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Help Your Child Go Green This Earth Day

Primrose Conservation IdeasEarth Day reminds us of our shared responsibility to take care of the environment, and it’s the perfect opportunity to teach your child lessons in good citizenship. While conservation can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp, parents and caregivers can help little ones begin to understand it by talking about the importance of protecting the earth and engaging them in fun activities that encourage environmentally friendly habits.

How to Introduce Conservation to Children

  • Make it relatable. The idea of saving the planet can be daunting – especially for little ones! Start with a topic that children can relate to, like littering, and explain how where they leave trash impacts the environment.
  • Use everyday opportunities. Find opportunities in your child’s normal daily activities to point out the importance of conversation. For example, teach your child to say, “One dot will do it!” when using glue, or encourage her to use both sides of sheets of paper when drawing pictures. Don’t forget to explain the reasoning behind conserving each material.
  • Model good habits. Environmentally friendly activities that are practiced by the whole family every day or on a regular basis helps foster the same good habits in little ones. Here are a few ways your family can “go green”:
    • Turn the lights off every time you leave a room.
    • Always turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth.
    • Take reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.
    • Unplug your cell phone charger and hair dryer when not in use.

Fun Ways to Practice Conservation at Home