planet green and healthy? Young minds act like a sponge and love to soak up information, so drawing attention to energy conservation now could set future generations on the right foot to minimize the impact of global warming.
But how to make kids sit up and take interest? Well, it’s all about making learning about saving the planet engaging, interesting and, most importantly, fun. Use some of these nifty ways to get youngsters eager to learn more…
Show them the cost
While electricity and gas prices may be the literal cost, when it comes to using energy the cost to the planet could be far greater. Explain in a sensitive way the effect that global warming is having on the environment and wildlife, and demonstrate how small things can add up to a worldwide problem. Perhaps use a polar bear as a mascot for your energy saving activities.
Reward good behavior
Set out a list of all the small changes you and your kids could make to save energy, and each week reward the best behaviour with stars or treats. Your list could include things like…
- Don’t leave the tap running when brushing my teeth
- Shower instead of bath
- Turn off lights
- Reuse towels – instead of chucking straight in the laundry!
If you want to add an element of competition, make the rule that points will be deducted for bad behaviour – and watch out, kids take competition very seriously so the spies will be everywhere.
A brilliant way to highlight the importance of recycling to children is to encourage them to get crafty with the recyclables you collect at home. Set aside some time before collection day to go through your recycling bin and pick out some interesting cartons, bottles and pieces of card that you could transform together with a little paint and glue.
Grow your own
Teach your children about the health benefits of home grown vegetables, and make them aware of what pesticides do to the environment and our health. Set up a vegetable plot in your garden – the kids will love to watch them grow, and when it comes time to cook those vegetables, they’ll be keen to gobble them down. If you don’t have a garden a window box will work equally as well, and tomatoes are the perfect thing to grow as they are easy to look after.
How to you teach your kids about being green?
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article was written on behalf of npower.
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