Let's take care of the planet: 10 golden rules to teach children

Humans have the responsibility of take care of the planet Land and education is essential for children to learn their importance as soon as possible. Raising awareness of the importance of caring for the planet Earth is everyone's job. We must instill in them the value of loving nature and taking care of the environment, only in this way can we ensure the perpetuation of the living beings that we inhabit there.

Any child when he is born does not know the rules nor the care he should have, that is why it is essential that his education helps them to be respectful with the planet in which we live, something that can be done from very young.

Participants of this concern, the World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE) offers 10 keys on how children can contribute to the care and preservation of the environment.


Ten golden rules for children to take care of the environment

1. Recycling is a very fun game, is to put everything in the cube of the right color.

2. Water is a scarce resource. To save water at home it is very important to close the group while we wash our teeth after eating or our hands before each meal. Do not throw papers on the floor. If we go for a walk in the street and do not see any trash, we can keep in our pocket what we want to throw and do it at home, in the cube of the color that corresponds to it.

3. Turn off the light in the room every time you leave.

4. How resources are limited We must share toys and school supplies with other children.


5. Make the most of the materials. To draw we can take advantage of the back of a folio already used.

6. Plants are living beings, therefore, it is not necessary to step on them or pull them out and water them daily.

7. Pets are pets that we must take care of. You have to feed them, drink them, take them to the vet frequently and not only when they get bad, play with them, take them for a walk so they can go to the bathroom, give them affection *. And above all, do not do things that could bother or hurt them.

8. The things that are on the street are everyone's and there is no need to damage, break or soil them.

9. We must take care of and respect the environment, but we also have to respect and care for the people around us.

10. Love the nature and environment that surrounds you. It is very important that, from a young age, we teach children to love and appreciate the natural world and to act in correspondence with these feelings, contributing to their care and preservation.


The information, habits and experiences acquired in the family environment linked to respect, care and love of nature, are those of greatest impact for children and are reinforced by educational actions in school.

Although it may seem that children under six are still small to understand these concepts, we should not underestimate their competence in this regard. The child has a very close relationship with their immediate environment, if the adults stimulate their autonomy to function in the environment, they are laying the foundations to interact positively with Nature and the environment.

Many adults were genuine naturalists in their childhood, but they have left behind the world of Nature as the adult world has absorbed them into the whirlwind of responsibilities and obligations. There are many activities that can be done with your child to encourage love of nature and can enjoy again the natural talents that were set aside at the end of their childhood.

Marisol Nuevo Espín
Advice: Rosa María Iglesias, pedagogical coordinator of the World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE)

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