6 Easy and Kid-Friendly Ways to Go Green at Home

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Going green helps the environment, so why not instill the practice in children from a young age? Teaching kids fun, practical ways to go green at home is educational, and it will help them learn to incorporate eco-friendly activities into their daily lives in the future.

Here are some ways to go green that can get the kids both involved and excited:

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#1 Design reusable shopping bags

While you're going to be the main user of the reusable shopping bags, you can involve children in their design. Pick up some canvas tote bags from a craft store, along with fabric paint, markers, or other design materials. Then let the kids go wild with their creativity.

Maybe they can draw the planet Earth, trees, and flowers — let their imaginations run amok. Then you'll be able to use the bags rather than wasting plastic ones.

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#2 Devise a routine for unplugging electronics

Kids love to use their electronics — gaming consoles, tablets, computers, phones — but their chargers often stay plugged in. Unused chargers tax the energy bill and waste electricity, so develop a routine with your children. Remind them to unplug their chargers and put them in a basket or drawer. And unplug gaming consoles each day before bed or school. It will help prevent wasted energy, and you'll trip over fewer wires, too.

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#3 Utilize water bottles

Going through multiple water bottles is harsh on the environment. Save a water bottle and refill it instead. A reused water bottle is not only eco-friendly, but it can also be a good stand-in for a glass, thereby reducing dish washings as well.

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How do you make this fun for your kids? Let your children choose and be responsible for fun, colorful water bottles of their very own. This gives them a better chance of keeping track of their bottles, and you'll be able to save money in the long term.

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#4 Do a lights-out night

Whether it's once a week, once a month, or twice a month, do a night without electronics. Unplug everything in the house — TV, game consoles, phones — and do something no-tech as a family. Read a book, play a board game, paint a picture — whatever seems fun and interesting to your children.

You'll save a little on the electricity bill, and it's a good opportunity to bond as a family. Plus, it's a great way to teach the importance of environmental awareness in a way they'll look forward to and remember.

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#5 Create a kid-friendly garden

What young kid doesn't like to get down in the dirt? Gardening is a great opportunity to teach kids about nature and the environment. They'll get to watch and see how certain elements — water, seeds, fertilizers — combine to create something new. They can also have a part in the plant's creation and enjoy responsibility for helping it reach its final form.

Depending on the age of your children, you might also teach them basic science — like how sun and water are necessary to make plants grow. It's a great hands-on teaching opportunity.

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#6 Teach recycling with crafts

Children love arts and crafts. If you give them boxes, toilet paper rolls, old magazines, popsicle sticks, and other recycled items, you can teach them how using old items to create new things helps the environment. Then you can tell them how it applies in the real world, depending on how old they are and how well they'll understand the concept.

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