The Trash Can Game: Teaching Your Kids to Reduce Trash

By in Fun & Games, Green Talk on 04 April 2008

Like anything else, teaching your children to be “green” starts at an early age. What better way to teach them than to integrate it into their daily routine?

This “game” can be played in a group setting such as a classroom or with just your child alone. Before starting the “game” however, you should make sure you child has on a pair of rubber gloves.

Make sure the trash can you use is from an office or somewhere “cleaner”. You don’t want to use the kitchen trash can as it will most likely contain scraps from last night’s dinner and would not be too sanitary.

How to play:

  1. At the end of the first day, have your child put on the rubber gloves and pull out 3 different things from the trash. Have your child write down on a sheet of paper 3 different items that they pulled out.
  2. Do this for 7 days (one week).
  3. At the end of the 7th day, review the list and have him decide which item(s) is the most tossed item.
  4. Have him come up with ideas on how you as a family (or classroom) can reduce the amount trash being tossed into that trash can.

The purpose of this game to help eliminate waste. If you see a lot of soda cans or plastic bottles, for example, it would be a great opportunity to teach them about recycling.

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