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Teaching Your Kids to Recycle With Recycling Games

by Robin McDaniel

Teaching children to recycle is important for their future and the future of the planet. There are many activities that will help kids learn the facts about recycling while keeping them entertained. Your children can explore the world of recycling through experiments, games, activities and reading to contribute to the health and future of our planet.

Online Games

The internet provides extensive resources that will help your child learn about recycling. There are interactive games on sites such as National Geographic Kids, Science Kids and Recycleguys.org that provide a technology-based learning experience that is interesting and fun. There are game levels for both younger and older children that offer feedback and score levels to help kids stay entertained and informed.

Printed Puzzles, Coloring Books and Books

There are a wide variety of puzzles and coloring books that focus on recycling available for children. These are particularly useful for kids who do not have online access, or just like to color or do puzzles. Many books, such as "Why Should I Recycle," "The Earth and I" and "Why should I Save Water," also discuss the benefits of recycling in child-friendly language.

Activities and Crafts

Kids can learn about recycling by making things out of recycled materials. For instance, they might build a birdhouse out of a milk carton, a locket out of a bottle cap, holiday ornaments from toilet paper rolls and a drum out of a coffee can. These activities can be done with your child individually or in a group to make it an even more satisfying experience.

Gardening

You might get a group of kids together to plant a garden using compost, recycled wood and concrete. They can use discarded drinking cups or bowls in which to plant seedlings and plastic bags to cover the ground and prevent weeds. Planting a garden will help teach kids about how to reuse garbage and materials to create something new, and also about the importance of sustainability. Butterfly or pollinator gardens are a great ways to teach kids about how insects benefit the environment. Another group activity is to have a scavenger hunt in which kids compete as they look for things that can be recycled.

About the Author

Robin McDaniel is a writer, educator and musician. She holds a master's degree in higher educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton as well as a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in adult in community education. McDaniel enjoys writing, blogging, web design, singing and playing bass guitar.

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