Activities

Activities for sustainable living

Kids for Earth is all about learning to live sustainably in modern society. Given below is a list of activities that Kids for Earth organizes for its members. You can get detailed descriptions and steps of each activity by directly contacting Kids for Earth.

Recycling

Recycling needs are all around us. Without recycling we will fill the world's landfills in a hurry. Plastics, paper, styrofoam, electronic waste etc. are all recyclable. Learn all about recycling in these activities.   (List of Activities...)

Community Garden

Learn to build a garden in your community or in your backyard. The garden project involves participating in either an existing community garden or building a new one. Kids for Earth of Hillsdale has started their own Community Garden.   (List of Activities...)

Hazardous Waste

Lack of proper disposal of hazardous waste is a major problem for the landfills around the world. Paint cans, batteries, computers, cell phones etc. are routinely being disposed of in regular garbage. This activity is about learning the dangers of hazardous waste and adopting ways to dispose of the waste responsibly.   (List of Activities...)

Follow the garbage truck

This activity is a trip that the group takes to see the final destination of the town's garbage truck - the lanfill or the recycling center. The purpose of this activity is to understand how and where household trash (both recyclables and non-recyclables) are disposed.   (List of Activities...)

Gift wrapping made earth friendly

Wrap holiday gifts in an earth friendly way this year. This activity addresses the problem of excessive waste generated in gift wrapping. How can we adopt less plastic and paper based gift wrapping. What earth-friendly gift wraps are available in the market? How to evaluate whether they are earth friendly or not? Can we make our own packaging with recycled materials?   (List of Activities...)

Energy audit of residence

This activity is intended to explore the basics of energy use in a typical home. Ideally, a home energy audit may include a written report estimating energy use given local climate criteria, thermostat settings, roof overhang, and solar orientation. This could show energy use for a given time period, say a year, and the impact of any suggested improvements per year. The kids are shown how to record the energy use of their residence using a simple spreadsheet. Following the collection of the data, the results are discussed with the goals of reducing the variation in consumption, increasing efficiency of use, and promoting conservation.    (List of Activities...)

Pen Pals around the world

Learning to live sustainably is not a local effort only. In a world inhabited by billions of people, this activity seeks to set up a communication forum for children around the world to talk about the environmental issues. The aim is to let Kids for Earth reach out to other kids around the world and establish a conversation on pressing environmental issues.   (List of Activities...)

Film show

This activity is perfect for winter months when outdoor activities become restricted. To raise awareness, a set of films that address various environmental issues and scientific findings is shown. The film showing is followed by a discussion of the issues.   (List of Activities...)

Trash to art.

Trash that cannot be recycled can be used in multiple ways. One way that trash has been made useful is by converting it to art. A huge 25 acre garden with over 5000 sculptures was made out of ‘trash’ in Chandigarh, India. This activity will focus on how to use everyday trash to create art.   (List of Activities...)

Alternative Energy Projects

These projects focus exclusively on energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The objective of these projects is to address the various components of alternative energy. The need for and sources of alternative energy will be reinforced through multiple projects.   (List of Activities...)

Holiday Gifts Made Earth Friendly

The Holidays are a special time to exchange gifts with those you care about. But have you ever thought where the gifts and toys come from or where they go after they have been played with? Imagine if the Toy Story movies showed where the toys go after Andy or Emily finished playing with them! This activity shows you where. In "Holiday Gifts Made Earth Friendly", we will learn about the role of the environment in choosing and discarding gifts. We will also learn to make a few gifts out of ordinary items that are still special and good for the environment.   (List of Activities...)

There is a Farm on my Window

Vegetables can be grown anywhere, even on your window. This activity focuses on building a vertical vegetable garden on a window in any residential or office building. The kids learn to use recycled materials to build a high yield yet manageable garden at their finger tips.   (List of Activities...)

Water

Water covers 70.9% of the Earth's surface. On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds and rain. Oceans hold 97% of surface water, glaciers and polar ice caps 2.4%, and other land surface water such as rivers, lakes and ponds 0.6%. A very small amount of the Earth's water is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products. Fresh water comes mostly from glaciers melting into rivers and from rain. Yet even this enormous and ever present component of earth is being polluted by incessant human activities. Almost every body of water is now polluted by industrial or residential pollution. The activities included in this section deal with water pollution, conservation, and sustainable use for all living beings.   (List of Activities...)

Festivals made Earth Friendly

Global cultures are teeming with festivals of various sorts. Colors, sounds, gifts, foods, rituals... and a lot of trash form the basis of festivals around the world. This category of activities address the earth friendly ways of approaching festivals. Keep the happiness and joys of the festival but do away with the waste, trash, and pollution. Let's make our celebrations earth friendly too!   (List of Activities...)

Science Project

This science fair project is conducted to find out how human activity affects the quality of water in our river channels. The river water will be tested for its acidity, turbidity, as well as for the presence of ammonia and nitrate. The activity will explore what contributes to these pollutants and ways to remediate and prevent them.  (List of Activities...)