Written by Joanna Ouellette
It seems that our kids can be the leaders of the family on a path towards sustainability. When my son started preschool, I was ecstatic the day he came home singing the recycling song Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Jack Johnson version). The song begins with “Three is the magic number” and I recognized it from this hip-hop song by De La Soul.
I was immediately taken back to the mid ’90’s, congratulating myself on teaching my son to enjoy WAY cool music, when I realized he wasn’t singing De La Soul, but The Recycling Song, and the “three” relates to reduce, reuse and recycle. Now to me, that was a proud moment; my son, with a cool taste in music AND a little mind that was already growing the green shoots of sustainable thinking.
Since then, we’ve been looking for online resources and activities for TerraBlu Kids, and one that gets the official kid stamp of approval is Ollie’s World. The site has a wide selection of online games, information, quizzes and a fun education component, including this excellent child-friendly energy saving game.
And to end on a colorful note, ever thought about how to make use of those broken bits of crayons? Try melting them down and recycling them by baking them in the oven in a muffin tin. Or check out the Crazy Crayons recycling program for schools.
Who said sustainability can’t be fun?