Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

Activiites & books about that teach our children about water conservation and the water cycle!

March 22nd is World Water Day.

It's a day for all of us to remember that water is an important resource in our life and clean water is a limited resource for many around the world. 

Everyone can make a difference in preserving this natural resource, even the youngest among us! 

In fact, our kids might even teach us adults a thing or two.

Join us as we explore some great books, learn about the water cycle and share tips for easy ways to conserve water.

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12 Inspiring Outdoor Activities: The Lorax & Ecology for Kids

12 Inspiring Outdoor Activities: The Lorax & Ecology for Kids

Use The Lorax and these fun outdoor activities to teach ecology and inspire your kids to change the world!

Today we're combining a few of our favorite things -- books & nature -- to kick off some early Spring exploring.  

In honor of Read Across America Day (celebrated on Dr. Seuss' birthday), let's take a look at how books and outdoor activities can teach our kids more about the environment.

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12  Earth-themed Lego STEM Projects

12 Earth-themed Lego STEM Projects

My kids have this fascination with taking indoor toys outside to play -- trading cards, dolls, building kits -- you name it!

They also think they can bring outdoor toys inside --

basketballs I'll allow but I draw the line at hula hoops ;)

With Earth Day coming up this week, taking some LEGOs outside to build a few of these STEM themed projects seems like a great idea to me!

Today's colorful activities include fun ways to learn about earth science, conservation efforts and other eco-friendly behaviors.

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20 Inspiring Nature Activities for Kids

When I was young, I can remember spending hours outdoors -- hiking to the woods behind our house, looking in the creek for crayfish and tadpoles, scouting out which animals were running around the yard. 

And I can clearly remember the smell of the lilac trees when they started to bloom!  I would ask my mother if I could keep my window open just so I could fall asleep to that wonderful scent :)

There always seems to be so many new things to experience in nature with the seasons constantly changing around us.  And as you know, we are big fans of nature activities for kids both at home and on the blog!

So I was very inspired this month to join the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge and share how kids can be 'Nice to Nature' with these hands-on activities and a free printable to share with you too!

 

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Learn the Water Cycle with LEGOs: An Easy Science Project for Kids

Learn the Water Cycle with LEGOs: An Easy Science Project for Kids

Explore science by building a model of the water cycle with LEGOs®!

I love taking a not-so-easy-to-explain topic like The Water Cycle and turning it into a hands-on learning activity where you can see their eyes light up as they begin to grasp the concept! 

And hands-on science is fun -- but add in a LEGO® challenge and kids will enjoy it even more!

The water cycle might seem like a complex topic but it's really very simple -- only 3 main parts -- and I always love to explain that the water we drink is the SAME water that the dinosaurs drank too (for some reason the idea of dinosaurs drooling in their water is appealing to kids, who knew?! :) 

But explaining how that's possible can be a little complicated which is why we're going to BUILD a water cycle project to help take a detailed topic and break it into simple learning steps.

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Recycle End of Year School Supplies for Back to School

Have your kids started their countdown for the last day of school yet?

The clock is quickly ticking away at our house!

And I adore that last day of school -- all the excitement about summer, the hugs for the teachers, our special end of school traditions and the kids knowing they are "one year older" in school years ;)

But I do dread all the end of the school year stuff that comes home with them -- stuffed in an "I-just-couldn't-get-it-zipped" backpack and overflowing brown paper bag.

They run into the house carrying that huge lot -- their whole desk or locker just dumped in it (UGH!) -- and it just spills out on the floor, quickly forgotten.  

So before they ditch their school supplies and reach for their bathing suits, have them follow these quick & easy steps that will save you time & money come Fall!! 

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15 Things to Build & Create Using Newspapers

Even though we only get the newspaper once a week, we always seem to have a pile of it lying around the house or tossed in the recycle bin.

In fact, that was my inspiration for our DIY Eiffel Tower project!

Why go out and spend money on building materials when you have some great stuff around the house, right!

So, since I know that newspapers are easy to come by and usually just recycled once read, I thought we'd share some inspiration for a few high fun, low cost summer projects for kids!

 

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Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Grab this free printable Earth Day Scavenger Hunt activity and inspire kids to learn more about our environment!

April is a great time to teach our kids about going green, eco-friendly behaviors and ways they can help the environment.

When we were young, environmental issues weren't as well discussed or researched -- now, our kids learn about these issues in school as part of the curriculum and are inspired to do small things that will benefit the Earth.

As we introduce eco-friendly behaviors to our children, it's not only important to teach them HOW to do the behavior (such as recycling a plastic bottle) but also critical that we share with them WHY we are doing these things.

Why do we sort out our recycling?

Why shouldn't be let the water run when we brush our teeth?

We sometimes miss the opportunities to discuss the impact our behaviors can have on the world around us.

So today's activity -- an Earth Day (or Month) Scavenger Hunt -- mixes both the How & Why of choosing to 'go green'!

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5 Ways to Inspire Kids to Go Green

"We have not inherited the Earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children."

~ Lester Brown

 

Being eco-friendly takes on a whole new meaning when you read this statement.

As parents, we all work so hard to provide our kids with a good future -- 

we save money to send them to college

we help them to learn how to eat right and stay healthy.

But sometimes we need to realize that we can't always do FOR them -- it's important to teach them to do for themselves.

And that's exactly what we need to do when it comes to environmental issues.  Teaching our kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle are important life skills that they will use every day.

So today, we're sharing 5 ways to involve kids in eco-friendly behaviors around the house, easy ideas that any family can adopt and affiliate links to a few of our favorite items!

 

 teaching kids to reduce, reuse & recycle

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Ecology for Kids: Learning about Biomes

Wow has summer just flown by or what?!  The kids only have a few more weeks before they start classes here (they are NOT ready to go back) and this is the last topic in our Summer Science series.

If you've missed the previous science projects and booklists, please check out the links at the bottom of the post -- Trisha (Inspiration Laboratories) and I have had such a fun time pulling together hands-ons science and many of the activities can be used year round!

 

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15 Fabulous Books about Forest Animals

The kids and I have always loved forest animals -- probably because we live in the middle of the plains ;) 

So seeing a moose doesn't happen so often in our area.

But when we head out on vacation -- trips to the Rocky Mountains or hikes through the Black Hills of South Dakota -- we spend time seeking out and observing the amazing wildlife in the forest!

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Going Green: Books & Websites to Inspire Kids

Some of the newest lessons for this generation include learning about the environment, ecology and how our behaviors impact the world around us. 

Earth Day is a yearly celebration that reminds us to revisit how we treat the Earth. 

These are important lessons for our children to learn as many of our resources are finite. 

Helping to preserve the water, open lands and wildlife will mean that our grandkids and great-grandkids will still have the opportunity to roll down a hill, swim in the ocean and breathe fresh air!

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Create Your Own Nature Journal for Kids {with free printable outdoor activities!}

Lately, I've discovered some really amazing nature printables and worksheets this year for our nature journal activities! 

Really super awesome stuff! 

But you know how it is -- you take a piece of paper outside for a scavenger hunt or garden activity and before you know it, it's blowing around the yard with the kids chasing after it. 

Or the pencil you have goes missing. 

Or you don't have enough time to finish the activity and then can't find the darn sheet the next day.

Or you DO finish the activity but aren't sure where to store them all so the kids can see what they've accomplished.

But I've found a fix! 

Today's project will solve all those issues -- an easy DIY for your own Nature Journal!

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Family Adventures - Tips for Picking and the Capri Sun Big Pouch Picking Contest

 

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We are HUGE fans of American Pickers -- I mean big!  In our house, it's a family show and we all watch to see what cool things can be found when you head out on a pick. 

Needless to say I was thrilled when I was chosen to tell you about the Capri Sun Big Pouch /American Pickers contest!  Picking is a great family activity that teaches the benefits of recycling and appreciation of history.


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Earth Day Activities for Kids

Even though we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd this year, it's really an everyday activity. 

There are so many easy ways to introduce kids to environmental ideas and adopt eco-friendly behaviors at home, at school and in your community.

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