How to Recycle with Kids

How to Recycle with Kids

By Babysits, 4 min read

The environment needs your help! As Greta Thunberg keeps saying, our planet is slowly changing and we have to take some actions right now! But it is well known that kids don’t like theoretical lessons; therefore, it’s important to portray through daily practice how we can help the environment! Read below to discover how to teach your kids recycling in a fun way.

First, it’s important to understand what recycling means. It is a process that turns waste into fresh materials, objects, or other substances.

How to recycle during your daily routine?

Everybody knows that there are 4 key differences regarding the following recyclables:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Organic
  • Glass

This list can’t be considered exhaustive as you can also have specific bins for your cans or clothes, for example. Everything else should be placed into the residual bin, which collects the waste that can’t be recycled.

Why is recycling important for the environment?

It reduces greenhouse gas emissions; It efficiently makes use of raw materials and resources (for example, water and electric saving); It’s beneficial for your health.

Recycling is supposed to be an activity that everybody should include in their daily routine. For this reason, involving the kids in this activity is even more important because if you teach them how their small contribution can have a positive impact on the environment where they live, there is a greater possibility that they will become responsible adults.

So how to recycle with kids?

You have finally convinced your child to help you, especially in the house, but you don’t know how to teach them in practice? Here you can find 3 unique ways to achieve this:

1. Use visual support

How to recycle

It is known, especially for children, that it’s easier to memorize things if you associate a picture with it. Thanks to this drawing, your kid will know the exact destination of each type of waste object. Use this visual support or make your own after every meal and improve your family teamwork, throwing everything in the correct bin! It can be a fun activity and a constructive way to spend some family time!

2. Donate toys

Another idea to help encourage children to be more responsible and aware of their surrounding environment is to donate toys they no longer use. Kids would love to have more and more toys, without realizing that there is not enough space for both old toys and new ones.

Donation box with toys

It’s normal to tire of old toys, but instead of throwing them out, why not donate them to other children? Take out some boxes and ask your children to help! Explain to them you are doing this not just to waste fewer toys, but you are making other children have a beautiful and unforgettable childhood!

3. Make a DIY

If you are really interested in sustainability, you can also reuse objects, and not just by recycling them. One of our favorite objects is the toilet paper roll, which can become a lot of different creative things.

Two DIY ideas with the Toilet Paper

DIY 1: Racing Cars Have you always wanted to recreate famous racing Cars from the animated movies “Cars”?. Following our detailed tutorial, where you can bring Saetta McQueen and his friends to life!

You can also use this wonderful DIY to teach road safety education. You can draw a road with few road signs and teach your kids the basics.

DIY 2: Maracas We believe that music should be part of everyone’s daily routine! But how do you include it in a fun way, especially for children? You can take some toilet paper rolls and make your own maracas! In less than one hour, you can create one of the most famous musical instruments!

These are two DIY examples to help develop the kids' creativity and have fun wherever you are! For more cool ideas, you can check out this article.

So include these tasks in your daily routine and make it a habit. If you are a babysitter, you can also use some of our ideas to experiment with the kids. It won’t be just an activity to keep the kids busy, but it will also be educational.

We care about the environment and we hope you do too!