Teach your children!
How does time spent with your children help the environment?
| A typical child growing up in North America today spends an average of
3 hours per day watching TV. In many cases, this is more time than spent
with his/her own parents.
TV presents our children with a constant barrage of commercials and consumer values. Children today are obsessed with the things money can buy - do they understand the cost to the environment of needless consumerism?
all else, children crave time spent with their parents.
opportunity while they're young to teach them your values, and indulge them
with your own
Here are some sites which offer activities, ideas and inspiration for parents and children to explore and enjoy together:
There is a great deal of talk today about the need to expose children to more science and math, to develop a recycle mentality, to promote family time together, and to merge the virtual world with the real world. Build-It-Yourself addresses all these important issues in a playful way. Build-It-Yourself has won the support of kids, parents, teachers, community businesses and the media.
Build a Child's Wheelbarrow
The scale of this project is just right for a parent/child activity, a great way to teach your child basic woodworking skills. A child who has helped build his/her own wheelbarrow will use it with pride. Click here for the plans.
Plant Projects with Kids
Parents who want to develop kids' interest in gardening can begin with some plant projects that are just plain fun. The simple projects on this page teach children about seed germination and how to propagate plants from cuttings. The projects are clever and likely to engage children since they are fun as well as educational.
Hunkins' experiments were designed by a cartoonist for inquiring minds. Using cartoon-like examples in topics like food and clothes and light and sound, families can make an edible candle, learn to use a watch as a compass, drawing water from a desert or making a rubberband, for instance. Simple but engaging.
Is Treated Lumber Safe?
98% of the wood sold for outdoor use in the US is treated with chromated copper arsenate. Much of this wood is used for outdoor play structures for children. Read more
The best in paper gliders. Choose from a large selection of models from simple to complex. Build your glider from a kit, using paper, balsa, glue and a rubber band for propulsion. Great parent-child activity, and a good format for learning construction, principles of flight and aerodynamics. Inexpensive and rewarding - these little paper gliders are fun to fly!
Advocates for Children
A large list of activities for you and your fmily to try. Includes animal crafts, crafts requiring adult help, crafts by age group, family-centered crafts and holiday crafts.
Kids at Home
Your suggestions are always welcome!