A wonderful Earth Day (or summer vacation) project!
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Through the use of beautiful photographs and simple text, children will learn nearly all there is to know about recycling garbage into a compost pile/bin. While the story itself goes in to great detail, none of it should be above the heads of your four or five year old! The text is simple and to the point, using child-friendly vocabulary, all of which is depicted throughout the story with the photographs. Children will learn the reasons for having created a compost pile, what can be disposed of in the compost pile, the simple, yet routine maintenance involved, and perhaps the most fun of all - how this mess of garbage helps not only our garden grow, but also the ways in which composting is beneficial to the Earth!
This is a wonderful story to share with children. It is both educational and interesting, easily captivating of the attention of children ages 4+. It's so interesting, in fact, I think you'll find your children eager to create a compost pile for your family. And, if your village is anything like mine, charging $1+ per bag of garbage, the idea is well worth it, especially if you do any gardening. And, if you don't garden, perhaps you might like to use this as an incentive to start - growing your own fresh fruits/veggies is a lot of fun and will save you some money during the spring/summer/fall months!
- Further research Composting for Kids.
- Watch The GREENS: Episode 4: Kitchen Composting on PBS for Kids.
- Check out other forms of composting - Worm Composting for Kids
- You can also find out more of the benefits of Garden Composting.
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