The spirit of Halloween calls for monsters and vampires, but bet you never thought you’d find these frightening creatures where you live! What may surprise you is that these October characters powering your TV and drying your laundry are sucking up your home’s energy.
Virginia Energy Sense, the state’s energy education program, has developed fun and educational resources for Virginia’s youngest monster mashers!
Here are great ideas for parents and teachers to educate families about energy conservation:
· A printable coloring book – Parents can print a coloring book full of Virginia Energy Sense’s original “Energy Monsters” for instant entertainment for young children.
· Create “Energy Monster” story – Develop your children’s creative writing skills by having them come up with a fun story about the five “energy monsters” in their coloring book. Your child can be the story’s hero by stopping the “energy monsters” in their tracks.
· A Game of Energy Sheriff – Task your youngest children with identifying areas of the home that could be more energy efficient. Here are some hints for starters:
· Lesson plans for ages 7-10 and 11-14 – These energy-focused activities for elementary and middle school students can also be a game for the whole family. With winter break and colder weather around the corner, this is a fun go-to for snowy days.
· A Home Energy Test – Families can take an online Home Energy Test to identify ways to make their home more energy efficient. The test suggests some fun DIY projects kids and grown-ups can do to save money in the long run.
To learn more about energy conservation, visit VirginiaEnergySense.org
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About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama’s Place was nominated for Parents 2011 Best All-Around Mom Blog and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.