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Save the Earth Activities For Kids

Activities to teach conservation

Save the Earth Activities For Kids

Teaching kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle is a lesson that will last a lifetime. By educating our youth about the importance of conservation, it is certain that they will carry on these lessons wherever they go. Recycling materials can be done on a daily basis. There are little known ways to recycle without even thinking too hard about it. When conservation becomes part of our regular routine, it makes it that much easier to keep it going.

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Recycling is Limitless

Recycling can be done in a number of ways. It is not just limited to saving cans and bottles and bringing them to a recycling center. Recycling means using things over and over or using things without being wasteful. For example, when a child is writing notes or drawing on a piece of paper, he or she can flip the page to the other side and continue to use it until both sides are completely filled.

Another way to recycle paper is to keep a box of scrap paper. For sheets of papers that only have one side marked on, keeping it to use later is very resourceful. Have a box full of old birthday and holiday cards? By cutting the card in half, the side of the card that has nothing written on it can be used as scrap paper as well.

For kids who bring lunches to school, try to avoid buying brown paper sacks and have them store lunch in a reusable bag instead. Avoiding using paper napkins to wipe faces by providing washable napkins instead. Lastly, pack snacks such as fruit or vegetables instead of crackers and chips. Fruit is biodegradable, and healthier, too!

Conservation is Easy

Conserving energy can be done anywhere, whether it is at home or at school. Remembering to turn off the lights when leaving the room is a good habit to have. But conserving energy isn’t limited to just turning out the light. Turning off electronic devices such as the television or the computer is great, too.  Another great thing to remember is to never let the water run when it doesn't need to — make sure that faucets aren’t dripping and your toilets don't run too long.

Help your child remember to turn off electric devices that aren't in use. For example, there isn't a reason to leave a fan running when nobody is in the room. Encourage them to avoid turning lights on that don't need to be on. Simple things like this will not only help the environment, it will keep your electricity bill down!

Make Something New

Although it may seem silly, creating toys out of recycled materials can be a really fun activity. Using toilet paper rolls to create toys opens up a wealth of imagination. Old toilet papers rolls can be taped together to create fun shapes or telescopes. Making animals and flowers are possibilities as well.

Have an old shoebox? Instead of throwing it away, your child can transform it into a keepsake box, jewelry box, or a place to keep desk supplies. A child can get creative be decorating its sides with markers or colored paper. If you have multiple shoeboxes lying around, a child can tape them together to create a pyramid or build it like a bridge to run their toy cars on. Or use the shoeboxes to create a dollhouse or other play structure.

Old Kids' Clothes

Have old clothes on hand that your child can't fit into anymore? Turn them into rags for use during craft time, or to help you clean up messes. If your child can still fit into an outfit, but it's too beat-up to wear in public, have them wear it when they play in the yard or do some other activity where they are likely going to get messy.

If you can't find a way to repurpose your kid's old clothes, donate or recycle them instead of throwing them in the landfill. Thrift stores are very common these days. Even small towns usually have a Goodwill within a reasonable distance. Keep in mind that thrift stores will only take clothing that is in good condition. It should be free from holes, severe stains, and other major issues.

Recycle any clothes that aren't fit for donation. Textile recycling is becoming more common these days. Many major cities have drop boxes for this purpose. Or, you can mail your unwanted clothing to a textile recycling center. Have your child help you pick out clothes that they need to get rid of. It's a great way to get your kid's room clean and organized!

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