Ages 9-11 | Life Skills

By this age, kids have learned a lot about why recycling and preserving earth's resources are important.  You may have a socially-conscious tween in your house, or one that loves to tell you facts and tips about how to be 'earth friendly'.  Listen to their ideas, help them to get involved in local and national activities and encourage them to learn more about their areas of interests.

The 3 R's At Home

  • If you recycle at home, ask your child to learn more about what can be recycled and where by visiting Recycle Spot for city-specific information.
  • Remind kids to limit their time in the shower.
  • Do a 'trash audit' at home - dump out your garbage and find out what you are throwing away that could be recycled.
  • Think about ways to reuse the water in your house - for example, extra water in your dinner glasses can be used in the dog's bowl or to water plants.  Can you collect water during your shower to use for anything?
  • Don't always turn on the lights - see if you can open the blinds/drapes and let more sunlight in the room first.


"Remake It! Recycle Projects from the Stuff You Usually Scrap" by Tiffany Threadgould - Kids will enjoy these creative ideas for reusing everyday items that may normally be trashed.  Lots of great ideas for room decor, ideal for this age group.

'Going Green' At School

  • Use a refillable water bottle at school and sports practices.
  • Walk or bike to school!
  • Get involved in your classroom or school's recycling efforts - ask your teacher or principal how you can help. 
  • Be careful with your school supplies so you can use them again.  If you don't need them, donate them to others who can use them.


"Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion" by Loree Griffin Burns shows how trash that's been thrown into the oceans has impacted our environment.  See how scientists and oceanographers are helping us learn to protect the seas and marine animals.


In the Community

  • If you can, walk or ride to sports practices.
  • Get involved in a 'clean-up day' at your school or local park - ask a parent, scout leader or teacher to help you!
  • When you outgrow some of your toys or bike, donate it to a local charity so younger kids might enjoy it too!

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Do you have a child who loves to take things apart just so they can put them back together again?  Lots of kids love to build projects and use tools.  Help them learn these skills, and how to use tools safely, at these great Kansas City places.


The Home Depot Kids Workshops


The Home Depot offers FREE Kids Workshops on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9 am - 12 noon.  Kids have the opportunity to do DIY projects, along with learning tool safetyand  building skills.

Visit their online workshop page to see what projects are currenlty being offered.  Each child will receive a free kid-size orange apron and an achievement pin when they attend.  Make sure to get there early as projects are popular and availability is first come, first serve.  


Lowe's 'Build and Grow' Clinics

FREE do-it-yourself clinics for kids are offered at area Lowe's store.  The 'Build and Grow Clinics' are held once or twice each month on Saturday mornings at 10 am.  Kids can construct some great wooden items such as seasonal crafts, gifts for Mom or Dad and wooden toys. 

These workshops fill very quickly and you need to register online!  You can view the schedule and available projects online.  I highly suggest that you register early.  Lowe's also offers a kid-size work apron and goggles to the first 50 children who register/attend each clinic.


More Building Fun:

There are so many ways to help other people, your community & the environment.  Maybe your child enjoys helping younger kids -- or they may have a passion for animals or nature.  Take advantage of these interests and find them a place to use their talents!

Does your child spend their allowance as soon as they get it?  Or are they a 'saver'? Help your kids learn more about money (both saving it and spending it responsibly) with some books, online resources and a visit to the Money Museum.

Books & A Movie

An amazing story about how one small loan can change the lives of people.  "One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference" by Katie Smith Milway tells the story of a boy in Ghana who takes a small loan to buy a hen, and how that purchase changes the lives of all in his village.  Kids will learn about the concept of loans & microloans, along with the concept of how making a small investment can have a large outcome.

"Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed" by Gary Paulsen - Kevin has lost his allowance and starts a series of businesses in order to make money, but not everyone is thrilled with his business practices/schemes.  Lessons on money and business are integrated throughout this cleverly written fiction book.


"Show Me the Money" by Alvin D. Hall - Very colorful with sidebars, games and real-life examples that are relevant to tweens.  Kids will learn the basics of economics including things like cash flow, supply & demand, fair market trade, and ethics


Disney's "Schoolhouse Rock!: Money" gives kids a fun & musical introduction to some financial issues, such as the national debt, being responsible with money and spending.


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Explore Money in KC

The Money Museum

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City to see the Money Museum.  Discover hands-on exhibits and activities that teach kids about money and the economic system in our country.  While you're there, you can:

  • See an operating bank vault,
  • Kids can design their own money,
  • Try lifting a gold bar,
  • Get a look at $30 million dollars!

Check the Visitor's page for hours and information - admission to the museum is free.


Are you ready to have your kids start helping in the kitchen?  Or learning how to make healthier choices for their lunch?  Help them learn about cooking and healthy eating at these Kansas City locations.






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