It’s important for children to get in the habit of being environmentally conscious, which can be tough sometimes without simple explanations that they can understand. To help kids learn good green habits, designer Anastasia Bondarenko has created Eco Monsters. A set of adorable little creatures, they teach kids more about energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, and the importance of fresh air!
Many eco-education toys are available for kids, ranging from labs like the National Geographic Sustainable Earth Lab to kits like the Nature-Watch Hydropower Renewable Energy Kit. These are great for teaching older kids the science of ecology, but for younger kids the process can still be confusing. This is where Eco Monsters can help!
Not only are they adorable little monsters, like the characters from Monsters, Inc., but they are also specially designed to create green habits in kids. There are 4 different toys, each to teach a different good habit.
The little pink monster is designed to teach kids about air quality. Fresh air is important for health and wellness, and also for moderating temperatures in the home (depending on the weather) without using power. It is also an opportunity to teach kids about wind energy.
When there is not enough fresh air, the pink monster makes a sucking noise like he is trying to get a fresh breath. This alerts kids to open a window for a few minutes so that they can get fresh air and the monster can “catch his breath”.
The yellow monster teaches kids about power usage and electricity. Coupled with a kid-safe cover to place over a power outlet in your home, kids can “plug in” the monster once they begin an electrical-energy consuming activity, like watching TV. After a set amount of time, the monster will begin wiggling to let them know they’ve used up their allotted energy.
The green monster helps kids know what items can be recycled. Kids can hold up an item like a juice box for the green monster to scan its barcode. If it is recyclable, he will open his mouth and kids can “feed” him the recyclable item. He will dispose of it into a handy trash bag that parents can remove/replace.
The blue monster teaches water conservation. He is attached to the bath or shower wall, and filled with a specified amount of water. When the water runs out, kids know how much water they’ve used and they should turn off the bath or shower.
The monsters are connected with an app that tells their story to further draw kids into the eco learning process. The monsters must team up to save Earth, somewhat like the old kid’s show Captain Planet. Each time a child uses the monsters to learn about being green, they reach a new accomplishment level of restoring Earth to health. Parents can use the app to set limits for the different monsters’ functions and give awards to the kids so they can continue the monsters’ storyline on the app.
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