Make your own toys
The future of our planet depends on us and on the next generation, therefore it is important that we spend some time teaching our children more sustainable choices.
The teaching process however should not be so much focused on telling your kids what to do but rather showing them with your actions because in most cases kids tend to imitate their parents and learn from their actions. We can notice that children these days are influenced by society’s emphasis on buying new stuff and throwing out the old items. A whole system focused on the over consumption mindset which generates more waste. Besides, every purchase that we make ( including new toys) comes at a cost.We need to teach children about the consequences of throwing things away and encourage them to adopt anti-waste behaviour.
There are many ways you can approach this problem, so you can just choose one that can be adaptable to your lifestyle. For example you can incentive your kids to donate the toys and clothes that they no longer use to charities so that other, less-fortunate children can give them a new life or the next time you go out shopping for toys go to a second-hand store or drift store instead. Another way to approach this could be by allowing your kids to be creative and choose for themselves how they would give a new life to unwanted items or by reporposing packages that we often throw on the garbage.
All children enjoys being creative and having the chance to explore new things or express themselves. I can guarantee you, as this is my own experience with Khloé. So, this could be a great way to introduce them to sustainable values. Besides, this teaches your kids to be creative and upcycle items since their childhood.
Last weekend at home was all about recycling and reporposing milk cartoon and other packaging boxes we had collected. Khloe, had been asking for a swing for her little dolls for some time, so i suggested that we could make our own instead and she thought it was a fun idea. Right after she wanted to make more toys out of boxes of course and we start brainstorming together. She was so excited that she wanted to bring the toys she had made to her kindergarten and show her friends. So we had the idea of making the milk cartoon box as a kindergarten bus, where we could draw all her friends as passengers and use it as a toy on the next playing date. It was indeed a big success.
So, what are you waiting for being creative with your kids and allowing your imagination to guide you? Create a new world for play within your home, where both you and your kids and spend some quality time together while you introducing them to more sustainable values. I hope that you now have some ideas of how you could make play time more "green" with the youngest ones in your life.
Before you throw away that box or those paper-towel rolls, check out all the different kinds of toys and games you can make out of them. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.
Have fun and go Play!