By Julia Martin:
The future lies in the hands of our next generation, and it’s up to us to let them become aware of what is happening with regards to our environment. Children are focused on social media and their gadgets nowadays, and not really going outside to experience nature. What we can do as parents or guardians is to guide them to be more aware of their surroundings and teach them how to take care of the environment in order to make the world a better place for them in the future.
Here are five ways to make children more aware of our natural environment:
- Introduce Them to the Great Outdoors
What better way to experience the environment than to go outdoors to feel the breeze of fresh air? You can take your kids on a camping trip where they can experience the wild and run free to the forest. There are nature parks safe for kids, where they can have adventures like climbing, swimming in the lakes or rivers, or enjoying the hands-on experience of interacting with animals. You also can have a family picnic in botanical gardens. When you involve children in the beautiful outdoors, you can make them realize that the earth is a beautiful place to live in and that we should preserve it as much as we can.
- Involve Them in Tree Planting Activities
Join an organization that promotes the importance of planting trees. This could be organized by the school or your local community. Planting trees is a great way to motivate your children to help preserve the environment. It’s much better to join them in this activity to show support and help mold them into becoming responsible adults of the future.
- Take Them to Interactive Learning Centers
There are a lot of learning centers that emphasize the importance of taking care of the environment. They can be found in science centers, museums or even nature parks. There are interactive educational activities designed to immerse them in learning more about the environment. The staff sometimes put on a show about endangered animals, cleaning the environment and the importance of protecting the earth. These programs could influence your children’s responses to important matters regarding prevention of further environmental damage they might face in the future.
- Build a Garden Together
If you have free space (like a backyard) for planting at home, why not build yourselves a garden? To spark their interest, let your children help you plant and take care of vegetation. By giving them a seed and watching it grow, you are helping them be aware of the wonders of nature, and developing their value of responsibility. You can plant flowers, beans or fruit-bearing plants and vegetables; and when you are ready to harvest, your children can help you gather the produce and prepare it in the kitchen.
- Through Games, Teach Them About Protecting the Earth
Games are a great way to teach your children about responsibility. Have them help you clean the house by educating them about recycling. You can ask them to help you sort the trash — what goes into the biodegradable bin and the non-biodegradable bin. Another way is by creating crafts out of cardboard boxes, or reusing items as toys for them. Let your children make beautiful artwork with natural materials like leaves, dried flowers or twigs. You can also play a game of who puts their toys faster into their respective boxes or cleans up their mess quicker. Children love games, so by merely showing them through play, they likely will have fun and remember valuable lessons as they grow older.
As a responsible parent, you should educate your children about the importance of taking care of our natural environment. If you are a particularly busy person, maybe you have appointed a tuition teacher to help your kids with subjects like English, math, physics, chemistry and more. If so, you can ask the teacher to discuss various aspects of our natural environment, like how humans are harming the natural environment and exactly what we should do to protect it. One way or another, the goal should be to help your children become more environmentally responsible individuals as they grow older.