If you’re a parent, you know that energy efficiency is something that doesn’t come naturally for kids. You’ve probably found yourself having to close doors behind your kids as winter air blows into your house or remind them to turn off the computer when they are done.
We’ve found a few websites that can help you teach your kids how to be energy efficient and save you a few extra dollars on that electricity bill.
NASA’s Climate Kids
While many of us think of the moon and far off galaxies, NASA also keeps its eyes “on the earth” with a website dedicated to teaching kids about climate change.
Kids can play online games to learn about everything from which items you should recycle to what coral bleaching is.
NASA also provides fun craft ideas that are great for days where there is nothing to do. Kids can make everything from an ocean ecosystem desert, turn an old t-shirt into a farmer’s market bag or even make a sun s’more.
It’s even a good website to go to if kids simply want to learn more about climate change and the current events around it. It’s a great resource to get kids thinking about the environment and how they can help.
Energy Star Kids
With an interactive website, kids can easily click around spaces like their bedroom to learn more about what they can do to save energy; like making sure that the air vent isn’t blocked in their room or that their laptop is shut down when they are done using it.
It also advertises that it has the “world’s quickest presentation on global warming”, which pairs understandable graphics with simple language that allows for kids to get the basic idea. At the end, kids can choose to find ways to “make a difference” or learn more.
The website is also covered in fun facts about global warming like where energy comes from.
Kid’s Korner: Energy Efficiency is Fun
While its design includes gifs you would find on Powerpoint in 1999, the website gives factual information on energy efficiency.
With helpful graphics on how energy is produced, an extensive glossary, and what to do in the case of an electric shock.
The website also includes science experiments that kids can easily do at home like changing the color of Cheerios or making an anemometer.
By Kate Wilkinson