5 Family-Friendly Activities to Get Your Kids Thinking Green

Loretta Jane

As a parent, it’s your job to help your child understand the importance of taking care of the environment. Not only do you need to teach them why it’s important, but you also need to teach them strategies that can help them care for the world around them. Here are 5 family-friendly activities that can help to get your kids (and you) in a greener mindset.

Start a Family Garden

One of the easiest things you can do as a family is to start your very own vegetable garden. Sure, you can buy fruits and veggies at the supermarket, but food travels potentially thousands of miles before it hits the store shelves. Transportation contributes to air pollution. Not to mention that conventional produce may have been sprayed with pesticides or other harmful chemicals that are dangerous to the health of your family.

When you plant your own garden, your food doesn’t have to travel very far before it reaches your plates. You also have full control over what your produce is exposed to.

Build a Compost Pile

Take your Oakland garden one step further by building a compost pile and using that compost to feed what you’re growing. Not only does compost provide nutrients for your produce, but it helps to significantly reduce waste. Before you start composting, be sure to educate yourself (and your family) about what’s compostable and what isn’t.

Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still compost. Take a look online to see if there are any services in your area that will pick up the compost scraps from your home. You may be able to get a bin and then put it out on the street for a company to retrieve.

Look for Ways to Cut Energy

Work with your kids and look around the house to find ways to reduce energy consumption. Teach them to turn off lights when they leave a room or unplug chargers that have nothing attached. Have them locate items that don’t need to be plugged in at all times and unplug them.

At the same time, you can also teach your children about alternative sources of energy such as solar oakland and wind power. Help them understand where traditional energy comes from and why it’s important to reduce our usage.

Go for a Bike Ride

Going to a friend’s house that’s just a few streets down? Maybe you need to hit up a nearby store that’s about a mile or so away. If the weather is nice, get your bikes out and take a ride to your destination rather than loading everyone up in the car. Along with reducing your contribution to air pollution (since you’re not using gas to get where you’re going), taking your bikes allows everyone to get some fresh air and exercise. Not only are you taking steps to help the environment, but you’re also taking steps to improve your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Shop Second-Hand

Kids tend to want the newest everything. Used items can be just as good, if not better. Take your kids to a second-hand or consignment store and have them take a look around. Look with them to see what cool treasures you can find. They might be surprised (as will you) at the great looking fashions they can find. They may even find some great second-hand toys and games that are practically like new.

Shopping second-hand has a few benefits. First, buying used means you’re not contributing to the production of new items (which can harm the environment). Another major benefit is that second-hand items typically cost significantly less than brand-new ones and often you’ll find items that still have tags on them or that have never been used before.

Teaching your kids to go green helps them to build habits that will help them to protect the environment as they get older. When you do it together as a family, the whole process is more fun.