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3 Ways to Promote Animal Protection through Play
by Safari Ltd.   |   February 26   |   0 Comments
Happy Polar Bear Day! February 27, we celebrate one of the world’s most massive and beautiful creatures. While we honor this animal, it is important to remember that polar bears are in serious danger of becoming extinct. With global warming on the rise, it is more important than ever to instill the importance of supporting animal protection in young children.

Preserving animals is important for more than just their beauty. Everything on the planet is connected, and each organism naturally plays a vital role in preserving our ecosystem – from quality of air to population control. Moreover, there are so many species yet to be studied or discovered – who knows whether one may provide a crucial medicine or other unknown service? Sustaining these creatures safeguards the balance of nature.
The best way to effectively protect polar bears, and other endangered species, is to educate our youth on the importance of environmental preservation. Starting young encourages children to adopt environmental consciousness as a core value and habit in their everyday life – plus it teaches accountability for our actions.
Here are a few ways in which you can instill these crucial values in your child:
1. Incorporating Toys
Incorporating toys is one way to pique children’s interest and spark their curiosity. Picking up a few animal figures from your local neighborhood toy store is the perfect introduction, since children tend to have a natural curiosity for wildlife.
These toys allow children to learn about the animals through play. With your help, they can also lead to discussions about what would happen if one of the animals didn’t exist anymore. The first few answers might be more imaginative, such as the polar bear’s friend, Mr. Whale, would be lonely. But, once you start explaining that everything in the world is connected and that seals, for example, might have a population boom, you can expand on the importance of preserving the world’s animal balance. Thereafter, each time the toy is played with it is associated with environmental responsibility.
2. Taking a Trip to the Zoo or Aquarium
Nothing brings a problem more to life than meeting it face to face. Bringing your child to the zoo or aquarium not only is a fun bonding activity, but also transforms this distant concept of animal protection into a tangible issue. Interacting, watching and connecting with the animals in person will strike a chord with your child, especially when you suggest that years from now that animal may not exist if we don’t work to protect it.
3. Creating a Game
The best way to capture a child’s interest is to engage him or her in a game! First, it is important to explain to your child that animals become endangered for many reasons, one of which is global warming destroying their habitats. Further explain that your child can help slow global warming by conserving energy.
The game can be something simple, like giving your child points for turning off the lights and recycling. Once your child has earned a certain amount of points, you reward him or her with a new animal figure, trip to the zoo or whatever suits your family.
In short, instilling the value of animal protection in our youth proactively prepares future generations to be environmentally responsible. Go green!

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