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Can tech encourage children to recycle more?

Tech 3 years ago

2 experts and 1 parent have answered

Siobhan O'Neill writer
Siobhan O'Neill Freelance journo and mum of 2

In today’s world, sorting your recycling is just another household chore to add to all the others. The good news is it’s a really simple one for kids to take on. The bad news is it’s likely to rank on their To Do list somewhere between ‘tidy your bedroom’ and ‘clean your shoes’.

But tech can help make recycling fun and teach kids why the motto ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ is so important for the future of their planet.

Many websites include sections for kids that encourage recycling, as well as educating them on the sustainability of resources, and several include games to help make the learning fun. There are also apps for phones and tablets which target kids and use gaming to push the recycling message.

Have a look at Recycle Zone which includes an Activity Zone to give kids ideas of things they can do with rubbish, as well as recycling games to try in the Fun Zone.

Kids Be Green is a site based in California but the messages are the same the world over. Even UK supermarket chain, Tesco, has a Greener Living site with a good kids’ page including a Trolley Dash game.

For smaller children there’s a LitterBug app that teaches about litter and recycling. The very simple Recycling Truck app may get boring for older children, but the more challenging Recycle Hero app has six different games including 36 levels and new worlds to unlock, different characters to choose and puzzles to try. It gets good reviews on iTunes, so if your children are a bit trash happy, this could be a great way to get them to think about recycling more.

And don’t forget, the batteries that power their tech – and the tech itself – can all be recycled too. Check out Fone Twigs to find out how to turn your old, broken mobile into a tree!

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Experience 3 years ago
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Ponn Sabra expert
Ponn Sabra Best-Selling Author Los Angeles, US
Education expert

Hi Siobhan. This is a GREAT roundup of resources, I'll pass to our self-proclaimed "Garbage Girl". She's our youngest daughter, and has been on the computer literally before she could talk...but, she's has the biggest green-thumb as well as green-pockets (being frugal and always having cash at hand). So, yes; I totally believe that technology CAN make kids live more natural, green lives.

She'll have a blast writing full reviews of these various websites on STEMologist, except for the iPad apps, since we're an Android and Windows 8 family. ;-) Accustomed to this, she'll research alternatives of course!

When I saw your title, I had to pop in and share her version of combining Tech+Recycling in this project of her's made especially for me. ;-)

Thanks again for a great post!

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Experience 3 years ago
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Alesha Bishop expert
Alesha Bishop Educational Tech Consultant
Technology expert

Yes, Recycle Hero is a fun way to encourage kids to recycle

App Description of iTunes:

Recycle Hero is an adventure game that teaches kids about recycling and taking care of the environment in a fun wayHelp your kid be a Hero and save the world from being polluted, make your kid take action with this 21st Century Skills game for kids.The game’s mission is to fight the Evil Queen Ignorantia who has decided to use the planet as her junkyard. To stop her, the Yogome Squad must use special powers to separate all the trash into plastic, compost, glass, paper and metals so they can rescue the world.Why Play this Game?This fun and educational game teaches children of all ages to appreciate the environment and what they can do to protect it.

Full disclosure: I am friends with the fantastic team Yogome that created this great app : )

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Experience 3 years ago

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