Go Green With Your Preschooler

by Michal on November 16, 2009

Go Green

As adults we often get into a habit and once we decide to change that habit we realize how difficult it can be. When it comes to the environment many of us have had to make a conscious effort to be more green. One of the great things that we can pass along to the next generation is to teach them ways to be green at an early age. By the time they are adults it will be second nature to them and the environment will be more green. This article provides a list of ways we can teach our preschoolers to start thinking about the environement and how they can be more green.

  • Water: Teach them to keep the water flow to a pencil-thin stream when using the sink. Show them that when they are brushing their teeth they don’t need to keep the water on while they are brushing. Turn the water off while brushing and then turn it back on when its time to rinse.
  • Energy: Tell them to turn off the lights when they leave a room and to leave the lights off during the day. Natural sunlight is generally good enough. Also, keep the TV’s off when they are not being used.
  • Toxic Exposure: Be sure to avoid anti-bacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizers that contain triethanolamine. Anti-bacterial hand soaps have been proven to cause more harm than good because they kill beneficial bacteria as well as the bad stuff and may be leading to super-strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Hand sanitizers that contain the ingredient triethanolamine can damage liver and kidneys.
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  • Waste: Get them involved in your home recycling. Recycle newspapers, magazines and junk mail. You can present it as a game that involves sorting out the different types and putting them in their special bins for points. Assign a daily chore to help with the sorting and recycling.
  • Food: Teach your preschooler how to help pick out ripe seasonal fruit and vegetables for their snacks and meals. Show them that when they have finished their fruit and vegetables, there are parts that can be composted. Involve your children in composting your food scraps, coffee grounds, etc. Get them used to seeing that food waste is not garbage but rather something that can be turned into soil to grow more food.
  • Transportation: Whenever possible walk or ride your bikes. Plan out your weekly menu and shopping needs, and go to the store once a week to cut back on multiple trips.
  • Spend Time Outside: Kids who play outside, enjoy nature and has outdoor living as part of their life will be easier to teach and more receptive about the ways they can keep the outdoors beautiful. Take your kids camping or let them help you do the gardening.
  • Read Books: Read books with your kids that have learning lessons about the environement. Here are three popular books available on Amazon that your kids will enjoy: A Different Kind of Hero, E for Environment, and Environmental Issues.

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