Raising Eco-friendly Children
31-10-2016
Take green adventures
Want to make the natural world come alive for your kids? Go on green adventures! Whether you like to spend time camping, hiking or hunting for seashells along the beach, your kids will develop a natural love for the outdoors and will begin to understand the intimate connection between all living things.

Eco-friendly movies and books
Books and movies with eco-friendly messages are a wonderful way to get your kids interested in the environment. Take time to talk to your kids afterward to ensure that they understood the message and discuss ways you can work as a family to incorporate more "green living" practices into your family life.

Plant a kid-friendly garden
Gardening is the perfect way to get your kids actively involved in the natural world. Not only is it super fun to dig in the dirt and watch things grow, but your kids will love seeing the fruits of their labor come to life. Plant a kid-friendly garden in your backyard full of tasty tidbits that your kids can help harvest with their own hands!

Plan a neighborhood clean-up
Does your neighborhood need a makeover? Why not organize a neighborhood clean-up? Invite friends, family and neighbors to volunteer for the day. Let the kids be in charge of passing out plastics gloves and bags for trash and recyclables. Divide into teams and see who can collect the most garbage by the day's end!

Recycled arts and crafts
Kids love to get crafty. Take this opportunity to teach them about the importance of recycling by filling your art box full of fun reusable items such as different size boxes, toilet paper rolls, magazines, Popsicle sticks, lost buttons, frayed shoestrings, egg cartons, corks, broken crayons and even old clothes.

Sing songs about the earth
Sing, dance and learn! Encourage your children to take care of the planet with upbeat, catchy songs about earth-friendly topics. Music can teach so much to children about nature, pollution, recycling, wildlife and more.
Ages
2 to 3
Calories
1,000-1,400, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
2-4 ounces
Fruits
1-1.5 cups
Vegetables
1-1.5 cups
Grains
3-5 ounces
Dairy
2-2.5 cups
Ages
4 to 8
Calories
1,200-2,000, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
3-5.5 ounces
Fruits
1-2 cups
Vegetables
1.5-2.5 cups
Grains
4-6 ounces
Dairy
2.5-3 cups
Ages
4 to 8
Calories
1,200-1,800, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
3-5 ounces
Fruits
1-1.5 cups
Vegetables
1.5-2.5 cups
Grains
4-6 ounces
Dairy
2.5-3 cups
Ages
9 to 13
Calories
1,600-2,600, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
5-6.5 ounces
Fruits
1.5-2 cups
Vegetables
2-3.5 cups
Grains
5-9 ounces
Dairy
3 cups
Ages
9 to 13
Calories
1,400-2,200, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
4-6 ounces
Fruits
1.5-2 cups
Vegetables
1.5-3 cups
Grains
5-7 ounces
Dairy
2.5-3 cups
Ages
14 to 18
Calories
2,000-3,200, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
5.5-7 ounces
Fruits
2-2.5 cups
Vegetables
2.5-4 cups
Grains
6-10 ounces
Dairy
3 cups
Ages
14 to 18
Calories
1,800-2,400, depending on growth and activity level
Protein
5-6.5 ounces
Fruits
1.5-2 cups
Vegetables
2.5-3 cups
Grains
6-8 ounces
Dairy
3 cups