Today’s kids are tomorrow’s future. What parents teach to their children today is the key to the future of our society in the next few decades.

For parents who are concerned about sustainability and our planet Earth, water conservation for kids is certainly one of the most important lessons to teach to our kids.

It is important for us to realize that kids are never too young to start learning some simple water saving tips. With small efforts at home taken over time, the long term accumulated impact of our kids’ water conservation can be staggering.

If you are unsure of how you should start to teach water conservation for kids, check out the following article for 20 simple ways of doing so!

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Did you know that kids can make a very important difference towards water conservation? But first off, why do we even need to know about conserving water? Water is a natural resource that we derive from the Earth. Without it, we would not be able to live! Imagine a world with no water at all. You wouldn’t be able to drink it, bathe, swim and so on. Without clean water, other creatures, such as plants, animals, birds and ocean life would also get sick and die after drinking polluted water. Although kids don’t work at large companies or the government, they can still make a huge impact simply by starting at home and changing the way their families, friends and classmates use water. To get an idea of how much water we could all save if we all made a small effort, think about this: If every person across the nation flushed their toilets one time less every day, together they could all save enough water to fill a lake as large as a mile wide and long and four feet in depth! Now that you know how easy it can be to help save water, try some of the ideas below and start doing your part to change our world.

20 Ways Kids Can Help to Save Water:

Whenever you wash your hands, don’t leave the water running. Wet your hands and turn the water off. Use soap and lather your hands well, then turn the water on to rinse. Turn off the water and make sure it is off completely. Then dry your hands.

Do the same when you brush your teeth. Turn the faucet on to get your toothbrush and toothpaste wet, and then again to rinse your mouth and toothbrush. Don’t leave the water running while you’re brushing.

Tell your friends what you’re doing and why and encourage them to do the same.

Tell adults when faucets are dripping.

Since baths use a lot of water (about 37 gallons on average), take short showers instead and use only about 20 gallons of water, instead.

Use a wastebasket for used tissues, or things like gum wrappers, paper towels, or even dead bugs or goldfish. Don’t flush them – the average flush uses as much as 5 gallons of water! Even if the toilets in your house are “low-flow” toilets, using them for trash still uses 1.5 gallons of water unnecessarily.

A regular shower head uses as much as 7 gallons of water every minute. Let adults know they could get a free low-flow shower head at the local water district. Or, suggest that they look for a low flow shower head that has a cut-off valve that shuts off the water flow while lathering your hair or shaving legs. You can then turn the water back on, without it starting off cold again. This will help to conserve even more water while showering.

Do you have plants in your house? When meals are prepared and vegetables or other fresh produce are washed, collect that water and use it to water the plants.

In the tank part of the toilets in your house, put several drops of food coloring into the water. If you see the coloring seeping into the bowl, there’s a leak. Fixing it can save about 600 gallons of water each month!

Do you like a drink of cold water now and then? Rather than running the kitchen faucet for several minutes to get cold water, keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.

Put a barrel outdoors to catch rain water, then use that water for things like watering plants or flushing toilets and save hundreds of gallons of water a year!

In the summertime, it’s fun to play under the lawn sprinkler. When you do, make sure it’s when the lawn is being watered at the same time.

Do you have other summer water toys that require a running hose? These might be fun, but they also waste gallons and gallons of water.

Is there a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink? Then, you know the water has to run into it when you turn on the switch. Instead of doing that and wasting water, why not start composting food waste instead? Collect things like fruit skins and peels, vegetable leaves and stems, and even dead plants and flowers. In a ceramic container, keep them moist and toss them for air once a week. The compost can then be added to a garden like a vitamin for your outdoor plants!

Encourage the others in your home, and your friends, not to leave any faucet running. Only use what is truly needed!

If there is a dishwasher in your house, encourage everyone to scrape their plates rather than rinse them before loading them into the machine. It should always be full before turning it on.

Do you notice that your toilet handle “sticks” and has to be “jiggled” for the toilet to stop flushing? If this is happening, water is continuously running through the toilet and needs to be fixed. Let the adults in your home know.

Is there a leaky faucet or toilet in the bathroom at school? Be sure to let someone know so that it can be repaired.

If there is a pool or a hot tub at your house, encourage those who use it to cover it afterwards. This prevents evaporation and having to keep refilling.

If the adults in your home occasionally water the lawn, encourage them to water in the cooler parts of the day (early morning, or at or after sunset), and never on windy days. This keeps in the soil all the water being sprayed instead of most of the water being lost to evaporation.

Even if you do just one thing each day to contribute to your home’s water conservation, you’re doing the right thing!

World Earth Day is coming up on this Sunday, 22nd April 2018!

It is a significant day to raise awareness about our planet, environment, and on how we treat the nature.

From indoor to outdoor, there are plenty of Earth Day activities that parents can try with their little ones.

Many parents who are concerned about raising Earth Day awareness might be looking at how to teach kids about Earth Day.

If you are still unsure of what activities should you be trying out with your kids, we have got your back!

The following article discusses 8 interactive Earth Day activities that you could try to teach kids about Earth Day!

Try them out now and comment below to share your favorite activity with us!

Via Earth911: 8 Interactive Ways to Teach Children About Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 of each year, which is right around the corner. The day is meant to show support for a variety of environmental concerns and ways that we can help keep earth clean and healthy. In its concept stages, Earth Day was set to be held on March 21, the first day of spring, but later it was declared for April 22, and celebrated first in the year 1970. The celebration went international in the year 1990, and today it’s celebrated worldwide with events held in various countries.

Earth Day, there’s only one

So why is it important to teach our children about Earth Day? Children are the future — if anyone is going to make a difference and start new ways of protecting the earth, it’s our children. We can teach them now how to care for earth and keep it healthy and clean for generations to come. We have completed many challenges in keeping the earth healthy for all, and there are so many more to come. Now is the time to show the youth how to keep it going strong!

So how can you teach your children about Earth Day? There are a number of ways:

Read books

There are many books available for all ages about how we can recycle, help protect the earth and conserve energy. Head to your local library to see what they have. Many libraries will highlight books about the earth around Earth Day, so it will be easy to find them. If not, ask a librarian for help finding a few that are age appropriate for your children. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss are two very popular ones that children enjoy. You can throw in some projects that revolve around those books as well.

Spend time in the outdoors

One of the simplest ways to talk about the earth is to get outside! Go camping if that’s your thing, or just spend the day outside exploring on a hike or a nature walk. Talk about the things that you see, hear and smell. Look into whether you have local nature centers in your area. They will have activities for Earth Day that you and your children can participate in.

Teach them about water and electricity conservation
Around the home, one thing that helps not only the bills, but also the earth, is conserving water and electricity. Even if your child is only 3 years old, you can begin teaching them about:

  • turning lights off
  • shutting the water off when they brush their teeth
  • unplugging things when not in use, etc.

It’s important for kids to grow up doing these things to create good habits for down the road when they are older, or on their own. BONUS: It will help save money and conserve energy!

Create a story about the earth

After reading stories about Earth Day, and being conservative with energy and water, have your child write a short story and color some photos. You can go online and print off Earth Day printables, or just a few things that they might want to make a story with and let them color and tell you what the story is about. Help them decide on a theme and what the characters will do.

Participate in a local event


Many cities will have events on Earth Day to do things like recycle or raise money for local nature centers, recycling centers, etc. Some areas have marathons, children’s events and vendor fairs, among other things. Research what your area or areas near you do to plan your Earth Day festivities. (Here’s what’s happening for Earth Day 2017.)

Create recycled art

There are many, many art projects that can be done with recycled materials. Indoor projects, outdoor lawn projects — the possibilities are endless. If you have friends or family that use a lot of plastic bottles, you can ask them to save them for you so you can set up a bowling game. You could recycle tin cans by painting them or putting paper around them to hold writing utensils, or use old stones, sticks, recycled items and other things to create an outdoor art project. There are tons of ideas online that you can try out with your children!

If you have pets, there are even projects that you can do for them on Earth Day. Upcycle old T-shirts or towels and turn them into dog toys.

Plant a tree, garden or anything else that can grow in your yard

Planting aids in producing more air for the earth, and there are many small varieties that you can purchase for your yard (or large if you are in need of larger trees). If your area has a tree planting event, you can always participate in that as well.

Gardens are beneficial for so many reasons! It’s the perfect springtime project for you and your little ones. Even if they are very little, planting things like carrots, potatoes and beans are great because they are all easy to plant and easy to care for. You get to enjoy those fresh fruits and veggies after they are done growing, and teach your child about sustaining your own backyard garden. If you live in an apartment or do not have yard space, try out garden boxes or indoor gardening kits. You can also look into an indoor herb garden, which is also easy to care for and grow.

Create a compost bin for summer gardens and plants

Composting cuts down on your garbage that ends up in landfills, and it can benefit your outdoor plants. There are even options if you are in an apartment. Many cities have local composting sites that you can bring compost to in your city to help community gardens.

Composting is easy to start with a few minor purchases like a garbage can and compost starter — it doesn’t need to cost you more than about $30 to get started. Drill holes in a garbage can and begin adding things like leaves, fruits and veggies, eggshells, old plants, sticks, etc. These items will all break down as time goes on. A compost starter will boost it and get it going faster. You will still need to mix it up once or twice a week to help it along. Once you start planting your garden or outdoor plants for spring and summer, if your compost is ready (mixed in, decomposed, etc.), you can churn it in with the soil, or plant your things and wait until the compost is ready to add it to the soil. It will benefit your yard either way!

These are just a few ways to teach your child the meaning of Earth Day. How will you be celebrating Earth Day with your family?

Via Your Story: How to teach your children the importance of wildlife conservation

Sensitising children towards conserving wildlife and loving animals is an important part of parenting.

India has some of the most diverse species of wildlife in the world and is currently taking steps to protect and conserve the habitats of some of the most endangered species. To understand how varied and plentiful the wildlife in the country is, consider the fact that India is home to six percent of flowering species, 7.6 percent of all mammals, 12.6 percent of bird, and 6.2 percent of reptile species, according to Ranthambore National Park.

Though the government is taking initiatives to conserve nature, it’s also important to spread the message to the homes across the country, especially to our children. Some groups have recently taken the initiative to educate kids on the importance of wildlife conservation by conducting a summer camp to teach young ones about conservation through practical experience at a local zoo.

Adopt a fun approach to wildlife education

When it comes to educating kids, one of the most effective ways to teach conservation measures is not to preach, but to actively teach them about nature and the importance of wildlife conservation through fun activities. Here are some steps and activities to teach your kids about nature and wildlife conservation.

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  • Go exploring and teach your children to identify local plants, trees, fish species, birds, or animals that you may encounter in your walks.
  • Make a life list. Bird watchers are known for making life lists, which is a record of all the avian life that they’ve seen, including the date and time of the encounter. Letting your child keep a record of every new species they see will encourage them to keep discovering more, and it can be a very rewarding experience for them every time they leaf through their records through the years.
  • Play nature-themed games. A game of I-spy in the park or a scavenger hunt is a great way to get them outdoors and educate them on the different plant, insect, and animal species.
  • Watch TV shows and documentaries related to wildlife conservation and nature. National Geographic Kids on Nat Geo Wild is filled with short, kid-friendly documentaries and animated shows that will entertain children while keeping them informed about nature.
  • Have your children understand how the plants and animals in this world connect to the food on your table. Allow them to plant vegetables, then let them harvest, prepare, and serve them for dinner.
  • Take your child on a fishing trip. Whether it’s an afternoon at a nearby lake or a five-day trip to catch fish in the Ramganga River at the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, even kids as young as four years old will appreciate this activity which will allow them to interact with wildlife.

It’s always a good idea to incorporate some fun into every learning opportunity when teaching children about wildlife conservation. By doing some of the previously mentioned steps, not only do you get to spend quality time with your little ones, but they also develop a positive opinion about nature, and hopefully, they will be encouraged to take concrete steps to protect local wildlife in the coming years.

Via Wildlife Articles: Why We Need to Teach Children About Conservation

Conservation isn’t just for grown-ups. Teaching kids about our world and how to live it in sustainably should a keystone of their education. It’s important for their understanding of the world, and it may influence how they live as adults — and maybe even how people live for many generations to come.

They Can Make a Difference

Anyone one can make a difference, and even incremental ones are important when dealing with something like conservation that affects everyone. A child who knows how to treat nature well, recycle things instead of trashing them and choose environmentally friendly options will have a small direct positive impact on the health of the environment.

That change, though, can have a ripple effect. They may end up teaching their friends a little about conservation or even get their schools more interested in taking steps to operate more sustainably. When kids learn about conservation, their parents do. One study found that when children participate in a wetlands education program, their parents were also better informed and practice better water management at home.

It’s Important for Their Education

To really understand how the world works, you need to have knowledge of the environment that we all exist in. It’s fundamental to a thorough understanding of life and is a prerequisite to understanding many other aspects of life. Everything we do starts with the foundation of our environment, so we should start teaching kids early too.

Habits Start Young

We start forming habits from a young age, and those formed during childhood may become the ones that are most ingrained in us. A Brown University study found that by the age of nine routines and habits likely won’t change.

Teach your kids habits such as eating local, whole fruits and vegetables and using non-toxic cookware. You could also show them what to recycle, and maybe start composting food waste. One of the most effective ways to teach kids these behaviors is by example. Do that, and they may stick with those healthy, eco-friendly practices through adulthood.

Today’s Kids Are the Future

When they learn about conservation, kids can make an immediate impact. It may also help them make a difference in the future. Learning the basics of sustainability and environmental science may spark an interest that leads to a career, volunteer activity or hobby in the future. Your kid may even go on to invent a new way to store renewable energy or help save an endangered species.

Plus, the children of today will be in charge of keeping the planet healthy in the future. Sadly, they’ll also have to deal with the consequences of damage done by many generations before them.

With the right tools, the children of today may be able to improve the health of our environment in the future, and they may even get a start on it while they’re still young. Education is one of the most vital tools they’ll need to save the environment they depend on.