FBB staff have been hard at work compiling resources that will help your entire family learn more about our fourth-quarter beneficiaries. We have found online games, books, and even put together kids’ activity sheets. Children can learn more about the natural world, geography, and environmental issues as well as understand the importance of charity as a value. You can find resources to learn more about Bat Conservation International, Apopo, and Water Ecuador below.
Landmines and war are difficult to talk about with children. Secrets in the Fire and Dear Olly are two novels involving themes of war and the harm done by landmines.
Apopo uses clicker training, which is an effective means of training pets, too. You can find out how to clicker train your pet on the ASPCA website.
University of Michigan’s Museum of Diversity runs an amazing website called Animal Diversity Web. They have information about a variety of animals, including giant pouched rats, like the ones used by Apopo, and many, many species of bats. For younger children, Bats and Rats is a phonics book comparing bats and rats—they’re both nocturnal mammals, but have many differences, too.
Water Ecuador focuses on clean water, rather than lack of fresh water. There are tons of microorganisms in drinking water, some harmless and some harmful. Children can explore the amazing life forms hidden in a simple drop of unfiltered water by watching the video referenced in this article or collecting their own sample. They can then try to identify the microorganisms using this guide.
It’s important to help protect our own domestic watersheds to ensure our own supply of freshwater. EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed program lets you find your local watershed and find ways to help.
The Waterhole by Graeme Base is a gorgeous picture book that shows animals from all over the world visiting a shrinking water hole. It is a counting book, an animal book, a geography book, and an excellent way to start a conversation with your children about the importance of fresh water.
Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau’s Make a Splash! and Going Blue educate kids and teens (respectively) about water ecosystems, environmental threats, and protecting oceans and freshwater all over the globe.