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Teaching your children about caring for the environment and creating eco-friendly habits can start at any age. The following activities provide simple ways for parents to teach kids about eco-friendly living while keeping them engaged and having fun.


Go Plogging Together. Plogging, the act of picking up litter while jogging, originated in Sweden and quickly gained popularity in countries all around the world. A simple and effective way to keep your area beautiful while staying active, it’s an activity that is simple for children to join in on. Try it the next time your family hits your favorite trail or beach. Add more excitement by seeing who can collect the most litter in an allotted time.

Practice Recycling and Try Composting. The average family throws away a lot of useful items. Avoid needlessly contributing to the trash heap and teach your children to spot items that can be easily recycled. Consider furthering your eco-conscious lessons by starting a backyard compost pile for your garden.

Reuse Everyday Items in Crafts. Milk cartons, soda cans and jar lids can all be used to make creative and adorable crafts. For your youngest family members, getting them involved in reusing items at an early age will give them a headstart and a more innate insight into how to creatively use items that would otherwise become trash.

Adopt an Animal. Many wildlife rehabilitation programs allow the public to symbolically adopt an animal. Whether the funds go directly to that particular animal’s recovery and rehabilitation or are devoted to protecting that species’ habitat for future generations, your family can learn more about your favorite animal and financially support it in the process. 

Teaching kids about eco-friendly living doesn’t need to be boring or full of do’s and don’ts. Instead, make it fun and educational for the whole family.