After viewing the movie Food Inc., I wanted to include my kids in changing our lifestyle and teach them a little more about sustainability. This wasn't a huge task as we already practice sustainability and healthy eating, we already include our children in the education process. I just wanted to take it to the next level.
A Search for Organic Produce
We started with a trip to the local supermarkets looking for organic meat and produce. I gave my daughter a clipboard with a list of foods we normally stock; I divided the list up by supermarket and instructed her to keep track of what we find and how much it cost. I will be posting a supermarket review later in the week. This led to a day long discussion about what Certified Organic really means.
A Discussion About Sustainability
A discussion in the car about sustainability brought up several movie titles you may want to make sure your kids watch. The movie Wall-E, "The Bee Movie" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." All three of these movies address the topic of sustainability from a child's perspective.
A Few Movies Later
After mentioning "The Bee Movie" my five year old gave me a great working definition. He said, "Oh yeah, stay-ability, if we mess with the bees then we won't have any flowers." I realize this is a very simple breakdown of a complicated topic but it is a great start.
So, my advice on teaching your kids "stay-ability" is to let them have fun with it. Let them watch these movies, involve them in your lifestyle changes and then let them plant a garden and do some recycled crafting. They catch on faster than we do sometimes.