Home Energy Activities for Kids and Kids at Heart


Oregon Department of Energy brings renewable energy education to homes across the state

OREGON — During these challenging times, Oregon parents are more involved in their kid’s schooling and activities than ever. With in-person classes closed for the rest of the school year, now can be a great time to make the most of distance learning by incorporating some educational energy adventures! There’s a variety of energy efficiency learning activities on the Oregon Department of Energy website for young Oregonians to explore.

A favorite is Michelle’s Renewable Energy Adventure coloring and activity book. Available in both English and Spanish, the book offers coloring, activities, and an informative story as you follow Michelle and her family through Oregon. This book can engage all ages – even curious adults. We have several hands-on activities including instructions on how to do a home energy audit, how to make a solar oven for those afternoon snacks, and how to make a potato battery for the most uniquely renewable energy-powered clock on the block.

With Earth Day just around the corner, these activities can supplement any at-home curriculum about renewable energy, climate change, and living a sustainable life. These are also great at-home quarantine activities for the kid inside all of us.

That’s just some of the fun – visit the ODOE website to see what fits best for your family and students. Are you an educator looking for other information for your energy curriculum? Please contact AskEnergy@oregon.gov  – ODOE can help.

About Author

Erica is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Oregon Department of Energy, which is leading Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.

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