Children are always learning. And, everyday life can be its own classroom. Turn something as common as your own neighborhood into a learning adventure by using some of the activities listed below.
Teach your children the importance of protecting the environment and your neighborhood. Explain that by recycling products they are helping the environment and their community. Start by sitting down with your child and picking an item to recycle. Begin with something simple like juice pouches, potato chip bags, or old newspapers. Next, set up a place to keep the recycled product. Then, you and your child can begin collecting and recycling.
Planting trees is another way to help protect the environment. Begin this activity by talking to you child about the importance of trees to the humans and the environment. You can use books like The Great Kapok Tree to stress the impact that trees have on everything in the environment. Next, decide what type of tree you and your child would like to plant and where the two of you will like to plant it. Once you have chosen your tree and a good location, you and your child are all set.
Plant a garden with your child. This will teach them to appreciate the environment and to be responsible. These tiny gardens will also help your child learn how the food they consume is produced. Whether you have an outdoor garden or only a small box in a window, plant some vegetable or herbs.
Effects of litter
Teach your child the importance of keeping the neighborhood clean. Explain why throwing trash out of the window or putting it anywhere other than a designated spot is wrong. Talk to them about the impact littering has on wildlife, plants, and them.
Draw pictures of plants
One of the simplest ways to appreciate nature is to capture it on canvas. Encourage your child to draw or to paint pictures of flowers and other plants that you find in the neighborhood. You can even turn these works of art into memorable picture books.
Community helpers are a vital part of any neighborhood. They contribute to the safety and health of everyone in the neighborhood. Explain to your child what community helpers are and how important these people are to the neighborhood. One way to that is to have your child read books about community helpers. Another way to teach your child about community helpers is to take him or her on a field trip to community buildings and offices. This will give your child a first-hand view of community helpers in action, and it will help them to better understand their importance.
Turn everyday moments into learning experiences. Begin those lessons in your own neighborhood.