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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is a part of Earth Day Canada's environmental education program for kids. There are Earth-related games, quizzes, activities, printable pages, and more, each broken down by topic. Kids can weigh in on issues in the "Have Your Say" section; all submitted messages are screened so no personal or inappropriate information will be posted. There's no advertising, but there are links to other kid- and earth-friendly books and Web sites.
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What's it about?
Think you know a lot about science, nature, and wildlife? ECOKIDS.CA will test your skills as well as teach you more about these subjects. Start by going to the \"Play & Learn\" section to access everything from tree planting tips to the history of water. There are coloring pages, puzzles, a downloadable calendar, and a helpful glossary. In the \"Eco-Storybook\" section, you can choose your own adventure. Kids can also participate by sending drawings to the gallery and sounding off in the \"Have Your Say\" section. Besides nature-related wallpaper and screensavers, kids can also download the free \"EcoKids Player,\" an application that pulls a daily eco fact to your computer. School and youth groups can join the EcoKids Club for free and receive access to other online features, plus a kit with project ideas.
Is it any good?
This excellent environmental site doesn't skimp on style or substance. There's a wealth of information, and it's extremely well organized. The user-friendly design and clean, colorful graphics enhance the dozens of first-rate games and activities. Kids and adults alike will be inspired reading about what students across Canada are doing to help save the environment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about things they can do to help protect the planet. What else can you recycle besides cans and bottles? What kind of light bulbs best conserves energy? Is it better to take a bath or a shower? How does planting a tree help? Families can also take a trip to an organic farm, a zoo, or a science museum to learn more about the things they read about on the site.
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