My kids are still fairly young at 5, 4 and 2. They are not, however, too young to learn about recycling and how important it is to our Earth. April is Earth Month and it’s the perfect time teaching kids about recycling. My kids have been somewhat familiar with it for a while now since we have been recycling items in our home for years. We all know there’s always more to learn and teaching them the hows and whys behind the action is something we are working on this month as a way to celebrate Earth Month and take part in the PepsiCo Recycle Rally.
Teaching Kids About Recycling
First and foremost, let them be “hands on” with it. Let the kids take part in recycling. We have separate containers for various items we recycle and the kids love making sure an item is put in the right bin. Next time you are recycling something give it to your little one to put in the right place, I bet he/she gets it right!
Second, in order to teach kids about recycling you have to make it fun for them! That’s what being a kids is all about – F U N. We recently had a discussion with LA and Addy (our 5 and 4 year olds) about what recycling is. We planned a fun project of making Earth crayons out of our broken crayons so they could actually “recycle” something and have fun with it!
We used broken crayons in various shades of blues and greens as well as some white crayons and peeled the wrappers off. We then placed them in the cupcake liners and baked at 250 degrees for approximately 10-13 minutes. (The above pan was when we were still filling the liners, you’ll want to fill them with approximately two layers of crayons and make sure to not put all blues together, all green together, mix them up for a fun outcome!) Watch the crayons closely as they are in the oven and don’t let them melt too much because you don’t want the colors to all mix together to make one shade. You want to still see the blues, greens and white separate from each other. Once you remove from the oven let the crayons cool for 15 minutes and then peel from the wrappers.
Our Earth crayons turned out beautifully! The kids love them and LA wants to make some for his classmates, too! We talked for a while about how recycling allows an item to be make into something else to be used again and how this saves trash from going to our landfills.
Finally, when teaching kids about recycling, let them get involved in a project or mission. This Earth Month we are working with LA and his school officials to set up a project at the school. PepsiCo sent us some fun swag to pass out! The #RecycleRally is something he is looking forward to helping with after spring break! The PepsiCo Recycle Rally is a FREE nationwide program that directly benefits K-12 schools and students by providing valuable incentives and resources to help make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.
The Recycle Rally offers frequent promotions that offer prizes for taking simple actions to promote recycling or organizing efforts to bring excitement to recycling at school. Schools can also accumulate reward points in your online account and redeem them for goodies like recycling bins, supplies and other exciting items, so if you know anyone who works at a school or if you want to get this started at your child’s school please check out the information about the PepsiCo Recycle Rally now and fill out the application!
Start by teaching them at home about recycling and when they go to school they’ll be able to help their friends know what can be recycled. It’s easy to recycle in classrooms and in cafeterias and there is so much that can be recycled – imagine what a huge difference this one Recycle Rally is going to make!
What are some ways that you are teaching kids to recycle? Won’t you join us and take part in the PepsiCo Recycle Rally?