Plymouth, MA is going “green.” As of January 1, 2014 we will be supplied with a bin in which to put recyclables. Currently residents bring these items to the dump.
Commenting about this great change to a neighbor she said something like “We don’t generate enough to recycle.” Huh? How does one person let alone a family not generate enough to fill a bin or two or three? I felt sorry for the children not learning an easy lesson that will leave the planet a better place. There are several activities we can use to teach the kids “green planet” practices.
- You can teach children by printing out articles on recycling, using items to recycle (such as a plastic bottle as a bird feeder), and asking them if an item can be recycled or not. We want to keep as much as we can out of landfills.
- It is autumn in New England. Before the first frost the bulbs should be planted so the kids can see them grow in the spring. Compost and then use that dirt for the plants.
- An easy lesson is making sure your children shut off the water while they are brushing their teeth. A good site to use is DCSASA.com, which has water activity on conservation for kids. The kids can use a calculation method to see how much water they are using every time they take showers, flush the toilet and brush their teeth.
We want to leave the planet better than we found it. Teach your children that it their responsibility to so the same.