We all want our children to grow up aware of the importance of caring for the environment. After all, this is their world and it needs to be preserved for generations to come. A valuable part of this awareness is the understanding of what green energy is and why it is so important to the environment.
Of course we could talk to them about it. Or let them read books about it. Yes, that may work. Or we could get real and realize that the way to get the attentions of our little future leaders is through stimulation, specifically electronic stimulation. Luckily for us, there is a wealth of great green energy websites designed especially for kids. Here are some of the very best choices:
Kids Saving Energy is a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Energy and Disney to inform children about green energy. The colorful, well-designed site teaches about biomass, solar, wind, and geothermal energy with mini explanations and visual aids. It also offers a plethora of games, activities, and science projects. Possibly the best part of the site, however, is the selection of downloadable energy awareness activity and coloring books. You can visit the site at www1.eere.gov/kids/
Energy Kids, produced by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is a huge site that provides information on various energy sources, how to save energy, and the history of energy. There are also dozens of things to do in the games and activities section: riddles, puzzles, experiments, and a scavenger hunt. There is also an energy quiz for the budding environmentalist and a downloadable activity book for everyone. You can find the site at www.eia.doe.gov/kids/
Energy Quest is a vibrant, eye-popping site sure to please even older children. A colorful kid’s room graphic offers mouse-over effects of every object leading to a multitude of resources. There is energy information, a story section, a movie room with 11 movies of varying lengths, a news section, and an art gallery. Kids can also find homework help, puzzles and games, science projects, and an energy research library. Energy Quest is located at http://energyquest.ca.gov.
DTE Energy Kids Club teaches important concepts through interactive game play. In the Energy Investigator game, children can track down the Energy Vampire and his Gobblings to earn a printable Energy Expert Certificate. Renewable Energyville briefly explains the workings of solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydro electricity. Clicking the ‘for kids’ link brings up a selection of printable activity pages while Aisha’s Lab contains printable instructions for ten science experiments kids can perform themselves. You can check it out at www.dteenergy.com/kids/
If you want your children to be more aware of green energy, why not let them learn it in a fun and interesting way? Introduce them to sites like these or the hundreds like them and watch them go.