Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Helping the environment is a cause that preschool children can help with and learn from. While many topics can seem too complicated for these eco-friendly tykes, it is very easy to simplify "going green" to involve your child. Here is a list of three simple, fun, and even technological ways to go green with your preschooler:
1. Grow a Garden- This hands on activity provides not only exercise outdoors, but it also involves science. To make your family garden an educational experience, chart the growth of the plants with your child. Ask questions like "How much water does this plant need to stay healthy?" and "How tall is the tomato plant now compared to last week?" Involve your child in the cooking and preparation of the fruits of your labor, too. Create a yummy homemade salsa, colorful green salad or zucchini bread together. Consider making a cookbook, too, with your garden recipes on hand for future cooking excursions.
2. Experience nature- Take advantage of the natural world as a family. Visit your local parks, state parks, and national parks. The National Parks Website is a wonderful resource when planning an environmentally themed family trip. Those readers in other countries will appreciate "The World's Top Ten National Parks" resource, which can be found as a link at the end of this article. Parks like Fiordland National Park in New Zealand and Kaieteur National Park in Guyana are explored, as well as several others. There are also great resources to be explored from informative links, like the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. From the United States to Africa, parks around the world deserve our attention, love and time. Plan a camping trip for your family, and bring along fun campfire songs for your preschooler to sing. If your child loves art, bring an easel with paints so he or she can paint the outdoors while experiencing nature's glory. Going green could not be more enjoyable!
3. Utilize technology and have your child become a "Green Queen" or a "Green King"! This is an easy and fun project for all of you I Phone users and their children. The "Green Quest" I Phone App is a fantastic way to involve your preschooler in becoming greener every day. This App offers parents and children an opportunity to learn about helping the environment, as well as others. Utilizing a child friendly program, children can complete environmentally friendly tasks to build a green kingdom of their own. This vibrant program entails eco friendly ideas, or "missions", for children to complete, like "Mission Electric" which has children turning off lights at home, when not in use. The website, www.greenqueensandkings.org offers additional eco friendly ideas for parents and children alike. Check out this awesome App today and have your preschooler become "green" royalty!
*If you are looking for eco-friendly playthings for your preschooler, look no further! Here is a link to the Eco Friendly Preschool Store at Amazon, which you can also find at Green Queens and Kings.