We all know how the environment is losing its ability to sustain the coming generations in a
healthy manner. Along with the government, industries and in fact countries as a whole
taking initiatives, setting goals, implementing policies and maintaining environmental records
to improvise on our environmental health, it’s also very important for us to inculcate these
positive habits and thoughtful thinking in our children as well. They are going to take the
same responsibility some day. The earlier they know the importance of environmental health
the better it will be. You may ask Why? For example a tree needs water to grow, all parts of
the tree require to be informed and work together in coordination to get the water up from the
roots. Likewise, to improve environmental health we all need to be mindful and give the
environment the importance it deserves.
Schools set an environment for the children to learn new things and question their thoughts.
Hence schools should be the first places where children should be introduced to the
environment as a subject; it’s condition, advantages, challenges, approaches to restore and
rejuvenate the environment etc.
We have listed down a few activities that will act as first lessons for kids to learn about the
subject. These activities and guides will encourage your students to live a “greener” lifestyle,
at home and at school. These activities will indirectly teach children to be environmentally
aware by which they are being put into lifelong habits that could potentially make a dramatic
difference in the future of planet Earth. The activities and resources include methods for
reducing waste and trash, information about product consumption, recycling tips, facts about
pollution and its effects on the environment, global warming statistics, worksheets on
different ecosystems, and plenty of projects for students to complete inside and outside the
Activity 1: Make a Wind Turbine
This science activity is great for class 6-8 children who want to learn more about the weather
as well as how wind turbines can be used as a source of renewable energy.
This activity of creating windmills by children can be modified for younger kids. They can be
asked to try a simple pinwheel turbine and a brief explanation can be given to kids about
sources of energy and renewable energy.
Activity 2: Leaf Collage
This fun and creative activity can be introduced to younger children. Say children of class
2nd to 4th, they can be taken into an outdoor environment, like a garden or a park and asked
to pick up their favourite leaves to make a collage out of them.
They can be asked to identify different leaves and name the plant. This activity will make
kids more aware of the environment that they stay in and make them wonder about the
beauty of the environment.
Activity 3: Have a Paper-Free Day!
Paperis a natural resource which is used throughout the day by children at schools and
institutions but they forget to value and give importance to the resource that they are
provided with. A lot of paper wastage happens at schools and institutions. To teach them the
importance of paper can you challenge your class or your school to go an entire day without
using any paper? Use the challenge to raise awareness of the amount of paper that gets
used and goes to waste every day in your school.