Green kids aren’t born, they are made. They are taught environmentally friendly habits by their parents and peers. Sustainability lessons for kids come by the way of science teachers and scouting troop projects. Eco friendly kids are molded by those around them and should be encouraged and rewarded for their hard work. And Barbara’s (those delicious wholesome cereals and snacks!), wants to recognize service minded kids who work hard make their community a better place.
Summer is the perfect time for Sustainability Lessons!
When my children were young, summer vacations were filled with educational opportunities. We took field trips to the zoo, got educational books out of the library, and found other ways to prevent summer brain drain. I researched environmental projects for kids that would get them excited about learning.
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I spent a lot of time supplementing my children’s education. We chose lessons that focused on topics that I felt were important. Art, music, the environment, and science are losing focus in our elementary schools and those are all subjects that my husband and I are passionate about.
Want to supplement your child’s education? Are you homeschooling and looking for more hands-on activities? Get your kids involved in the sustainable activities below and then make sure you nominated them for the Barabara’s Believe in Better contest! Remember, eco friendly kids are not born, they are nurtured to become that way!
Environmental Projects for Kids
The key to successful educational projects for kids is that a hands-on lesson plan is WAY more fun. Look for fun environmental projects that will let them get involved, get their hands dirty, and give them a final project that they can be proud of.
Learn How to Build a Toad House
There are a number of reasons you want toads in your yard. Basically, toads eat bugs. And bugs are a gardener’s worst nightmare. If you enjoy gardening, consider building your own toad house. Check out GardeningKnowhow.com for directions for a DIY toad house. If you don’t want to build one yourself, head over to Amazon and check out their selection of toad houses. Your kids can still do a lesson about amphibians and head outside to check out your latest neighbor.
Build a Wild Bird Nesting Box for an Environmentally Friendly Yard
Teaching kids about birds is easy because they are literally EVERYWHERE. You can include a diverse array of topics from anatomy and physiology to the physics of flying to geography as you research migration patterns.
If you don’t have a collection of wood laying around to make your own birdhouse, check out the birdhouse kits on Amazon. Read my recent post about adding wild bird nesting boxes to your yard to ensure you bring as many birds to your yard as possible.
Teach Kids How to Plant a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies (and most other pollinators) are declining in numbers rapidly. By planting a butterfly garden, you can do your part to help boost the survival of a species. If you are looking for diy environment projects for kids, this one will be a ton of fun for years to come.
Teach your children about different sorts of plants and their anatomy while you choose which vibrant colors you want to include in your yard. Talk to them about how butterflies and other pollinators play a part in our food system.
Once the butterflies arrive and lay eggs and/or build their cocoons, you can talk about the butterfly life cycle. Check out my post on how to plant a butterfly garden to get started. Then, consider building a honeybee watering station which butterflies will love, too.
Go on a Nature Walk
Nature walks are a great way to teach your children about the world right outside their front door. Strap on your shoes and grab a bag to collect your samples. Encourage your children to get dirty, look under rocks, climb trees and explore small streams.
The most memorable lessons you teach your children will be the ones where they had FUN while they learned. Buy a nature walk journal to record your findings or encourage your children to make one from a recycled cereal box and some scrap paper. Encourage them to find a way to use their discoveries in a few nature crafts once they get home.
Participate in a River Cleanup With Your Child
Want environmental projects for kids that also give back to the community? Check out the National River Cleanup program through AmericanRivers.org. This is a great way to support your local community while also teaching your kids a few valuable lessons.
Talk about pollution, recycling, and our trash system. Discuss the chemistry of water and how oil, detergents, and other chemicals affect it. Depending on the age of your children, incorporate a few water chemistry projects at home to enforce the lesson.
Set up a Worm Composting Bin for Kitchen Waste
Need environmental protection projects that will also benefit YOU? Try vermicomposting! Worms are a bit high on the ‘ick factor’ but they are very important in our natural world. They are also hugely fun for kids to play with!
Teach your children about their life cycle and how worms and other decomposers help rid our world of unneeded organic material. Set up an indoor worm bin or put it in the garage or outside if it isn’t too hot or cold.
Decorating a Rain Barrel is a Fun Environmental Project Idea
Do your part to conserve water and decorate a rain barrel with your kids. Rain barrels are a great way to help reduce your water bill as well. Lesson plans that go along with your rain barrel will, of course, include the water cycle.
Discuss things like erosion, evaporation, condensation, and other similar topics. Decorating a rain barrel is also a great fundraising idea for scouting troops, schools, and other children’s programs. Decorate the rain barrel and hold an auction to raise money for your group!
There are so many environmental activities for kids to help get them excited about the world around them. Include major academic knowledge and skills that are required by your state and local government or educational institutions. The best way to raise green kids is to start them off young. Show them how exciting nature really is and they will strive to protect it when they get older!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.