Sustainability and eco-friendliness are wide-spread concerns across the globe. Although you may understand the impact of the surrounding environment, your children may not. However, there are several fun projects you can do as a family to teach children about alternatives to mainstream needs such as power and food. According to this post, one of the most important aspects to teaching children is by contributing as a parent.
You’ve probably played with potato batteries or at least heard of them being created. This is where a chemical reaction within the potato creates a small amount of electricity. By using copper, galvanized nails and a potato, you can power a small LED clock or light. Did you know that lemons and oranges are capable of the same process? In fact, lemons produce more power than potatoes by using copper nails and zinc-coated screws. How much power can your family produce with various citrus fruits and other tubers?
Solar and Wind Kits
There are many places you can pick up solar and wind power kits that are perfect for children. These are low-voltage kits allowing the family to build a variety of objects. By making a few modifications, you could even create a charging base for game console controller batteries and other electronic implementations. According to Tony Martinez at Bella Spark Productions, “making good choices now can improve the future.” By teaching children about sustainable methods for power, they may grow to develop innovative ways to improve on current technologies.
During the next family barbeque, help the children build a solar oven. In this project, the family uses the direct sunlight to create heat within a box in order to cook food. This will need to be done carefully as larger ovens have been known to reach temperatures of over 450 degrees Fahrenheit. However, smaller versions can be created using a small box and tin foil in order to bake outdoor cookies or other easy treats for the children. You may find yourself packing the solar oven up next time you go camping as well.
Indoor Vegetable Gardens
Children are more likely to eat vegetables they have grown themselves. Using small indoor gardening stands, you can teach children the importance of food and how easy it is to keep the fruits and vegetables coming. As indoor gardens are not usually subjected to colder climates, it’s possible to cultivate one in order to produce food year round using fluorescent lighting or heat lamps as the plant’s energy source. This can keep the family fed while saving money at the grocery store. There is also a less likely chance of losing crops due to insects and bugs keeping the plants healthier.
There are thousands upon thousands of different ways you can teach children about sustainability while keeping the aspect fun. All it takes is a bit of imagination as most of these ideas cost very little money to implement. What can you and your family do around the home that can be used for teaching a better way of life for everyone?