I teach my kids to love and respect our Earth. It is the base to how we treat each other and the things that surround us. Now that they are a little older and really understand the meaning of lending a helping hand, we talk about how we can give back to our community and really come together for some neighborhood clean-up.
When I think of neighborhood clean-up with our kids, I really hope that we create a habit of them giving back to our community. With many families with children in our neighborhood coming together to maintain it shouldn’t be hard.
Cleaning up can start at home with simple habits of recycling products, maintaining a clean backyard, and even teaching kids to garden. Once your kids become involved it’s easy and fun to venture out and help clean your neighborhoods.
Here are 5 great ideas to give back to your community with your children by cleaning up your neighborhood.
1-Monthly Community Clean up – Encourage your kids to take initiative and put together a cleanup group! Invite your community to help make your neighborhood beautiful with a monthly pick up trash or other cleaning events. If your kids are still young consider joining a neighborhood cleanup team!
2-Recycle- Most of the litter on our streets are recyclable materials. Remember that trash pickup consists of also recycling your finds!
Advise your kids on knowing what materials are recyclable. During those walks on the block bring a bag and collect recyclable materials. Make it a game and see who can pick up the most recyclables.
3-Fundraise and grow – A clean neighborhood is also a bright and green one. Invest in your neighborhood by planting trees, bright color flowers or adding mulch to needed areas. This is a great opportunity for your kids to fund raise to buy your needed plants. Your kids will not only learn to make your neighborhood shine but also the value of your neighborhood.
4-Repaint and Decorate-Parks, curbside addresses and mailboxes can always use a repainting. Kids can help paint different things in your neighborhood. If possible allow kids to get creative with their painting and decorate neighborhood benches and planters to make a more inviting neighborhood.
5-Trim and cut Walk around your neighborhood and help neighbors trim and cut tree branches. Adults, encourage the kids to help by coming prepared with bags to collect the green and remember to ensure collections are disposed in a compost bin!
Remember to make giving back to your community and cleaning up your neighborhood fun! Be as involved in your community as your kids are and enjoy time outdoors together!