Teaching Kids About Composting

Food waste and yard waste make up 25 to 50% of what people throw away. While it may not be possible to compost all organic waste that is generated, composting can significantly cut down on the amount of overall trash.

Stuff4Tots recently received a pleasant email from a high-spirited young Girl Scout named Cindy An from Ohio, USA.  She is currently working towards a Gold Award and part of that challenge is to complete a project which is based on teaching composting to children.

Cindy An believes that by teaching children how to compost:

  • Adults can realize that it’s not hard to start composting.
  • Children can keep composting as a life-long skill and pass it to their own families in the future.
  • Children can also influence environments outside of their homes, such as schools, churches, and community gardens.

She states that every year, schools waste around 500,000 tons of food, amounting up to billions of dollars to take care of this waste. This doesn’t just waste food but also money schools could use on education.

Cindy An has presented her work at her church and a local daycare/school – encouraging them to try composting for themselves.  And now all of their students compost, and they use it to benefit their own school garden. They continue to practice; bringing food scraps from home back to school to compost.

She hopes to spread the fun materials she has created to help people understand more about composting. These include a fun board game, a coloring page, a crossword puzzle, and a brochure/flyer.

Check them out below! Just click on the images for a free download of Cindy An’s composting activities.

Image of a Composting Boardgame
Composting coloring page sample
Composting Crossword Puzzle
Image of a composting flyer

Her easy-to-understand notes have been approved by a professional in composting at Ohio State University. These tips make composting seem easy and understandable for a larger audience and might influence more people who are interested in composting to actually start.

As per website Beaver Creek News – Current, nationally, less than 6 percent of Girl Scouts complete the Gold Award. Let’s wish Cindy the best of luck as she works towards that Gold Award!

We truly felt Cindy An’s eagerness to help kids learn about how they can improve their environment; we are just more than happy to share her mission with you. It’s such a great reminder that it’s all about the kids and their future.

We sincerely hope you enjoy these composting activities!

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