Today’s children do not always have the opportunity to live in contact with Nature . Those who live in the city have perhaps never had the opportunity to observe a vegetable garden up close or to plant a seed. Based on our possibilities and where we live, we can teach children to respect and love the Planet from an early age thanks to our good example.
We must remember that children learn a lot by watching what adults do, be they parents, grandparents or teachers. If we have the opportunity, we can become a positive model for the little ones. Here are some useful and easy suggestions to put into practice to involve children in respect of the environment.
- Grow the vegetable garden together
- Plant a tree
- Make bread
- Create with Nature
- Practicing Yoga with children
- Take bicycle tours
- Save water
- Knitting or crocheting
- Combat food waste together
- Learn to recycle
Grow the vegetable garden together
Involving children in the cultivation of the vegetable garden is one of the simplest gestures and ways to bring them closer to nature and respect for the environment. Thanks to the seeds, plants and vegetables they will learn where the only real healthy and natural food that we can grow with our hands comes from.
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Plant a tree
In some Italian municipalities a tree is planted for each new born and for each adopted child. We can help our children to get in touch with Nature by letting them discover the magic of what can be born from a small seed. Let’s plant a tree with them and watch them grow together.
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Children from an early age can help us in the kitchen. They can quickly learn to help us when we make bread at home or when we make a cake. Asking for their collaboration will immediately bring them closer to self-production and involve them in the preparation of good and healthy meals. Education about the environment and healthy eating begins in the family.
Create with Nature
Sprigs, dry leaves, flowers, pebbles, pine cones, seeds, moss and more. There are so many natural elements that we can use to create chores with our children that do not contain toxic substances but only harmless materials and coming directly from nature. Here a book that will inspire you.
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Practicing Yoga with children
The Yoga helps children as well as adults, to rediscover what our life is connected with the cycles of nature and the environment in which we live. How can we live peacefully if we are surrounded by pollution and waste accumulation? The children will understand it intuitively and perhaps we will learn from them. We practice Yoga with children following the right advice.
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Take bicycle tours
Maybe in everyday travel we always use the car out of habit and out of necessity Here is the idea of organizing from time to time, perhaps at the weekend, a bicycle trip that involves children and the whole family. We pass through parks and countryside areas to rediscover contact with nature and places far from traffic.
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We can teach children to save water day by day as if it were a small challenge. For example, from an early age let’s get used to the idea of not letting water flow unnecessarily when brushing your teeth. Or we ask them for help when we want to place buckets in the garden to collect rainwater, which we will then use to water the vegetable garden and garden.
Knitting or crocheting
Who makes our clothes and what materials? Where do the t-shirts your kids wear come from? Start by asking them some of these questions and giving answers. To stimulate their creativity and respect for the environment and for others, you can teach them to knit or crochet . Among other things, manual work has a high pedagogical and educational value and helps keep the brain in training.
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Combat food waste together
Sometimes children don’t want to finish all the food on their plate. What to do in these cases? Let’s try to explain to them very calmly that in the world not all children are lucky enough to always have something to eat at hand and that for this reason, as a sign of respect for those who are less fortunate, we should never waste and throw away our food .
Learn to recycle
We teach children from an early age that respect for the environment passes first of all by reducing waste with regards to our daily lives. So let’s try to involve them in the separate collection . They will be able to easily learn how easy it is to separate paper from glass or plastic and they will probably be the first to correct you very soon.