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Teach your children
Children will prioritize recycling from today into the future ONLY once they really understand what recycling is and the importance of it – which is why teaching your children that everyday household waste can be reused and recycled is one of the most valuable life skills you could give them. This lesson will not only lead to a future with reduced waste, but it will also exercise their level of creativity through fun learning.
RECYCLING IS FUN AND EASY ONCE YOU KNOW HOW
TURN RECYCLING INTO A GAME
Game #1: Toss the rubbish
Children enjoy putting their aiming skills to the test when discarding anything into the bin. therefore you can have a ‘toss the rubbish into the bin’ game, where you have your different recycling bins (labelled according to the different types of recycling that should go into the bins) mounted to the wall or alternatively have them arranged on the floor against the wall with their lids open. Your children can then practice their aiming skills by tossing their different recyclables into the correct bins. you can encourage them to try aiming from further away to create more excitement – the ultimate goal is to not miss the bin.
Game #2: Guess the category
Children also enjoy showing off how smart they are, which can be used in the ‘guess the category’ game, where you have all the different recyclables laid out and see who can sort the items into the correct bin. To create more excitement, you can monitor the time it takes your child to do this, as motivation to improve their speed, while still maintaining correctness.
Paying your local recycling centre a visit
You can arrange a tour with your local recycling centre, through appointment, for the same day you and your child go drop off your month’s collection of recycling. During the tour, where they will see what goes into recycling as well as the machines and methods used, you can also point out items in the centre’s bins that your child may recognize and request them to do the same to increase learning. Also ask the tour guide to point out the link between what we recycle and how the centre use these to create new products.
Using recyclables to make cool creations
If your child enjoys arts and crafts, you can encourage the use of recyclables to make cool creations and gifts – like using plastic milk containers, cut and decorated as desired to make pencil holders; using thin cardboard cut into squares, folded and decorated to make little jewelry boxes. This allows your children to enjoy exercising their creativity and making cool things they can be proud of and use.