Thursday, April 21, 2011

Brainstorming Session

A short and sweet post from The Conscious Shopper

homegrown tomatoes last year

I've been asked to run a booth for the Earth Day event of an elementary school in the area. The organizer said she doesn't care what topic I focus on, but the main goal is to inspire kids and their families to go green. I plan to put together some kind of display or game of things kids can do to go green, but I need your help. So here's my question:

What are some things elementary age kids can do to go green?

Help me get the wheels in my brain turning! And if you have some ideas for how to display or present the information, that would be great too!

Thanks for your help!

9 comments:

DramaMama said...

I put my little ones in charge of the cloth bags when we go to the store. Some are large for the whole haul, and some are small for the produce and bulk bins. Believe me, they are much better at remembering than I am! They also help hang wash outside on the line, set the table w/cloth napkins and are 'vampire detectives', turning things off when not in use! So far my kids have been very proud of the jobs they have been given. We use cloth wipes in the bathroom and they even try to convince Nana to use them! (She's not quite there yet...=)...) Like your photo suggests, they help out in the garden too, but usually they get tired of that and just run off to play. They bike w/me to the grocery store and the baby puts up w/milk in her 'chariot'. We're not perfect though, they still request packaged food, watch an hour of TV here and there, and generate a lot of crafty trash when doing projects (not that the projects are trash, just the waste...you know what I mean!). Anyway - I'm looking forward to others' ideas =) Good topic!

Summer Kinard said...

If this is a general population public school, the kids could probably use basic ideas.

Save water: turn off faucet while brushing teeth, replace a bath with a shower, use water that comes out while you are waiting for it to get warm to water your plants

Reduce waste: buy large bags of snacks and chips instead of individual serving sizes, reuse plastic baggies, use reusable shopping bags, buy or make cloth baggies to carry snacks

If I were sewy and doing this display, I would make a few hundred little cloth bags to give out.

Buy fewer plastic toys

Eat yogurt from a big container rather than a little cup

Reuse yogurt cups to grow your own beans

That sort of thing.

Brooke said...

They have great ideas here.
http://www.50simplekids.com/

robbie @ going green mama said...

Bring your lunch - but use reusable containers instead of plastic baggies.

Gardening is always an easy activity, particularly for younger ones. Perhaps a school garden?

If it's a class activity, perhaps decorating a reusable bag?

AmazinAlison said...

Many years ago I taught an environmental education class. We used to do a couple of activities for which I am trying to remember the details. One was eco-system tag. We'd have dear and coyotes and as the dear got tagged they became coyotes, with eventually no deer left and only coyotes. Teaching about the water cycle is also good. Anything that teaches that they are part of a system and that their actions have impacts down the road is a good start!

Condo Blues said...

Turn the lights off when you leave the room.

Play outside instead of playing video games!

Take care of your backpack, lunhbox, etc. so it doesn't wear out faster.

Bring your lunch containers home EVERY DAY so mom and dad can wash and reuse them.

SustainaMom said...

Is this event attended by just the kids or are parents coming too?

Last year, I wrote a blog post for a client in which I listed some environmental education resources for families/kids. Maybe you'll find something that helps at one of these sites:

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html

http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/

http://www.nps.gov/learn/home.htm

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Thanks for the resources, everyone! Great tips.

reprince said...

check out terracycle.net where your school can start recycling all sorts of trash for cash...our school recycles juice pouches, glue sticks, and writing instruments.

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