Environmental Projects for Kids

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Children can learn hands-on methods for conserving resources and protecting the environment by participating in environmental projects at home and around their community. Help your child pick a project from the list below to get started and explore some of Study.com's helpful resources.

Collecting Rainwater

Kids can do something environmentally friendly by creating a simple rainwater collection system at home. Challenge your child to use something around the house and see what they come up with. A simple set-up can include PVC pipe connected to rain gutters that funnel into something that serves as a water storage tank. After adequate rainfall, the water collected in the storage tank can be used to water plants and trees using a bucket or watering can, saving the amount of water that has to come out of the hose.

Your child can check out a lesson on sustainability from Study.com, and see how it relates to this project.

Composting

Children may be familiar with recycling plastic bottles and tin cans, but you can also teach them the importance of reducing waste by composting biodegradable materials. This project can be done with relative ease and produce great benefits when gardening. Composting also involves a little bit of chemistry to balance the carbon and nitrogen ratios, which provides another element of learning. All kids need is a simple container for the compost pile, and the right ingredients.

By watching an engaging video lesson on composting, kids can learn more about the types of items that should be used in compost, as well as other benefits of composting.

Studying the Local Habitat

Children can more closely examine the concept of a habitat by exploring where they live. They can begin by taking notes and/or making sketches of the animals, plants, trees, ponds, lakes and rivers they encounter as they walk through their neighborhood or community. The next step involves researching the wildlife, water sources and plant species they encountered to determine if they are native to the region.

Study.com's lesson on habitats will further develop kids' understanding of what they are.

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