Teaching Kids About Composting

Nov, 08, 2018

I work very hard to teach my kids about the value of the environment and the importance of preserving the world around them. This, I feel, helps ensure a positive future for the earth.

One very simple but fun way to teach kids about recycling, giving back and the circle of life is by teaching them about composting. I believe it is important that weBella and Noah with compost include the children in our efforts to protect and restore the environment. Educating kids about composting is surely a great way to start. Gardening and kids are a natural mix. It involves dirt, digging and water – children’s favorites.

Composting truly is one of Mother Nature’s most miraculous processes. Using only natural means, you’re able to turn “waste” into one of the most beautiful and productive growing mediums. You don’t need a huge garden — or any garden at all — to compost.

We have a very basic worm bin made from a plastic tub. You can learn here how to make your own. We stocked the bin with shredded paper and soil, then bought about a pound of red wiggler earthworms at our local nursery. The worms devour food scraps and other waste such as paper, and turn it all into nutrient-rich castings that our garden loves. The worms are vegetarians and do not like acidic or spicy foods, dairy or oils. To avoid fruit flies, do not place bananas in the bin and make sure to bury the scraps in the soil. You want to make sure the worm bin is not too dry or too wet. If it’s Bella holding a wormtoo dry, the worms will dry out or try to escape; too wet, they will drown.

We collect food scraps in a used yogurt container and put the kids in charge of feeding it to the worms. It’s so great to see how well they care for them, and how they learn about waste and what can and cannot be reused.

Happy Composting!

Here are some kids books I recommend about composting:

Pee Wee At Castle Compost



Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

1 Comment

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    Larraine Roulston

    February 4, 2014

    Hi Fredrica. When I came across your blog, I thought you might like to know about my books too. The following is what I’ve been promoting this week. Best, Larraine


    Striving for zero waste? Pee Wee, the little red wiggler worm, will help students learn to compost in a series of illustrated adventure books that are fun and factual.
    Each book contains ideas and resources for teachers. As well, Pee Wee’s puppet show script and teacher’s guide will be emailed to interested educators.

    With Valentine’s Day coming up and the fact that worms have 5 pairs of hearts, I am offering, until February 14th, Pee Wee’s colouring book free with book orders. Red wigglers love to celebrate the day too.

    Please visit http://www.castlecompost.com Thanks, Larraine

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