Snuggle Up with Sustainability this Book Week: Six Ways to Inspire Your Eco-Warriors through Storytelling!
19th August 2023
As we dive into Book Week with this year’s captivating theme, “Read, Grow., Inspire”, we’re reminded of the transformative power of storytelling. Books are the ideal seeds for young minds to grow and, in turn, inspire them to make positive changes in the world. Here are six ways to breathe life into sustainability storytelling for you and your little greenie during Book Week and beyond:
- Create Eco-Tastic Storytelling Spaces
Transform your storytelling space into an eco-friendly wonderland! Sprinkle it with nature-themed decorations like paper butterflies or leafy garlands made from recycled materials. This enchanting setup will transport your eco-warrior to a world where sustainability storytelling feels truly magical.
- Dress up as Book Week Eco-Superheroes
Unleash your greenie’s inner eco-hero by helping them to dress up as a character from the sustainability story for their Book Week parade (or an outing to the park!). Whether they choose to be a wildlife conservationist, a recycling superhero, or a simple-yet-mighty worm, let their imaginations soar! Dressing up allows children to embody the values and actions of these characters, making the story more relatable and empowering.
- Go on an Interactive Storytelling Extravaganza
Make sustainability stories come alive with interactive activities! If the story involves planting trees, equip your kids with pots and seeds so they can plant while listening. For tales of ocean conservation, create a mini “ocean” with blue water and toy marine animals, and let your little ones act out scenes from the story. And if there’s a worm farming adventure involved, why not read it outside while they dig for slimy friends? These hands-on experiences transform sustainability storytelling into an immersive adventure!
- Get Crafty with DIY Eco-Crafts
After reading a sustainability story, clear off the art table and dive into eco-friendly crafts that connect with the themes. Encourage your children to create art using recycled materials, like making collages from old magazines or crafting nature-inspired sculptures from discarded cardboard. These crafts not only reinforce the story’s message but also nurture resourcefulness and creative thinking.
- Go Eco-Exploring
Take the storytelling expedition outside! If the story features nature or wildlife, plan a backyard expedition or visit a local park to observe plants, insects, or birds mentioned in the story. Prompt your little ones to engage their senses, like listening for bird songs or feeling the different textures of leaves. This hands-on experience connects kids to the natural world, making the story’s lessons more tangible.
- Put on Puppet Shows
Bring sustainability stories to life by staging puppet shows or skits inspired by the story’s characters and themes. Kids can create their own puppets using recycled materials or make simple costumes for a skit (tip: an effective worm suit can be made from an old stocking!). Suggest they act out scenes or even create alternate endings to explore different outcomes. This imaginative play deepens their understanding of sustainability concepts and allows for creative expression.
By snuggling up with sustainability stories and infusing them with fun, we open the door to a sustainable journey for our children. Through interactive storytelling, dressing up, eco-crafts, outdoor exploration, and imaginative play, we transform sustainability into an exciting and inspiring experience. And as we weave these elements into our storytelling rituals, we can cultivate a deep love for the environment in our eco-warriors – nurturing a generation of eco-conscious leaders who will shape a sustainable future with creativity, passion, and laughter.
Dr Samantha Smith completed doctoral research exploring young people’s relationship with the environment and ways to encourage sustainable habits. She’s also author of the new eco picture book ‘Harriet’s Hungry Worms’ and is hoping it will inspire young eco warriors to roll up their sleeves and put their food scraps to good use.