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It’s Earth Day!
A day where we celebrate all that the earth has given us, and a day when we stop and think about all the damage we may have caused it. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, Earth Day is a great opportunity for you to talk to your kids and pupils about what they can do to help protect the planet.
What can you do in the classroom?
Gardening, no matter if it’s outside or in the classroom is not only a great way to give children a practical understanding of the environment, but also an appreciation for the world around them. You could grow a small plant or flower, or even a vegetable patch if you have the space. Learning to grow food will give the children skills for creating a sustainable future as well as an appreciation of what hard work goes in to creating the things we take for granted.
We’ve all heard of recycling, many of us already do is in our homes and classrooms. But what about upscaling? Why not try to turn objects you would throw away in to something useful? For example you could turn a plastic bottle in to a vase for flowers; a soup could be a pencil holder.
The classroom is a great place to introduce children to energy saving ideas, simple things like turning off computers and lights when not in use.
4.Give a book, get a book
Though books are important, they can also be harmful to the environment when mass produce. Rather than throwing away old books to buy new, why not encourage the children to swap their books. Simply ask the children to bring in a book they no longer want, lay them all out on a table and the children pick a book somebody else brought in.
5.Let’s get competitive!
Why not pit your class against each other in groups to see who can produce the least landfill waste in a week. Pupils will need to think carefully about everything they throw away, could it be used again? Could it be upcycled in to something new? This could be a great follow up activity to teaching pupils what happens to their waste.
These are just a few examples of the many ways you can introduce looking after our planet to your children!
Want a creative approach? Why not check out our range of workshops about the environment: Konflux Theatre Enviroment