Becoming eco-friendly is something that we tend to do out of awareness, passion and understanding.
As conscious consumers we want to ensure a healthy and happy future for the environment and all those inhabiting it. A personal choice that is made for the greater good.
When you have children and decide to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle it can be easy to make the change fun and exciting for them aswell.
So how do you make it fun? Check out some tips below.
Start a veggie garden
Starting a veggie garden is a great way to help kids learn about growing their own produce, the importance of fresh food and also how to reduce waste by picking just enough from the veggie garden. If you don’t have a suitable back yard have a look at some growing kits so you can start with herbs, we love these beautiful little kits from ‘My Little Plot’.
My son loves getting to choose his favourite veggies to plant in the garden and being involved in every step of the garden process. Having his own little gardening tools that fit into his little hands and being in charge of watering the garden each day is a super fun. Find some great options by connecting with ‘Little Merchants’.
The look on Noah’s face when we he gets to pick the herbs and veggies straight from his own garden is beautiful and a special part of each day before we start dinner.
Another fun way to get the kids involved is by setting up a new bin system. Buy a few different bins in fun colours and label them with the items that can go into each of them. This will help to teach them about recycling and the different products that you can recycle. It’s also a great incentive to help clean up, as they love sorting into their own special bins.
Make homemade gifts
Handmade gifts are a lovely, sentimental way to show the importance of reusing products. Being able to make something from scratch and not wasting items by figuring our how they can be repurposed. Starting with homemade cards and crafty gifts for family members are perfect.
Finding items around the house and garden can be half the fun, treasure hunting for leaves, flowers, paper bark in the yard and old cartons, boxes and toilet rolls and non-recyclables inside. A great way to encourage your child’s imagination and put the reuse and repurpose motto into action.
Reusable Water Bottle
Most kids these days will have a water bottle that they take school, but do they understand the importance of using reusable items and not single use items?
Talk to your kids about the waste that is created by using single use bottles and how it effects the environment. How it’s important to stop plastic ending up in the oceans and harming our marine life.
Let them choose sustainable options (there are so many colourful child friendly options these days) that they will love and want to use.
Join a nature-based playgroup
Nature-based playgroups are dedicated to encouraging and supporting the connection with nature. We are lucky to have a huge variety of nature based playgroups and forest schools on the Sunshine Coast Queensland and they provide a beautiful way for both parent and child to spend the morning. The morning is usually full of nature crafts, bush walks, animal interactions, muddy play, planting and more.
Check out our list of local playgroups here:
Plant a tree together
If you have the space in your own backyard, find a special spot that will accommodate a tree and the growth that will come with it.
Talking about the importance of trees and how they are more than just something that looks pretty and is fun to climb. It will take time for the results to show but they can watch it over the years and see what it becomes. If you don’t have the space for a tree have a look at upcoming tree planting events in your community, they happen throughout the year and are a great family day out.
Becoming eco-friendly and sharing the importance of being earth-wise can can be fun for the whole family and I hope these tips have given you a few easy ideas for getting the kids involved.
Do you have any other tips on how to make being eco-friendly fun for kids? We would love to hear your tips and what you have done in your own family.