Composting With Kids

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You may have warned your kids before not to play in the dirt, but getting your hands a little messy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Learning to garden is a useful life skill for any child to have, and any healthy garden starts with the dirt. Composting is a fun, easy, and essentially free family activity that can help you to create your very own fresh, organic soil. What’s more, it’s a great way to get kids to help out with cleaning the kitchen! Here’s everything that you need to know about starting your very own compost pile.

The Benefits of Composting

Composting is much more than just a green way of getting rid of your banana peels. It can be a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike. There are plenty of reasons to start a family compost pile:

  •   You won’t have to rely onchemical fertilizers in your yard.
  • You can tie in your composting project with gardening projects to produce healthy, delicious fruits and vegetables for the dinner table.
  • You’ll produce high-quality organic matter without having to spend big bucks.
  • You’ll reduce your weekly trash output, meaning less garbage going to landfills.
  • Your kids will learn a lifelong skill that can help them to develop a green thumb.

What You’ll Need

Before you start your composting project, there are a couple of things that you’ll need to collect. Most of what you’ll be using can be found in your closet or garden shed. To start a compost pile, you’ll have to gather:

  • Gloves and safety glasses
  •   A compost bin (if you don’t have one,you can use chicken wire shaped into a cylinder)
  • Table scraps and greens such as grass clippings for nitrogen
  • Dry decomposable matter such as dried leaves, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, newspaper and more for carbon
  • Water

When mixing compost, you should aim for around a 50/50 ratio of green matter to brown matter. It’s also important that your compost pile stays moist while also maintaining airflow. Stirring your compost pile occasionally can help to ensure that air gets into the middle area, especially with larger bins.

Composting Games

While composting can be an educational experience, it doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make things fun by challenging your kids to different games that make the project even more interesting. You can see who’s able to collect the most compostable materials each week, including points for creativity, or create a scavenger hunt for the family. You can also appeal to your child’s inner entomologist by checking out and identifying all of the creepy-crawlies that you find in your compost bin.

Starting a composting project will not only give you an excellent source of fertilizer for your garden but is also a great way to teach the kids a new environmentally-friendly life skill. Setting up a compost bin is easy, fun, and a rewarding experience for the entire family.

This is a guest post written by Sally from Sally Writes.

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