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Is going green important to you? Then you should teach your kids to go green, too. Take a look at these five games and activities to get the whole family involved in making a lifestyle change together.plant a garden Image via Flickr by Skrewtape

  • Plant a Family Garden

Planting a garden is a proactive way for your family to go green. It gives you the opportunity to talk to your kids about organic gardening and water conservation. The best part about planting a garden with your kids is that they get more excited to eat vegetables after taking an active role in growing the food. You can weed the garden together and take turns watering it throughout the week. If you don’t have the space or time to take care of an entire garden, you can get a couple of pots and plant one or two things indoors for your children to take care of.

  • Play Energy Police

One really great way to get your kids thinking about conserving energy and water is to pretend to be energy police. Give your kids badges and have them do things that are eco-friendly, such as turning off lights and monitoring water usage. Create charts and prizes to make this an ongoing event. You can also take turns being the chief of the energy police. Kids will begin taking a more active role in conserving energy and encourage others in the family to do the same thing. While playing energy police, you can also do green home projects together, like sealing doors and windows.

  • Create a Recycling Game

Recycling is an important step in going green. Start by placing a recycling bin in your kitchen and encouraging your family to use it. At the end of the week, have a recycling race game where the kids quickly sort the recycling bin into different types of recyclable materials. You can also look for items in the recycling bin that can be reused in art projects or around the house.

  • Buy Some Eco-Friendly Books and Movies

It’s easier for kids to get excited about going green when they have books and movies to help them learn. There are all sorts of books you can buy about recycling, conserving energy, and reducing your impact on the environment around you. Books and movies also give you the opportunity to talk to your kids about these topics.

  • Plan a Neighborhood Cleanup Activity

It’s great to do things in your own home that help your kids go green, but they should see that it’s important to be green outside of the home, too. Plan a neighborhood cleanup where your kids look for trash while out on a walk or help a neighbor with a recycling project.

If you teach your kids to go green and model the behavior for them, they are more likely to stay green throughout their lives. That’s why it’s important to teach about eco-friendly topics while going about your family activities.

Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share?

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    Stafford
    March 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Love this post! Our community has a sign up for clean up activity on a monthly basis. I’ve been telling my family that I want to plant a garden as soon as it gets warm.

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    DJ
    March 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Great tips! We compost, have a garden, and I also play energy police with my family too.

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    Katy
    March 20, 2017 at 3:07 am

    This is such a great post. Our daughter is three now, and she seems just old enough to begin understanding what it means to be kind to others and the Earth. We just planted some herbs and vegetables in pots on our patio, and I’m so surprised to see how excited she is to work on our “garden” each day. She also helps with the recycling. I love the energy police game. She would love “catching” someone being “bad”. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    Maryann D.
    March 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    These are all great ideas! I really do want to start Planting a Family Garden. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, so this would be perfect for us.

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    darla
    March 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    These are really simple good ideas can that add up.

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    Peggy Nunn
    March 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    these are great ideas. We are the neighborhood police too. It is just good practices.

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    Janet W.
    March 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

    We talk about recycling in our house and my grandsons know what to put in the recycling box and not to put. We also love to grow our own tomatoes!

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