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Fun 'Green' Eco-Games To Help Children Learn About The Environment

Updated on April 23, 2013

Are your children thinking 'green'?

Well, there is no time like the present to consciously keep a tab on what is happening in your immediate environment, country and the earth as a whole. Even the most unconcerned person will realize that there is generally something dreadfully wrong with how the world treats it's environment. Children are naturally fascinated with weird bugs, magnificent cats, enormous mammals, plants that eat insects, rushing waterfalls, mud pits, erupting volcanoes and the list goes on infinitely. If they understand more of how ecosystems are being negatively affected by human practices, they will practice the right things and even become strong activists. Here are a few games that can foster such an understanding and appreciation for the earth.

Image by Andresr
Image by Andresr

Let's Save Our Earth is a non-competitive but collaborative team game. The object of the game is to obtain more trees on the journey to the finish. Trees are obtained upon answering questions correctly, and children can learn what is right and good for the environment through a set of friendly and powerful Eco-Angels. On the otherhand, the Schmutzies are the complete opposite - they are ugly and treat the environment badly. Losing turns or having to go backwards in spaces can be as a result on landing on a Schmutzie spot or answering incorrectly.

Courtesy of Earthlink.net
Courtesy of Earthlink.net

Earthopoly is a game that was invented by Late For The Sky from the prototype of Monopoly, with the aim of this game being to protect the environment by buying properties, collecting carbon credits and exchanging them for clean air. It is quite a powerful approach that can encourage children to see how wealth can be practically used to protect the earth. Even the very material that is used to make this game is eco-friendly ~

  • all the paper is recycled
  • The ink is vegetable oil-based ink.
  • The game pieces are made from recycled material and natural materal.
  • the outer wrapping is made from Earthfirst PLA film which is a bio-plastic.

Late For Sky has produced a HUGE variety of board games similar to Earthopoly such as Garden-Opoly, Ocean-Opoly as Bug-Opoly.

Bioviva The Thrilling Voyage into the heart of Nature Board Game is an adventure game for children from ages 8 and up. Explore the world and unravel the awesome story of the earth! Travel strategically to particular locations and answer questions about Nature and the Environment. When you answer correctly, you will be awarded with an eco-point and the privilege to draw an eco-card. The aim of the game is to reach the objective printed on the Destination Card drawn at the start of the game.

Cooperative Game of Consultation Decision Making and Natural Selection is a friendly game invented by Family Pastimes for children from about 4 years old. The aim is to save the Little Creatures and get them safely home before Max the Tomcat gets them! The special dice have black or green on each face. The black face will move Max, and the green face will move the Little Creatures. Children can understand what it means for creatures to survive, and work together in making the best decisions to save them.

Eco Dome is a simulation kit that can help a child (in fact a person of any age) to understand the growth of an ecosystem. A child can understand exactly what global warming is, as this kit makes it possible to monitor and control the weather. You can create storms and even grow food using the thermal turbines. Watch the water cycle in action, and see the life cycle of plants. This kit is absolutely fun and educational.

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 

      8 years ago from USA

      Yeh, and just to think that these are just some of a number of good games. Children have enormous learning capacity, and that should be tapped into. Thank you chirls :)

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      chirls 

      8 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      You've listed some really interesting games here. I agree that it's a great idea to get kids engaged with environmental issues at an early age. Thanks!

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