Identify the various things you see when you take a walk with your child alongside nature. This could be in a park, or a garden or even a small forest. Identify the inhabitants of the wild and discuss what would happen if their habitat gets destroyed. Discuss what can be done to protect them. This smart & engaging discussion will help kids not only become more aware of the environment but will also encourage them to be more compassionate towards it.
2) Plant a Garden:
Get his/her friends along and plant a garden of fruits and vegetables. Ask them to take care of it every day. Make him/her understand that constant care will bear the fruits in the long term. Also, home-grown fruits are healthier and tastier since they are chemical free. Making children understand the various differences between home-grown and chemical-induced fruits will help them see the better side of gardening. Also, the fun in watching something grow from a seed to a flower or fruit is a different joy all together.
3) Empathy for Living creatures:
Tell the kids this – imagine having the roof ripped off your classroom and a big hand reaching down to pick you up. How would you feel? What if someone put you in a jar and shook it? What if someone lifted your house up and then threw it aside? Taking care of a pet can help your child develop the sense of empathy. If you do not own a pet, visit your nearest pet care centre which can help your child to observe and feed the animals. This is a way initiate a love for the environment in your child.
These make-belief scenarios will make children realize that every living being must be empathized with and that that creature deserves an equal chance of living a peaceful life.
Teach children about the four L’s of living creatures – Look at them, Learn about them, let them go, leave them alone. A sustainable environment can be created if we teach our children the ways to maintain one. Teach them young so that there’s a healthy, robust environment left for generations to come.