Help your kids learn how to sort recyclables with these sort your recycling worksheets. While it’s wonderful that Earth day comes once a year, to make a difference, we really need to think about taking care of the earth year-round. Here are some ideas (and resources) for doing just that!
What is recycling?
You may remember learning about recycling as a kid with the fancy “3-R” method: reduce, reuse, and recycle. This is certainly a start to recycling, but there is much more involved in this process. For starters, the overall goal of recycling is to convert waste materials into new materials and objects. Without this process, landfills would constantly fill up and overtake the earth.
There is also a scientific aspect to recycling. Before an item can be used to create something else, the original state has to be considered. If it can be used from its original state, then it’s a go to be used.
Benefits of Teaching Recycling
It doesn’t take much thought to consider the benefits of recycling. Teaching kids the benefits can help them see the importance of why it should be done. Here are a few to share with your kids:
- It benefits the environment.
- Recycling creates jobs.
- Recycling helps raise awareness about taking care of the environment.
- Recycling reduces the energy used to manufacture goods.
How to Teach Recycling to Kids
Use worksheet activities.
We want to raise awareness with our kids but we also want to turn their awareness into habits that will carry on. Get your kids involved with recycling with science worksheets (grab them below) for a start. My “Sort the Recycling Worksheets” will help teach your kids about the different things that can be recycled and how to sort them.
Make it a hands-on project.
To make recycling a hands-on project, have your kids take a look around the house and gather items they think should be recycled. Discuss what items can be recycled and which ones need to be trashed. Be sure to make separate piles to help with sorting.
If you don’t have much that can be found around the home, consider cutting out the images I’ve provided on the first page of the worksheet resource and sort them into the appropriate boxes. You or your kids can draw in your own items as well. This is why I left a huge space for trash so your kids can come up with their own ideas if they wanted to add to it.
Watch videos about recycling.
Thanks to our technologically advanced world, you can find a number of educational videos about recycling. Here are a few to get your started:
- How Recycling Works
- Field Trip to a Recycling Center
- Why Recycling is Important
- What Happens to Your Recycling After It’s Collected?
- Recycling Facts for Kids
Recommended Recycling Books for Kids
Teach your kids the importance of recycling with any of these recycling books. Start a junk bin that you can use to make crafts from to reuse the garbage that would otherwise be thrown out.
You Are Eating Plastic!: An Interactive Children’s Book About Recycling, Sustainability and The Environment.The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime (National Geographic Kids)Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials: 60 Cool Projects that Reimagine Paper Rolls, Egg Cartons, Jars and More!What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our PlanetRecycle and Remake: Creative Projects for Eco Kids
Download the Recycling Sorting Worksheets below:
Add more activities to your environmental science lessons or to learn more about Earth day on April 22nd.
>> You’ll love these Earth Day Worksheets for Kids.
More Resource Ideas
Need even more ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle – visit these awesome bloggers to see what they’ve created.
How To Make An Everest and Skye Paw Patrol Pinata from Crafty Mama in ME
Recycling tips for camping trips from FrogMom
Recycled Toy Robot Project from Brain Power Boy
How Paper is Recycled from Schooling a Monkey
Children’s Books About Recycling from The Jenny Evolution
Free Recycling Printables and Montessori-Inspired Recycling Activities from Living Montessori Now
How To Make A Flower Craft From Recycled Materials from Raising Little Superheroes
Getting kids excited about recycling from Something 2 Offer
Simple & Fun Recycled Magazine Crafts for the Family From The Natural Homeschool