One Tree Planted


Lauren Dalmatoff | March 26, 2020 | 2 min read

8 Ways to Engage Your Kids with Eco-Friendly Activities at Home

Unexpectedly thrown into homeschooling? It's no small task to keep your kids on track with learning their usual requirements when it comes to reading, writing, and math. But the extracurricular part is where you can really have fun with it! And since you're here we have a feeling that you and your kids are nature-lovers through and through.

That's why we've gathered 8 fun ways to engage your kids around sustainability, start some great new conversations, and have FUN along the way.

Sustainability activities for kids

1. Watch A Movie

The Lorax, Wall-E - Pop some popcorn and watch these childhood favorites. When it’s over, chat with your kids about how they feel about it.

2. Start a compost

It’s the perfect time to reuse your food waste to create the perfect soil for your garden this Spring. Want a step by step?
Download our kit of fun, sustainable homeschool activities for kids! 

3. Play a game

Minecraft: Education Edition has a great set of biodiversity based games, free to anyone with a Minecraft subscription. Check out these from WWF: Extinction: Biodiversity, Extinction: Safari.

4. Calculate your carbon footprint

Learn a little more about what a carbon footprint is in our lesson for kids. Follow along with this guide, and this powerpoint. Then, use this quiz we put together to see your family's carbon footprint, and make a pledge to lower it.

Carbon Footprint one-pager

5. Spring cleaning

Sort through old clothes and toys to make a give away bag to donate later. Find something broken along the way? Try to repair it before replacing it! If your kids are reluctant to part with their things, tell them it’s essential if they want to make room for something new in the future.

6. Follow the ABC’s of going green

Go down the list to see what you’re already doing, and what changes you could make as a family. Download the ABC List.

ABC sustainability activity

7. Make art

Upcycle old materials to create a fun art project. Did you know, you can cut off the ends of dried markers, and soak them in water to make watercolor paint? Try painting on old newspapers, or the inside of cereal boxes for a cool textured background!

8. Make some plant based treats

This is a personal favorite recipe of mine: 3 ingredient oatmeal banana cookies! Bonus: they’re great as breakfast and super easy to make.

Want more eco-friendly, kid-friendly activities to keep kids busy? Check out our homeschool activity guide for more ideas and how-to’s.

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