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How you can foster an appreciation of the environment in your ELC

How you can foster an appreciation of the environment in your ELC

World Environment Day is celebrated globally on June 5 as a way of raising awareness about key environmental issues and conservation. Children are never too young to learn about their impact on the environment and your Early Learning Centre is a great place to start. Here are four activity ideas to celebrate World Environment Day in your Early Learning Centre.

1. Planting activity

Planting is a great way to teach children about the importance of nurturing the environment. It’s also a way of explaining cause and effect – water helps plants continue to grow. Organise a planting activity and explain the importance of plants and how they help the environment. Choose plants that are easy to grow and care for, such as herbs or small flowers. Allow children to participate in the planting process and encourage them to take care of the plants to help them grow well. This activity can help children to develop a sense of responsibility in caring for the environment and teamwork.

We have a range of products that will help with your gardening project including planter boxes, seeds and watering cans. Click here for the full selection.

2. Sensory play

Sensory play is a fun and engaging way to teach children about the environment. Set up different sensory trays that allow children to explore and learn about elements of nature, such as sand, water, rocks, or leaves. Encourage them to sort materials by texture, size, or colour while asking questions about the environment. Sensory play can help promote critical thinking, development of fine motor skills.

3. Recycle and compost

Recycling and composting are core teachings that can instil in young children the importance of reducing waste and preserving the environment. Set up recycling bins in your centre and explain the different materials that can be recycled. Consider incorporating a composting bin to teach children about the importance of breaking down organic waste and get them in the habit of disposing of their fruit and vegetables after each mealtime. Explain the positive impact that recycling and composting have on the environment and how it will contribute to protecting the planet.

If you need inspiration on how to explain the benefits of recycling to the children in your early learning centre, this book is a great resource.

4. Nature walk

Explore your surroundings on a nature walk to encourage the children in your centre to appreciate and learn about the environment. Discuss the things they can see and hear, such as animals, trees, flowers, or clouds. Encourage them to collect leaves, rocks, sticks (where safe), or other natural materials while exploring, and explain how these elements are crucial parts of our ecosystem. These are items that might also be useful for sensory play or craft activities.

Being made aware of environmental issues from a young age creates good habits and a positive attitude towards preserving our environment. Take the opportunity to celebrate World Environment Day to start instilling these habits. By teaching children now, you’re contributing to a better future.


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