Natural Resources Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:04 What Are Natural Resources?
  • 0:32 Air and Water
  • 1:05 Plants and Animals
  • 1:51 Fossil Fuels and Minerals
  • 2:22 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Danielle Haak

Danielle has a PhD in Natural Resource Sciences and a MSc in Biological Sciences

Natural resources are the materials we use from nature to make the things we need. Air, water, plants, and animals are all examples of natural resources. Complete this lesson to learn more about natural resources.

What Are Natural Resources?

You probably use more things created from natural resources than you realize! Air, water, plants, and animals are all examples of natural resources, which are any raw materials we take from nature to make things that we need. We can't make natural resources ourselves, but we can control how they are used. We want to do this so we don't use them up too fast. Let's learn more about natural resources by looking at some examples.

Air and Water

Air is a natural resource. You need air to breathe. You also need it to do fun things, like fly kites and sail a boat. What else do we do with air? We use it to fill our car and bike tires, basketballs, and balloons. We can even use air to make electricity through the use of wind turbines. That's pretty cool.

Water is another natural resource. Fish need water to live, and we use it to swim in. Like with air, we can use water to create electricity. We call this hydropower.

Plants and Animals

Plants are a big natural resource for us. Think of all the things we make from trees, including paper, furniture, and buildings. Do you have a garden in your backyard? Maybe you grow tomatoes. A tomato is a type of natural resource. This makes sense because you can't make a tomato. If you eat all your tomatoes in one meal, then you'll have no more tomatoes. Once they are gone, you'll have to wait for your garden to grow more.

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