Have a green Family Day

Family Day, Monday, Feb. 18, is fast approaching and this long weekend, there’s no better time to get your family involved in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. We’ve put together some fun, family-oriented activities inspired by the great work completed by our CEDC classes. 

1) One hour, no power

Take a page from the grade fives at Immaculate Conception Elementary in Delta, B.C., and switch off your lights, TVs and anything else for one hour. One student suggests playing board games instead!

 2) “Post it”-inspired crafts

Why not get a little crafty this weekend and make an energy-saving poster or other creation using only recycled materials? Miss Barker’s grade 5/6 class at Point Leamington Academy in Point Leamington, N.L., had the right idea reusing scrap paper, plastic cups and egg cartons (see above photo for inspiration). Foxcroft’s Eager Energy Savers from Huntsville, Ont., made flowers using recycled cereal boxes and coffee cups. After you’re through, display your family’s crafts around the house for guests to see!

3) Leaving town?

If you plan to visit family out of town, get the whole household involved in planning the most energy efficient route to get to your destination. Here are some guidelines to help get you started.

4) Plan a ghost hunt

Split up into groups and assign each a room of the house to “investigate”. Family members should be looking for sources of phantom power, energy drawn form appliances and electronics that are still plugged in when not in use. The Rockin’ Raiders at Ridgevalley in Crooked Creek, Alta., drew maps of their grounds before setting out on the hunt.

We’d love to see the energy-saving fun your family had this weekend! Share your photos on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClassroomEnergyDietChallenge, or on Twitter, @CanGeoEDC.