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15 04, 2014

How Electricity is Made: An Easy Explanation

By |2021-05-24T08:40:59+00:00April 15, 2014|Teach Kids About...|1 Comment

We all know that some kinds of energy are a lot more eco-friendly than others - and when it comes to generating electricity, that often has us thinking about power generation from low, or even no, carbon renewable options instead of getting it from high-carbon fossil fuels. As far as [...]

7 10, 2011

Food: Use By, Sell By, Confused By! What it all Means

By |2021-05-24T08:40:55+00:00October 7, 2011|Food|Comments Off on Food: Use By, Sell By, Confused By! What it all Means

Modern food packaging carries an enormous amount of information about what you’re planning to eat – everything from the number of calories and its nutritional value, to how you need to store it and the ways in which it can be cooked. It’s all useful stuff of course, but while [...]

28 01, 2011

Solar Cold-frame Success: A Case Study

By |2021-05-24T08:41:12+00:00January 28, 2011|Case Studies|2 Comments

“We really wanted to make a greenhouse,” explains Mike Fuller, “but we just couldn’t seem to drink the lemonade quickly enough!” Mike’s sons, John and David, it seems, had seen a programme on the TV about building a solar greenhouse from old plastic bottles, and set their hearts on making [...]

28 01, 2011

Pumping Water is Child’s Play: A Case Study

By |2021-05-24T08:41:12+00:00January 28, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on Pumping Water is Child’s Play: A Case Study

In many parts of the world, obtaining drinking water is a real problem. According to estimates around 900 million people around the globe – that’s one in every six of the planet’s population – have no regular supply of clean drinking water, and there are 300 million of them in [...]

21 01, 2011

Getting Involved With Conservation

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00January 21, 2011|Activities|Comments Off on Getting Involved With Conservation

For children who care about the plight of the natural world, there’s never been an easier – or more important – time to get involved with conservation. Whatever they’re passionate about, there’s bound to be a way for them to do their bit to help preserve some of the unique [...]

21 01, 2011

Glamping: Eco-friendly Camping With a Difference

By |2021-05-24T08:40:57+00:00January 21, 2011|Travelling|Comments Off on Glamping: Eco-friendly Camping With a Difference

There’s not much to compare with camping when it comes to the ultimate “back to nature” experience. A week or two away from electricity, the TV and your broadband connection, coupled with the very real need to conserve water and cook your own food on fairly rudimentary facilities outdoors certainly [...]

21 01, 2011

Choosing Ethical Souvenirs

By |2021-05-24T08:40:52+00:00January 21, 2011|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Choosing Ethical Souvenirs

Bringing home presents and souvenirs from your holiday is all part of the fun, but not all of the things on offer in the world’s tourist shops are what you could describe as truly “ethical” – and sometimes, they’re not legal either. It’s a potential minefield even for knowledgeable and [...]

20 01, 2011

The Eco Photo-Essay

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00January 20, 2011|Activities|Comments Off on The Eco Photo-Essay

When it comes to getting any story across, there’s not much doubting that video is the dominant way of doing it, but never-the-less, there are still times when a collection of striking still photographs can say more than a few minutes-worth of moving ones. If you’ve ever idly flicked through [...]

20 01, 2011

Finding Useful Eco Teaching Resources

By |2021-05-24T08:41:01+00:00January 20, 2011|School|Comments Off on Finding Useful Eco Teaching Resources

Despite the vast amount of green-themed information, websites, blogs and books widely available, finding really useful eco-teaching resources can, surprisingly, sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Like so many things, however, it’s really just a question of knowing where to look – and the good news is, there’s no [...]

20 01, 2011

Simple Solar Experiments for Schools

By |2021-05-24T08:41:01+00:00January 20, 2011|School|2 Comments

Between driving the weather, making plants grow and helping generate an ever-increasing amount of the electricity we use via photovoltaic cells, the sun does a pretty important job. There are plenty of kits available that can help bring solar power into the classroom, but if the equipment budget is a [...]

23 11, 2010

Be an Eco Reporter or Movie Maker

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00November 23, 2010|Activities|2 Comments

With so much readily available and relatively cheap technology to be had, there’s never been an easier time to launch your own career as a budding eco reporter or movie maker. Most of what you need comes built-in to most modern laptops – and an awful lot of mobile phones [...]

23 11, 2010

Simple Soil Experiments for Schools

By |2021-05-24T08:41:01+00:00November 23, 2010|School|1 Comment

Kids – the most enquiring minds in the universe; add soil, a few everyday objects and a little science and you’ve got to be onto a winner! Here’s a pair of very simple experiments to get youngsters thinking about soil and start investigating it in a practical way; they're very [...]

23 11, 2010

Setting Up a Wildlife Area at School

By |2021-05-24T08:41:00+00:00November 23, 2010|School|2 Comments

A well set up wildlife area can be a fantastic resource for any school, from it’s obvious ability to make a useful contribution to so much of the curriculum through to its simple – and often overlooked – value as a quiet place to just be. It’s a wonderfully adaptable [...]

15 11, 2010

The Stay-at-home Gap Year

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00November 15, 2010|Travelling|Comments Off on The Stay-at-home Gap Year

The gap year represents an important time for many young people – a rite of passage marking the transition between school days and the adult world of university or the workplace. Traditionally an excuse to go back-packing around some of the world’s most interesting and unusual places, often working at [...]

15 11, 2010

The Eco Traveller’s Code

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00November 15, 2010|Travelling|Comments Off on The Eco Traveller’s Code

Almost all of us like to travel and take the opportunity to visit somewhere different; even when today’s multi-channel digital TV beams the remotest corners of the world into our living rooms, there’s still nothing quite like seeing it for yourself. As every eco-aware person on the planet knows, however, [...]

15 11, 2010

Eco-friendly Christmas Gifts

By |2021-05-24T08:40:52+00:00November 15, 2010|Products & Lifestyle|1 Comment

Christmas is a time for giving, but for the eco-friendly family, trying to do the right thing for the world doesn’t really sit easily with the conspicuous consumption – not to mention the tonnes of paper and packaging – that seem bound up in “traditional” presents. Fortunately as an increasing [...]

2 09, 2010

What Do You Know About Garden Wildlife?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:11+00:00September 2, 2010|Quick Quizzes|Comments Off on What Do You Know About Garden Wildlife?

All sorts of native wildlife can be found living in and around our gardens – and even more kinds are fairly regular visitors. From birds, bees and bugs to occasional bigger beasts such as badgers and deer, the Great British back yard is alive with all manner of creatures – [...]

2 09, 2010

Planting Your Own Mini Wildflower Meadow

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00September 2, 2010|Activities|Comments Off on Planting Your Own Mini Wildflower Meadow

Wildflower meadows have an appeal all of their own and if you’re a bit of a wildlife fan, there’s not much to beat a few hours spent watching the steady stream of bees and other pollinating insects busying themselves amongst the blooms on a warm summer’s afternoon. Unfortunately, changes to [...]

2 09, 2010

Starting Your Own Eco Blog

By |2021-05-24T08:41:06+00:00September 2, 2010|Activities|1 Comment

From politicians and pop stars to the people next door, it seems just about everyone’s blogging and for eco-friendly kids, there’s probably no better way of making their thoughts and ideas on the future of the planet known to the wider world. Like all things internet, blogging comes with the [...]

1 09, 2010

Build Your Own Greenhouse from Plastic Bottles

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00September 1, 2010|Activities|19 Comments

Here’s a great practical project for the whole family – turn used plastic bottles into a greenhouse, and then enjoy the chance to grow some of your own food once you’ve finished. Some of the heavier construction work is probably going to be adults-only – or older kids at least [...]

1 09, 2010

Getting the Most Out of Woodland Walks

By |2021-05-24T08:41:06+00:00September 1, 2010|Activities|Comments Off on Getting the Most Out of Woodland Walks

Wherever you live in Britain, there are very few places where you’re more than a short distance from a good woodland walk and whatever kind of trees make up your local forest – conifers, broad-leafed trees or a mixture of the two – there’s likely to be plenty to see [...]

22 06, 2010

Are You an Eco-friendly Gardener?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:11+00:00June 22, 2010|Quick Quizzes|1 Comment

Gardening is a huge hobby in Britain and most of us enjoy the opportunity to potter about tending our own little piece of ground. Back gardens represent an important space in all the family’s lives and whether yours is principally for outdoor entertaining, growing flowers, watching wildlife or the kids [...]

16 06, 2010

Finding Out About the Food in Your Cupboard

By |2021-05-24T08:41:10+00:00June 16, 2010|At Home|Comments Off on Finding Out About the Food in Your Cupboard

Food production is at the heart of how we look after our planet and growing enough to feed us all makes significant demands on global resources, particularly in terms of land, water and energy. More than a third of the world’s available surface is given over to agriculture in one [...]

16 06, 2010

Great Eco-Friendly Gadgets

By |2021-05-24T08:41:10+00:00June 16, 2010|At Home|Comments Off on Great Eco-Friendly Gadgets

If your kids love gadgets, there are plenty to choose from that are as green as they are great fun to use. Whether you’re looking for something entertaining, educational or simply practical, there’s bound to be one that will suit – and searching through all the wonderfully ingenious options available [...]

16 06, 2010

Do Your Own Energy Survey

By |2021-05-24T08:41:06+00:00June 16, 2010|Activities|Comments Off on Do Your Own Energy Survey

With energy being one of the biggest issues of the day, doing your own energy survey can be a great way to involve all the family in doing something that’s both positive for the planet, and helpful to the household budget. Professional audits will, of course, be more comprehensive than [...]

16 06, 2010

Take Your Kids on a Back Garden Safari

By |2021-05-24T08:41:05+00:00June 16, 2010|Activities|Comments Off on Take Your Kids on a Back Garden Safari

If you’re blessed with wildlife-mad youngsters but you just can’t quite manage to conjure up that flight to Africa before bed time, then don’t despair. Admittedly, while there’s nothing quite like watching animals grazing on the Serengeti, you actually don’t have to go very far to encounter some pretty bizarre [...]

16 06, 2010

Bird Watching: How to Get Started

By |2021-05-24T08:41:05+00:00June 16, 2010|Activities|Comments Off on Bird Watching: How to Get Started

Starting bird watching with your kids couldn’t be easier. Even in the depths of the city, in parks and back gardens, on lamp-posts and roadside trees, you’ll find something to watch and some of the best opportunities exist outside your own kitchen window, particularly if you have a bird bath [...]

16 06, 2010

Buying Ethical Presents

By |2021-05-24T08:40:52+00:00June 16, 2010|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Buying Ethical Presents

There’s nothing quite like the joy of giving – or getting – a present, and if you can do some wider good into the bargain, then everybody wins. With so many horror stories in the media surrounding slave-labour manufacturing of this newest must-have toy, or that latest fashion range, it [...]

16 04, 2010

How Much Do You Know About Weather and Climate?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:11+00:00April 16, 2010|Quick Quizzes|Comments Off on How Much Do You Know About Weather and Climate?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years or you’ve just returned from Mars, you can’t have failed to notice just how much the news has been full of talk about climate change, global warming, floods, droughts, heat-waves and the weather in general. So, how much [...]

16 04, 2010

What Do You Know About Water?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:10+00:00April 16, 2010|Quick Quizzes|Comments Off on What Do You Know About Water?

Water really is the stuff of life. From washing to drinking and from the rain lashing against winter windows to the waves crashing against summer-holiday shores, it affects everything we do, and that’s before we even begin to consider how important it is to the rest of the planet. In [...]

16 04, 2010

Make a Wildlife Corner in Your Garden

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00April 16, 2010|At Home|2 Comments

Watching wildlife comes high on the list of favourite activities for most eco-friendly kids – and it’s often a hit with their parents too. There’s no better way to encourage a few native species to come into your own backyard than by rolling out a bit of a red carpet [...]

15 04, 2010

How Energy-Aware Are You?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:11+00:00April 15, 2010|Quick Quizzes|Comments Off on How Energy-Aware Are You?

Between cutting back on fuel bills, using electricity more efficiently and reducing our carbon footprint it seems that everyone’s taking energy very seriously these days. So, how about you? Are you a bit of an energy champion, doing your bit wherever you can – or does the whole thing leave [...]

13 04, 2010

Are You an Eco Friendly Eater?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:11+00:00April 13, 2010|Quick Quizzes|Comments Off on Are You an Eco Friendly Eater?

Everything we do has an impact of one sort or another on the environment – and the choice of food we buy is no exception. Everything we eat will have required valuable water and nutrients to produce in the first place and – unless we grew it ourselves – will [...]

13 04, 2010

Easy Wildlife Homes to Make in an Afternoon.

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00April 13, 2010|At Home|1 Comment

For eco-friendly kids there’s not much to beat watching wildlife outside your own back door and with habitat loss and changes in the countryside meaning that an increasing number of native British animals are visiting domestic gardens, the opportunities have never been better. Creating a wildlife area is a great [...]

13 04, 2010

Simple Ways to Help Birds

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00April 13, 2010|At Home|Comments Off on Simple Ways to Help Birds

Birds are a big favourite in the garden, but despite their near universal popularity, life can be tough for them and the numbers of many once common British species are in decline. Amongst those on the danger list are house sparrows, starlings, song thrushes and robins – but fortunately there [...]

30 06, 2009

Top Kid’s Movies With an Eco Friendly Message

By |2021-05-24T08:40:59+00:00June 30, 2009|Teach Kids About...|4 Comments

When it comes to eco-friendly films, it seems to be the adult viewers who are really spoilt for choice. Grown-up movies like An Inconvenient Truth and The 11th Hour offer penetrating insights into global issues like climate change and overpopulation. The only problem is that they're far too complex for [...]

30 06, 2009

Five Great Eco Friendly Days Out in the UK

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00June 30, 2009|Travelling|Comments Off on Five Great Eco Friendly Days Out in the UK

With the summer holidays stretching ahead, parents across the UK will be wracking their brains trying to avoid the inevitable cries of “I’m bored!” from grumpy offspring. But while theme park trips and visits to the swimming pool are all very well, wouldn’t it be brilliant if your kids could [...]

30 06, 2009

Why Local Veg Box Schemes Are Great for Kids

By |2021-05-24T08:40:55+00:00June 30, 2009|Food|Comments Off on Why Local Veg Box Schemes Are Great for Kids

If your family gets most of its groceries from a supermarket then it might be time to turn 'management speak' on its head and start thinking inside the box! Vegetable (and meat) boxes are a modern take on an old fashioned idea. By giving you access to local food providers [...]

30 06, 2009

Eco Friendly Birthday Parties

By |2021-05-24T08:40:52+00:00June 30, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Eco Friendly Birthday Parties

As any modern parent knows, children's birthday parties aren't what they used to be. While once upon a time kids were happy with a slice of cake wrapped in a serviette, today's parties are often expensive affairs featuring computer games, entertainers and elaborate gifts for each child. The competition between [...]

30 06, 2009

Does Kid’s Chemical Free Sun Cream Really Work?

By |2021-05-24T08:40:51+00:00June 30, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Does Kid’s Chemical Free Sun Cream Really Work?

While playing in the sun can be fun, modern parents now know that it's sensible for children to limit their exposure to strong rays. Judging by the variety of sunhats (and the odd parasol) on display in kid's playgrounds during summertime, it seems the expert view that too much sun [...]

30 06, 2009

Is Having Kids Eco Friendly?

By |2021-05-24T08:40:51+00:00June 30, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|1 Comment

While it's fun to kit your kids out in cute eco-friendly clothes and teach them how to protect planet Earth, there's one fundamental question that may cause eco aware parents a few sleepless nights. Our kids may be clever, well brought up and destined to do something wonderful with their [...]

29 04, 2009

How to Make Gentle Bath Oil

By |2021-05-24T08:40:50+00:00April 29, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on How to Make Gentle Bath Oil

Soft and supple skin is a common goal of many women and some men. Modern society, with its chemicals, toxins and dehydrated air, takes a terrible toll on our skin. Certain seasons of the year dry it out even more. The great demand for moisture is well-documented by the large [...]

29 04, 2009

Homemade Baby Powder

By |2021-05-24T08:40:49+00:00April 29, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Homemade Baby Powder

If you are concerned about patting your baby down with baby powder and want to know if there are alternatives, then you have found what you're looking for. The following article takes a look at the latest on using baby powder and provides a natural, talc-free alternative. Surprisingly, doctors actually [...]

28 04, 2009

Homemade Cradle Cap Recipe

By |2021-05-24T08:40:51+00:00April 28, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Homemade Cradle Cap Recipe

If you are trying to get rid of your baby's cradle cap, here's how to do it using ingredients from nature. Plus, you can save money at the same time. First of all you should realise that cradle cap is not really a serious or painful condition. However, it should [...]

28 04, 2009

How to Make Nappy Rash Ointment

By |2021-05-24T08:40:50+00:00April 28, 2009|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on How to Make Nappy Rash Ointment

When it come to treating nappy rash, here's what every concerned parent should know. First of all, nappy rash is quite common, the symptoms your baby will have depend on the severity of the nappy rash. Nearly all cases of nappy rash can be successfully treated at home and you [...]

3 04, 2009

Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Saving Energy at Home

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00April 3, 2009|At Home|Comments Off on Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Saving Energy at Home

The chances are that when you were a child, if your Dad yelled at you to turn your TV off, he was more worried about the cost of electricity rather than its draining effect on the planet’s resources. These days, we all know that conserving our energy is essential to [...]

3 04, 2009

Quiz: How Eco-Aware Are Your Kids?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:05+00:00April 3, 2009|Activities|2 Comments

Whatever way you want to look at it, children really are the future of the planet. With our natural resources running out, the way they choose to take charge could save the environment from natural disaster. So how eco-aware are your brood? Are they out and about recycling in your [...]

2 04, 2009

Help Your Children Become More Self Sufficient

By |2021-05-24T08:41:03+00:00April 2, 2009|Green Tips|Comments Off on Help Your Children Become More Self Sufficient

When you’re an adult it’s all too easy to remember the first, often faltering steps out of the family nest and into a flat, or shared student accommodation. No doubt the laundry took some figuring out – and you may have taken a while to cook up dishes that were [...]

2 04, 2009

Eco-friendly School Gear

By |2021-05-24T08:41:00+00:00April 2, 2009|School|Comments Off on Eco-friendly School Gear

Along with the lengthening days one of the surest signs that summer’s coming to an end are the ‘Back to School’ signs in shop windows. While they might put a spring into the step of holiday-fatigued parents, they also signal the raft of new school supplies that their children are [...]

1 04, 2009

How Children Learn Through Involvement in Eco Campaigns

By |2021-05-24T08:41:05+00:00April 1, 2009|Activities|Comments Off on How Children Learn Through Involvement in Eco Campaigns

Whether it's a much-loved local park about to be bulldozed, or a species of whale about to be wiped out it's always inspiring to hear your child ask "What can we do about it, Mum?" Caring about these issues means that your child is starting to discover the world around [...]

1 04, 2009

Fun Ways For Kids to Learn Where Their Food Comes From

By |2021-05-24T08:40:55+00:00April 1, 2009|Food|Comments Off on Fun Ways For Kids to Learn Where Their Food Comes From

If you ask most young children where their food comes from, the chances are that they’ll answer ‘the supermarket’, or even ‘mummy’ rather than give you a rundown of the latest advances in crop farming. This is a pretty common response. After all, if you don’t have an allotment, or [...]

26 03, 2009

Smart Ways to Make the School Run More Eco Friendly

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00March 26, 2009|Travelling|Comments Off on Smart Ways to Make the School Run More Eco Friendly

With the daily scramble to locate lost P.E. kits, find exercise books and pocket locker keys (and all against the ticking of the clock) it's no wonder that the school run isn't exactly the highlight of many parents' day. In fact, it can be so stressful that it's easy to [...]

15 12, 2008

Marly the Dolphin Maze Puzzle

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00December 15, 2008|Printable Puzzles|Comments Off on Marly the Dolphin Maze Puzzle

Oh dear, poor old Marly the Dolphin has swum too far and can't get back to his home at the bottom of the sea. Can you help Marly swim to safe waters? Watch out for the toxic waste and the fishing net! Why not Download the Marly the Dolphin Maze [...]

15 12, 2008

Recycle Your Rubbish Puzzle

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00December 15, 2008|Printable Puzzles|Comments Off on Recycle Your Rubbish Puzzle

Recycling is very important for the future of our planet. We can help our environment by reducing the amount of rubbish we throw away everyday. By separating our waste into different types, we can start to recognise which types of rubbish can be used again. Can you sort the items [...]

15 12, 2008

Tiger Mask to Colour and Cut Out

By |2021-05-24T08:41:08+00:00December 15, 2008|Printable Puzzles|Comments Off on Tiger Mask to Colour and Cut Out

Grrrr.... Who's that scary tiger? Why, it's you! Why not make your very own tiger mask and see what a scary animal you can be? Just cut around the dotted line, then thread some string through the holes on either side. Colour in and wear - you're ready to roar! [...]

15 12, 2008

Penguin Pete’s Energy Puzzle

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00December 15, 2008|Printable Puzzles|Comments Off on Penguin Pete’s Energy Puzzle

There are lots of ways in which we can get energy. Some are renewable and some are non-renewable, also called fossil fuels. Eventually we will run out of non-renewable energy, so it is important that we use other sources that won't run out. Can you circle all the ones that [...]

15 12, 2008

Benny the Beaver Colouring

By |2021-05-24T08:41:07+00:00December 15, 2008|Printable Puzzles|Comments Off on Benny the Beaver Colouring

Beavers are clever animals, they can build their own houses using nothing but their teeth. They chew through tree branches, to build a den, also called a lodge. Can you colour in Benny the Beaver? He's just chewed a branch ready to be made into his house. Why not Download [...]

26 05, 2008

Get Creative Making Sock Puppets

By |2021-05-24T08:41:04+00:00May 26, 2008|Activities|Comments Off on Get Creative Making Sock Puppets

If you feel like you’ve got enough plastic stuff then it’s time to get creative and come up with some entertaining ways of using recyclable materials. Making sock puppets is a great way to use up old socks and extra craft materials, and once you have a whole cast you [...]

29 02, 2008

Slow Food: The Fight Against Fast Food

By |2021-05-24T08:40:55+00:00February 29, 2008|Food|Comments Off on Slow Food: The Fight Against Fast Food

"Slow food" is a phrase used to describe the Slow Food Movement, a movement that began to fight against fast food. This movement began in Italy in the mid-1980s and put an emphasis on local, fresh food from the harvests available in any given region. Today over 120 countries have [...]

23 01, 2008

Travelling By Train

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00January 23, 2008|Travelling|Comments Off on Travelling By Train

Trains are a type of public transportation. That is, trains are able to move a large number of people at one time. Sometimes public transportation is called "mass transportation" because things like buses, trains and planes can move masses of people all at once. Trains are also a relatively environmentally [...]

22 11, 2007

A Kids’ Guide to Composting

By |2021-05-24T08:41:03+00:00November 22, 2007|Green Tips|26 Comments

Everyday the rubbish that we throw away pollutes the earth. If it’s incinerated (burned up) it can release harmful toxins that pollute the air but if it’s dumped into a landfill or even the ocean then it pollutes our land and water. Thankfully, a lot of our rubbish tends to [...]

13 08, 2007

Setting up an Organic Garden at School

By |2021-05-24T08:40:59+00:00August 13, 2007|School|Comments Off on Setting up an Organic Garden at School

Why Set Up a Garden? The benefits of setting up an organic garden at school are numerous! As an educational tool the garden will impact on many subjects – and not just environmental studies! Your garden could provide the inspiration for art classes, English lessons and home economics to name [...]

1 08, 2007

How Kids Can Help Reduce Energy Use

By |2021-05-24T08:40:57+00:00August 1, 2007|Teach Kids About...|1 Comment

How much energy do you use at home? It's not easy to calculate but most of us realise that one way and another with all our 'labour saving' devices, we use much more than is good for the environment. The main problem is CO2 – carbon dioxide – this comes [...]

29 07, 2007

Reducing Unnecessary Travel

By |2021-05-24T08:40:55+00:00July 29, 2007|Travelling|Comments Off on Reducing Unnecessary Travel

Reducing unnecessary travel is something we should all be aiming for, be it in the form of using public transport more often, relying less on our cars, or taking to pedal power or walking. Setting a good example to our children by examining how we could reduce the amount of [...]

29 07, 2007

Organic Children’s Products

By |2021-05-24T08:40:49+00:00July 29, 2007|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Organic Children’s Products

Organic goods are popping up in practically every store on the high street nowadays. From organic shoes to organic pet food there doesn't seem to be a product that hasn't had a greener, healthier, organic makeover. It is well documented that the cost of organic products often puts people off [...]

21 06, 2007

Products Made out of Recycled Materials

By |2021-05-24T08:41:03+00:00June 21, 2007|Recycling|1 Comment

Apart from the obvious – paper tins and glass – what other materials spring to mind when you think of recycled products? How about car tyres circuit boards and juice cartons for starters?! Amaze your kids with the myriad of recycled products that are available with a bit of searching [...]

15 06, 2007

Colouring Sheets

By |2021-05-24T08:41:04+00:00June 15, 2007|Activities|Comments Off on Colouring Sheets

Get your young children immersed in all things eco by providing them with an array of colouring sheets to crayon or paint - and most importantly enjoy! Learning Through Play Pre-schoolers and young children learn through play and fun activities. Most youngsters will happily occupy themselves with crafts and creative [...]

12 06, 2007

Making Recycling a Fun Activity

By |2021-05-24T08:41:01+00:00June 12, 2007|Recycling|Comments Off on Making Recycling a Fun Activity

Recycling should be a family-wide effort that comes naturally to everyone – though like most household tasks is much easier said than done where children are concerned! It's no big secret that children soon begin to resent anything they perceive as a chore, so it makes sense to introduce recycling [...]

7 06, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By |2021-05-24T08:41:02+00:00June 7, 2007|Recycling|1 Comment

In our quest to be eco-friendly and to raise our children in a world where sustainable environmentally friendly living becomes second nature, reduce, reuse and recycle should be uttered mantra like each time we are tempted to simply fling something in the bin! Reducing, reusing and recycling are life skills [...]

5 06, 2007

Eco Friendly Kids’ Clothing

By |2021-05-24T08:40:49+00:00June 5, 2007|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Eco Friendly Kids’ Clothing

Eco friendly clothing is a real buzz word at the moment with the high street rapidly catching on to the fact that consumers want products that are produced using sustainable resources such as organic cotton, hemp and silk - in other words, funky clothes made from materials whose production and [...]

26 04, 2007

Spot the Recyclable Products

By |2021-05-24T08:41:04+00:00April 26, 2007|Activities|Comments Off on Spot the Recyclable Products

We are all encouraged to recycle our rubbish these days with recycling provisions readily available in almost every district and clear information on most packaging as to how it can be safely and ethically disposed of. Also, with many areas now implementing reduced refuse collections, it is in our own [...]

26 04, 2007

The Ecological System

By |2021-05-24T08:40:58+00:00April 26, 2007|Teach Kids About...|Comments Off on The Ecological System

If the thought of teaching your children about ecosystems seems a bit of a challenge - particularly if science wasn’t exactly your favourite subject at school - help is at hand! As with all subjects breaking information down into digestible, age appropriate chunks is the easiest and most child-friendly approach, [...]

17 04, 2007

What do Food Labels Mean?

By |2021-05-24T08:40:53+00:00April 17, 2007|Food|Comments Off on What do Food Labels Mean?

Food labels can be an absolute minefield - low this high that, sugar free, low fat, suitable for vegetarians…the list is endless, and, in some cases plain confusing. Educating children about food labelling can be particularly tricky as there are so many nutritional ‘claims’ laid to products, which, when scrutinised, [...]

13 04, 2007

The Eco-Code

By |2021-05-24T08:40:59+00:00April 13, 2007|School|Comments Off on The Eco-Code

Get everyone in your family on the eco-straight and narrow by drawing up your own Eco Code! What is an Eco Code? Basically your Eco Code will be the set of ecologically sound ‘rules and regulations’ you and your family chose to live by in the interests of the planet! [...]

12 04, 2007

Litter and Waste

By |2021-05-24T08:40:57+00:00April 12, 2007|Teach Kids About...|15 Comments

Considering that £342 million a year is spent on litter clearing and street cleaning in England it is paramount that we educate our children on the importance of reducing litter and waste from an early age. Making Your Children Aware School-age children will undoubtedly be aware of litter control through [...]

10 04, 2007

Weather Observation Chart

By |2021-05-24T08:41:04+00:00April 10, 2007|Activities|Comments Off on Weather Observation Chart

A weather observation chart can be a fantastic motivational and educational project for young children. It can also act as a springboard for the introduction of many other topics for exploration and learning all tied in with the common theme of the environment and the world around them. And, best [...]

10 04, 2007

Buying Locally Produced Food

By |2021-05-24T08:40:53+00:00April 10, 2007|Food|Comments Off on Buying Locally Produced Food

Buying locally produced food has many benefits - it helps to protect the environment by lessening the transportation of goods it supports the local economy and local producers, and it enables you and your family to eat fresher food from a known source. And for children and families, it can [...]

26 03, 2007

Natural Resources of the Earth

By |2021-05-24T08:40:58+00:00March 26, 2007|Teach Kids About...|40 Comments

The wind the tides, geothermal heat (from the disintegration of the radioactive atoms in the Earth’s core) and the sun are just some of the Earth’s amazing natural resources that we can use to power our lives - but the Earth doesn’t just provide us with fuel for electricity and [...]

26 03, 2007

Benefits of an Additive Free Diet

By |2021-05-24T08:40:53+00:00March 26, 2007|Food|Comments Off on Benefits of an Additive Free Diet

Whilst we know that additives and preservatives should be avoided as much as possible in our children's diets knowing just where – and in what guise – these dietary bad guys pop up can be a minefield. Types of Additives Where children's diets are concerned, parents tend to think mainly [...]

20 03, 2007

Renewable and Non-Renewable Sources

By |2021-05-24T08:40:59+00:00March 20, 2007|Teach Kids About...|17 Comments

As the UK strives to reach its target of deriving 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010 renewable and reusable energy is a hot topic from the classroom to parliament. However, it's all very well trying to get our kids' to be more environmentally aware and to think [...]

15 03, 2007

Fair Trade Products

By |2021-05-24T08:40:48+00:00March 15, 2007|Products & Lifestyle|1 Comment

Buying Fairtrade products for your children not only provides them with excellent quality (and mostly handmade) toys and nursery goods, but also fosters a real sense of ‘shopping with a conscience’ from an early age. Seeking out fairly traded goods doesn’t mean compromising on style,(there are some amazing fair trade [...]

13 03, 2007

Re-Usable Nappies

By |2021-05-24T08:40:48+00:00March 13, 2007|Products & Lifestyle|1 Comment

If the thought of using cloth nappies on your baby conjures up images of struggling with nappy pins wrestling with sweaty plastic pants and being surgically attached to your washing machine, think again! Far from being ‘out of the ark’ reusable nappies are very much the modern alternative to disposables. [...]

12 03, 2007

Observing Eco Systems at School

By |2021-05-24T08:41:00+00:00March 12, 2007|School|Comments Off on Observing Eco Systems at School

Ecological observations are an excellent way for students to get to know the ecosystems in their areas. Ecosystems are made up of animals and plants interacting with each other and their environments. Human beings are always a part of an ecosystem so understanding those that we live in is very [...]

12 03, 2007

Climate Change and Global Warming

By |2021-05-24T08:40:57+00:00March 12, 2007|Teach Kids About...|2 Comments

Many people consider climate change and global warming the greatest environmental challenges facing the world today. These issues affect everyone in the world but the good news is that everyone in the world can be a part of the solution if they so desire. Make sure that you do your [...]

12 03, 2007

Eco-Friendly Family Holidays

By |2021-05-24T08:40:56+00:00March 12, 2007|Travelling|Comments Off on Eco-Friendly Family Holidays

When school is out and the kids are home many parents are tempted to book the cheapest, easiest holiday possible. Unfortunately these “relaxing” holidays come with a higher price tag than just what is put on the credit card. Travel harms the environment in a number of ways, but there [...]

9 03, 2007

Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

By |2021-05-24T08:41:03+00:00March 9, 2007|Green Tips|1 Comment

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a fun family activity that results in fresh, healthy produce and little harm to the environment. This rewarding chore doesn’t require a lot of equipment, experience or expertise, nor does it even require you to own or have access to any land! As [...]

7 03, 2007

What Products can be Recycled?

By |2021-05-24T08:41:02+00:00March 7, 2007|Recycling|3 Comments

It has been estimated that UK households recycle less than 20% of their rubbish, a figure that is shockingly low compared with other European nations believed to recycle approximately 50% of their waste. This translates to millions, if not billions of tonnes of UK rubbish that could easily be avoided [...]

7 03, 2007

Biodiversity and Nature

By |2021-05-24T08:40:57+00:00March 7, 2007|Teach Kids About...|18 Comments

“Biodiversity” is a term that was coined by joining the words “biological” and “diversity”. This contraction is now routinely used to discuss the high number and wide variety of organisms in the world, including humankind. The UK is lucky enough to have rich biodiversity across its lands, but our modern [...]

7 03, 2007

Breastfeeding Rather Than Bottle Feeding

By |2021-05-24T08:40:48+00:00March 7, 2007|Products & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Breastfeeding Rather Than Bottle Feeding

The breast v bottle debate has raged since the advent of infant formula, but medical experts don’t advise that “Breast is Best” without good reason. While the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed is intensely personal, and based on a variety of different factors, the fact remains that breast milk [...]

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