DANIEL TIGER's NEIGHBORHOOD brings fun lessons to families every day on PBS KIDS, and with Earth Day fast-approaching (Tuesday, April 22), Daniel Tiger and The Fred Rogers Company have come up with a list of five ways your family can "Go Green" (even if it's just a little bit) each and every day. It's important to teach kids to care for our planet, and here's some great conversation starters...
Reduce, reuse and recycle!
Encourage your child to help sort out recyclables and match them up with the appropriate bins. Get creative with “throwaways” by turning them into a craft project, helping to teach them how recycling and conservation works at the same time. For example, try creating a toy vehicle from an empty milk carton!
Ease up on the electricity!
Remembering to turn off the light when leaving a room isn’t always so easy, especially for a little tiger. Help your child create a “Lights Out” bulb-shaped sign as a reminder and post it near light switches. And don’t forget to unplug chargers from the wall when not in use to save even more electricity.
Zap the tap!
Remind your child to turn off the water while soaping up their hands and turn it back on to rinse them. When cleaning paint brushes, swish them in a cup or jar, instead of holding the brushes under running water for a long period of time.
Go for a walk!
Spring provides the perfect excuse to get outdoors. Encourage the whole family to take a break from screen time and play outside. If possible, plan a walking or biking trip to your destination and enjoy the fresh air together along the way!
Bring your own bag!
Bring along reusable shopping bags when going grocery shopping. Keep a supply of bags on hand so you don’t forget to bring them on your next shopping trip. And involve your preschooler in helping to pack up the items in your Earth-friendly bags, so they’ll be doing their part in protecting the planet, too!
DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD airs daily on PBS KIDS. Check your local listings for episodes and times.
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Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
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