Early Childhood Development

Teaching Kids the Importance of Recycling

Early Childhood Development | April 15, 2016
The Gardner School Recycles

One of the best things about your child being an infant, toddler or preschooler is that you have the ability to instill good, healthy habits now. With Earth Day coming up, now is a great time to establish habits to educate them on the importance and benefits of caring for our environment. Inspiring children to care for our environment during their early childhood years will help our children grow up with an awareness of our surroundings and precious resources.

Read About It
Head to your local library to check out a few books discussing recycling in a fun way for your children. Learn about recycling from different perspectives and the journey of recyclables.

  • Michael Recycle by Alexandra Columbo
  • Don’t Throw That Away! A Lift-the-Flap Book About Recycling and Reusing by Betsy Snyder
  • What If Everybody Did That? by Colleen M. Madden
  • I Can Save the Earth! One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by Viviana Garofoli
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Allison Inches & Pete Whitehead

Make Recycling Bins
Let your little ones decorate a few different bins for recycling. As they are embellishing the bins with their favorite pieces, teach them that each will have a specific duty for things such as paper, plastic and cans. Have them place pictures of items on each and give them recyclables to sort out. This helps the local recycling center process recyclables more efficiently once at the facility.


Donate Household Items
There are many other things that can be “recycled” through donations. Stuffed animals, outgrown clothing and old jewelry can be used at many charities. Encourage your children to select which clothes or toys they wish to donate . Donating your old goods will not only help clean your house of unnecessary clutter, it will also establish a “giving” habit in your children. Here are a few donation centers to consider:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Volunteers of America
  • Habitat for Humanity