Go green with your preschooler today! Below is an amazing article by guest author, Meredith Ball, BellaOnline's Natural Living Editor, on getting your preschool child environmentally aware.
A preschooler is curious, ready to learn, and excited by new ideas and fun activities. This age is the perfect time to begin to teach lessons about going green because preschool children absorb this information readily and happily.
Below are some fun and easy green activities you can do with your preschool child!
1. Walk with your child outside and ask her to name all things she sees around her that are green. As she spots and says, “tree” for example, walk over to the tree and touch it with her. Ask her how the tree feels? Tell her that the tree grows with water and sun. As she identifies grass, touch that as well. Involving children in this age in engaging all sense will help them to remember what they learn. Ask her if she can see any ants or other bugs in the grass and let her know that bugs live in the soil and help the grass to grow. You can end this walk by thanking your child for being nice to the tree, the grass, and the bugs. Teaching your child how to interact with care and respect for nature helps to instill the value of compassion at an early age.
2. Model for your child earth-friendly activities and involved her in those activities. A great preschool lesson is to set up a recycling system at home. To start, set out two separate bins. Ask your child to help design labels for each bin - paper and plastic. Then, set out on an adventure around the house to find trash that is paper, then plastic, and place each in their separate bins. Throughout the week, ask your child to yell, “Paper helps!” and “Plastic helps!” each time she puts that type of trash in the appropriate receptacle. Not only are you teaching your child an eco-friendly habit, you are also instilling some helpful organizational skills.
3. Children love to engage in play and adventures! Help your child to start a game in which she is responsible for daily missions as a Green Queen or Green King. Your child can even make a crown that she wears when engaging in the daily mission. For example, a daily mission could be Mission Water. That day, your child can be sure to take a five minute shower to save water, or to turn off the faucet while brushing her teeth to save water. Incorporating the idea that your child has the power of a queen or king to help the earth makes these eco-friendly tasks more fun, exciting, and more likely to stick! The Green Quest app is a helpful tool for you to incorporate these missions and lessons into your preschoolers green learning. There is more information about this app at http://greenquestapp.com/ And, this app is available for 99 cents at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/green-quest/id386593368?mt=8