Climate change is an all too real issue and thankfully it is gathering more and more press thanks to the recent documentary of BBC One “Our Planet”, the extinction rebellion protests and teenage activist Greta Thunberg. Climate change IS having a massive impact on the world of today, and on the world of tomorrow… the world that will belong to our children. I really to fear for what we have left for our future grandchildren and great-grandchildren to grow up around! Inspired by this I have been looking at ways in which to encourage children to show care and concern for the environment and also to teach awareness on how to protect our environment…
Here are 10 easy activities to try…
- Litter Picking – Visit a local park, beach or nature reserve and gather up that litter. Setting a great example to your children and doing something to support the environment.
- Rubbish Sorting Activities (Recycling) – A great way to interest children in recycling. Label different boxes for glass, plastic and paper and sort away!
- Nature Documentaries – We enjoy watching Blue Planet, Frozen Planet (well, pretty much any David Attenborough nature documentary!) If your child is sensitive maybe censor some of the documentaries.
- Watching The Lorax (and similar films) – The Lorax is a great film to watch with children and introduce ideas of climate change.
- Looking at informative, child friendly books – Here are some books I have on my wishlist; Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist; Me… Jane; One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia; Life in the Ocean: The Life of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle; One Love; and Bee and Me.
- Include children in the swaps you make – In our household we made the swap to cloth nappies and cloth wipes in 2016. One of the main ways I include Aoife and Cassius in our eco friendly swaps is by buying second hand… A lot of our books and toys are second hand purchases from car boot sales, charity shops, ebay and facebook marketplace.
- Growing flowers etc – Growing flowers, fruits and vegetables are a great way to introduce caring for the natural world to children.
- Creating bird feeders/baths in the garden – Bird feeders are a great activity for little ones. An easy way to make bird feeders is threading hoop cereal onto a pipe cleaner and hanging outdoors.
- Have houseplants and discuss the ways in which they offer oxygen and the cycle around them – Offering a educational aspect to caring for plants and why it is important we have plants around.
- Walking places and talking about why – Talking about why walking is a preferable option to driving and creating carbon emissions.
Let me know if you have any other ideas in the comments below!