Millions of people are preparing to flip it and flick it this weekend. It’s almost time to flip off the power for another Earth Hour event, a global movement that shines the spotlight on the issue of climate change. No matter where you live or how old or young you happen to be, anyone can participate. All you need to do is turn off the lights for one hour. Homes, neighborhoods, businesses and famous landmarks around the globe will go dark in honor of Earth Hour.
Launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the annual “holiday” is observed on the last Saturday in March. This year’s event will take place on March 29, 2014, from 8:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. local time.
Earth Hour provides the perfect opportunity to encourage children to take personal responsibility to make our world a more sustainable place and to discuss global warming and environmental issues. After all, today’s youth will grow up to be stewards of this magnificent planet and getting them off on the right foot will ensure a healthy and safe planet for generations to come.
In honor of Earth Hour, the following activities are not only educational, but entertaining and free as well. So gather up the kiddies and flip off the power and go green for an hour!
Free Earth Hour Activities for Children
- Download the free Pocoyo Activity Booklet for children. Pocoyo, the beloved children’s character, is the official Global Kids’ Ambassador for Earth Hour.
- Need some practice flipping the switch? Check out this Virtual Light Switch and get some practice in before Earth Hour starts.
- Fair warning – this online game, Lights Out, is addictive no matter how old or young you happen to be!
- How much do you know about energy? Play this Energy Efficient online game and find out!
- Play the Case of the Warming Planet online.
- Astro-Venture, from NASA, wants you to search for and design a habitable planet.
- You are in charge of 5.9 million people living and working in Energyville. Can you meet the energy needs of the city?
- Design and create your own Virtual Lantern, a “symbol of hope and support for a sustainable future.” You can download your design and/or share it on Facebook and Twitter too.
- Make this papier-mâché globe out of a balloon, newspapers, flour, paper plates, cardboard, toilet paper tube, gesso and acrylic paint.
Happy Earth Hour!