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Spring Break Project: Composting with your Kids

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Many kids around the US have off from Good Friday through the following week for Spring Break. If you know you’ll have more people home that week during the day than you’re used to, you are well aware of the need to fill their time as effectively as possible so your days are not plagued with “I’m bored” complaints and the subsequent moping. Think of Spring Break as a prequel to summer… oh yeah, they need something productive to do. Friday is creeping up on us… get your action plan in place now to save yourself the unnecessary stress.

Have a compost bin in your yard? If not, then now is the best time to make use of those extra little (and not so little) hands to get one in place. Kids like to do things with you more often than most of them will admit so planning your compost bin initiation as a family activity kills two birds with one eco-minded stone.

Step 1

Shop for the compost bin you want – indoor or outdoor, large or small. Order the red wiggler worms you need to get the best results from your compost bin.

Step 2

Weed, rake, dredge through your garbage and yard-cleanup your way to organic materials that you will use to feed your red wiggler worms and make the compost you can use to feed your garden and yard in the future.

Tip: Great materials to use in your compost bin.

Paper (shredded is best)

Grass clippings

Leaves and weeds

Food scraps except: meat, grease or oils, citrus fruits

Hair (clean out your brushes)

Have the kids to the work to gather the composting materials for the bin – it’ll get them outside and get your house and yard cleaned up all at once.

Step 3

Armed with your compost materials, set up your compost bin by layering the brown (dried leaves, coffee grounds) and green materials (grass, weeds) in your bin and add in its new residents.

Have the kids do the layering and dropping of the worms. If they do the initial work, there’s a good chance they’ll be interested in how the composting progresses. Let them spend the week monitoring what the worms do to begin the process, and if you’r efeeling particulatly creative (and have kids in elementary or middle school – this won’t work for toddlers or high schoolers) Have them write a short story of their efforts for their “What Did I Do over Spring Break” project.

Working with compost and worms, you just might make it to May with less grumbling than usual…