Teach Kids to Conserve Water the Fun Way

| 3/29/2011 9:32:37 AM

Faith MoserFaith Moser is the creator of eco ike {organic baby t’s + cookbooks full of yummy, healthy and quick recipes for kids and grown-ups}! If you want your little tots to dress green or eat green, visit ecoike.com. 

We all know that water is a limited resource and we need to do our part to conserve it, but it’s not always easy for kids to grasp the importance of water conservation. The best way to encourage kids to conserve is by explaining the significance of their efforts, modeling good water conservation at home and making the experience positive and exciting.

child turning off water 

Help your little Jack and Jill’s save a pail of water with these 5 fun and easy steps: 

1. Place a timer in the bathroom!  Bathrooms revolve around water, so it’s a great room to work on conservation. Encourage kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, but while the water is off.  Start the timer and encourage a 5-minute-or-less shower.

2. Use muscles, rather than water pressure, for cleaning. Turn music on and have your little helpers use a broom instead of a watering hose to clean off sidewalks, driveways and decks. Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash (or compost bin if applicable). Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads.