Eco-friendly activities with kids in Atlanta
Teaching your child about the importance of environment preservation will help him or her learn about real-world issues, to appreciate nature and to use natural resources carefully.
We should look at ways to celebrate our planet every day. Eco-friendly habits are something that many of us want to instill into the next generation as second nature.
Charnell the owner of Clean Corp says “Coming from a cleaning company that helps people organize their home in a much better and greener way, getting kids conscious about the environment is often unseen but is very critical. At a young age, we can already impart ways they can reduce their carbon footprint on our planet. This is what future generation molding is all about.”
Especially during these uncertain times where kids are forced into homeschooling for safety reasons. It’s no small task to keep your kids on track with their school curriculums, especially when it comes to reading, writing, and math. The extracurricular part is where you can really have fun with it! And since you’re here we have a feeling that you and your kids are nature-lovers through and through.
That’s why we’ve gathered 3 fun ways to engage your kids around sustainability, start some great new conversations, and have fun along the way while planting the seeds of environmental consciousness in them.
Engage Your Kids at Home
1. Milk Jug Flower Potting
Children can reuse empty plastic milk containers as they make flower pots, which can be used as gifts.
What you need:
- Plastic gallon, half gallon, or quart milk jugs (1 per child)
- Fabric, felt, and paper scraps
- Craft glue
- Potting soil
- Small rocks
- Flowers or flower seeds
- Old plates
What you do:
- Give each child a milk container to rinse out with cool, clear water. An adult should cut the top off the plastic jug just underneath the handle.
- Try to cut it evenly, leaving a square bowl-shaped container. The adult should cover the rough edges with fabric with children’s help, and the adult should use scissors to pierce holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Children can decorate the flower pot with fabric, paper scraps, and glue. When the glue is dry, have the children put small rocks in the bottom of the flower pot.
- Cover the rocks with soil. Plant the flower or seeds and cover with more soil.
- Place the plate under the flower pot so the water won’t leak through the drainage holes.
Pro Tip: This flower pot is for indoor use. The paper and glue will not hold up outdoors.
2. Milk Carton Bird Feeder
What you need:
- Clean empty quart sized milk carton (1 per child)
- Hole punch
- Bird seed
What you do:
- Children can rinse out a milk carton with cool clean water. An adult should use scissors to cut a hole in the front of each milk carton.
- The hole should be large enough for a bird to enter but not so large that it will tip over when filled with bird seed.
- Use a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the carton. Each child can string the piece of string or cord through the hole on their carton. Have children fill their carton with birdseed.
- Hang each bird feeder on a branch of a tree.
Every time a bird perches on this feeder, your child will surely delight and surely be proud of themselves.
3. Make an Observable Compost
What happens to the banana peels, apple cores, orange peels, and chunks of carrots and cucumbers left over from lunch or snack time?
Instead of throwing them into the trash can, children can help to compost them.
Composting is the natural breaking down of organic materials such as fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, yard trimmings, and grass clippings.
Composting is a practical way for child care facilities to reduce waste by doing something useful with materials that might otherwise be thrown away. Composting is wonderful for the garden waste, such as fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds, into something very useful.
Get children involved to help them understand the benefits of composting. Children can help collect the items that can be put into the composting bin. They can collect grass and leaves from the yard and make sure that the correct food scraps and fruit and vegetable peelings are placed in a bucket in the kitchen to be added to the compost bin or outside.
Children can also help adults water and mix the compost. If you are not ready to start a compost pile in the backyard, think about making this smaller version with the children in your care.
Bonus: Creating a Bottle Compost with your Kids
What you need:
- A clear two liter plastic soda bottle
- 2 cups of fruit and vegetable scraps, chopped in small pieces
- 1 cup of grass clippings and leaves
- 1 cup of dirt
- 1 tablespoon of fertilizer
- 1 cup of shredded newspaper
- Water, leaves, grass, etc.
What you do:
- Remove the label from the soda bottle, leave the lid on, and cut around the bottle about ¾ of the way up to form a flip top. Don’t cut it totally off! Adults, you may need to do the cutting, depending on the ages of the children.
- Fold the flip top back on the bottle to fill it as detailed below.
- Place soil to cover the bottom. If the soil is dry, moisten it by spraying it with water from the spray bottle.
- Add a thin layer of fruit scraps. Cover with a thin layer of dirt. Sprinkle a tablespoon of fertilizer. Add a layer of leaves and grass.
- Continue layering materials until the bottle is almost full.
- When finished, tape the flip top back in place and mark with a permanent marker the height of the compost on the bottle.
- Put in a sunny spot, such as on a window sill.
- Every day roll the bottle on the floor to circulate the material.
- If it gets too moist take the lid off to help dry it out a little bit.
- If it gets too dry add a little water.
The compost should be ready to use in 30 days or when most of the fruit and vegetable scraps are broken down.