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Teaching Kids About Composting

By Fredrica Syren:

I work very hard to teach my kids about the value of the environment and the importance of preserving the world around them. This, I feel, helps ensure a positive future for the earth.

One very simple but fun way to teach kids about recycling, giving back and the circle of life is by teaching them about composting. I believe it is important that weBella and Noah with compost include the children in our efforts to protect and restore the environment. Educating kids about composting is surely a great way to start. Gardening and kids are a natural mix. It involves dirt, digging and water – children’s favorites.

Composting truly is one of Mother Nature’s most miraculous processes. Using only natural means, you’re able to turn “waste” into one of the most beautiful and productive growing mediums. You don’t need a huge garden — or any garden at all — to compost.

We have a very basic worm bin made from a plastic tub. You can learn here how to make your own. We stocked the bin with shredded paper and soil, then bought about a pound of red wiggler earthworms at our local nursery. The worms devour food scraps and other waste such as paper, and turn it all into nutrient-rich castings that our garden loves. The worms are vegetarians and do not like acidic or spicy foods, dairy or oils. To avoid fruit flies, do not place bananas in the bin and make sure to bury the scraps in the soil. You want to make sure the worm bin is not too dry or too wet. If it’s Bella holding a wormtoo dry, the worms will dry out or try to escape; too wet, they will drown.

We collect food scraps in a used yogurt container and put the kids in charge of feeding it to the worms. It’s so great to see how well they care for them, and how they learn about waste and what can and cannot be reused.

Happy Composting!

Here are some kids books I recommend about composting:

Pee Wee At Castle Compost

http://www.amazon.com/Worms-Eat-My-Garbage-Composting/dp/0977804518

https://www.bookdepository.com/Compost-by-Gosh-Michelle-Eva-Portman/9780942256161

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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One comment

  1. Larraine Roulston

    Hi Fredrica. When I came across your blog, I thought you might like to know about my books too. The following is what I’ve been promoting this week. Best, Larraine

    PEE WEE AT CASTLE COMPOST

    Striving for zero waste? Pee Wee, the little red wiggler worm, will help students learn to compost in a series of illustrated adventure books that are fun and factual.
    Each book contains ideas and resources for teachers. As well, Pee Wee’s puppet show script and teacher’s guide will be emailed to interested educators.

    With Valentine’s Day coming up and the fact that worms have 5 pairs of hearts, I am offering, until February 14th, Pee Wee’s colouring book free with book orders. Red wigglers love to celebrate the day too.

    Please visit http://www.castlecompost.com Thanks, Larraine

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