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What are some practical ways to teach my children about the importance of recycling?

Updated on May 9, 2008

How to Make Recycling Fun For Children

From everything I've read, researched and experienced, children are more likely to find something important and carry it out regularly if they enjoy doing it. In the same way that children, in general, won't tidy their rooms but they'll play a game that gives the same net result at the end of it without batting an eye.

So, for some practical ways to teach children about the importance of recycling, I'd suggest (where possible) turning it into a game for them. When I was younger my grandmother and I used to make things a lot; from cardboard boxes, bottles, egg boxes, toilet rolls etc. It was fun, so those items never got chucked out along with the rest of the trash. It wasn't until later I realised that there were important reasons for not putting it out with the rest of the garbage, such as environmental issues, economic issues and consideration but it ended up getting done all the same.

Another way is to take them to the local landfill site and show them what happens with the stuff that gets thrown away, this is a little harsher but the message will stay with the, especially if reinforced with some discussion on why it's bad for the environment.

There are even some great, fun sites around for children that are definitely worth a look such as;

Recyclezone -

Ecofriendly Kids -

Activity Village -


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    • Tylina Vespart profile image

      Tylina Vespart 9 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for that proudgrandpa ^^ I'll see about writing some more soon, and I agree - it's important children grow up knowing all they need to in life, or at least, knowing how to find out what they need to.

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      proudgrandpa 9 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hi Tylina,

      Congratulations, you not only did a great job on your first hub but you hit a subject I am passionate about. In my hubs I always reais ways to include kids because that is the long term solution.

      Good luck on your game designs. My grandkids will love you.


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      Tylina Vespart 9 years ago from Scotland

      I always thought so ^^ She taught me all sorts of stuff, I'm pretty lucky.

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      Smiling Cat 9 years ago from Deerfield Beach, Florida

      Thanks for the advice Tylina. It sounds like your grandmother was an awesome lady.