DIY composting activity with your kids at home

Environmental wellbeing is currently the need of the hour. Helping young kids become conscious about their lifestyle choices and adopt environmentally friendly practices is important. It is the only solution forward to reducing your carbon footprints and saving the planet. DIY composting at home is one such activity that can help your kids learn about sustainable practices and adopt them in their day-to-day course of life.

However, composting at home is a little time-consuming activity as the results might take months to show up but the wait is nothing compared to the benefits derived from it.

composting with family

The best part about DIY composting is that you get to use all your kitchen leftovers and garden waste. The second best part would be the fact that you would not need to spend a penny on this DIY activity.

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Learn about the raw materials required and the procedure to be followed for making this DIY below:

Materials required:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Food leftovers
  • Eggshells
  • Garden waste (plant clippings, bark chips, dry leaves, etc)
  • Coffee grounds 
  • Shredded newspaper
  • An old container with a lid
Compost at home


Step 1: Start collecting green and brown waste

You will need to collect a sufficient quantity of green and brown waste for making the compost. Collect all the kitchen and garden waste over a few days to get started with your compost preparation.

Step 2: Make a mix of wet and dry waste

In the next step, you will need to mix all your wet and dry waste together. Wet waste from the kitchen shall include fruit and vegetable peels, rotten food, coffee grounds, used tea leaves, eggshells, and another kitchen scrap for that matter. Similarly, dry waste would include your garden waste such as plant clippings, dry leaves, bark chips, tree branches (shredded ones), hay, wood shavings, etc. You can also use cardboard and old newspapers for this activity. 

Make a layer of dry waste followed by the wet waste. Ensure that the ratio of dry material to wet material is 3:1.  

Step 3: Add water to the mixture

Water your mixture of green and wet waste and make it slightly moist. Don’t forget to cover the container with a lid. Ensure that the mixture is regularly sprinkled with a little amount of water. You will need to maintain its damp sponge consistency for better results.

Step 4: Stir the mixture

Stirring the mixture weekly is important to achieve its desired consistency and maintain its temperature from top to bottom of the container. It will also help in speeding up the process of composting and preventing the mixture from going bad or developing a foul odor.

Step 5: Be patient

With due care, it takes around 6 to 8 weeks for the compost to get ready and serve the purpose of soil enrichment. Sometimes, composting might even take a year provided if there is less effort. No matter how much time it takes, you and your kids will enjoy the process of DIY composting at home as it has a lot to offer and gives you more family time. When your mixture of green and brown waste becomes dark brown and starts releasing an earthy smell, the process of composting is completed.

Once it’s done, you can use your homemade compost in enriching the soil and boosting your plant’s health. Don’t forget to involve your kids in gardening activities and teach them the value of saving soil for the future. 

DIY Composting

You can give valuable lessons about environmental welfare to your kids and even teach them the value of patience in life with this DIY activity.

We hope you loved our DIY composting idea and you will definitely involve your kids in this activity in the near time. Click on and find more such interesting blogs on sustainable parenting. Healthy composting! Healthy parenting!

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