How to Teach Your Children About Recycling

Explore Your House 

There are plenty of different ways to teach your kids about recycling. You can even start right in your home. Explore each room and have your kids point out things that can be recycled once you’re ready to discard them. Talk about what you can do with things like paint, electronics or other items that require specialised treatment.  

Like your other lessons, try to make it a game.

If you have more than one child, let them race to see who can find the most recyclables in five minutes.  

Read Some Stories 

Nothing is better than storytime with the family. You can use your evening stories to instill the importance of recycling and environmentalism in young minds. Choose books like “Michael Recycle” by Ellie Bethel or “One Plastic Bag” by Miranda Paul. These tales wrap recycling into entertaining stories your little environmentalists will be begging you to read again and again.  

Recycling for Kids 

Your kids have probably not heard the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – unless you’ve been parroting it since the day they were born.

It’s our responsibility to get them ready to take over, protect our planet and reduce the waste we produce.

If you can do that with a few games and stories, what are you waiting for? 


Emily is the editor of Conservation Folks and a sustainability and conservation blogger. Follow her on Twitter to see the latest updates. 

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