Teaching children good recycling habits at an early age can be not only rewarding for our environment, but can also be fun and educational. The best way for you to encourage recycling habits in your young ones is to lead by example. As a parent we are the ones children look up to and learn from. Most children learn by observations they see and imitating the ones around them.
Make recycling fun. Some children may view recycling as a chore and not be as enthusiastic as to join in. Come up with a game, make a craft out of some recycling items you may have, provide incentives for their good recycling habits. While keeping it fun, do not forget to include the educational portion as well. Tell your children the benefits of recycling and why we should be doing our part. Empower them and let them know that even a small child can make a difference by doing their part. We have to promote change now to see results in the future.
Above all else keep it simple and praise their efforts. Make recyclable bins in your home that are labeled according to the different materials and be sure they are accessible to children; this will promote them to get into a recycling rhythm. In the end praise them for any bit they can contribute to this process. For any little bit we can do for our world is a step in the right direction.