If you’re ever looking for an excellent tool to teach your kids how to save water and electricity, then bookmark this site (or better yet, download the free ebook), Ruby and the Powerpals.
Ruby and the Powerpals are a cool bunch who might be more likely to teach kids the value of electricity and what good power-savings habits to adopt effectively (and probably better than I can). It’s not to say that my “Max, switch off the lights”, or “Max, don’t leave the water running” fall on my son’s deaf eyes, but sometimes when messages and stories come from entertaining stories brought to life, and awesome characters, then the message resonates and lives on more significantly.
In one free downloadable storybook with four chapters that have pictures and verse, Ruby, a sweet little redhead girl, learns about ways to save electricity by engaging with animated appliances in her home. The stories take place in different situations, and each story reveals an simple way to save electricity.
Ruby and her appliance friends (Laaitie the Lightswitch, Hottie the Hot Tap, Freddie the Fridge and TiniRimote, the TV remote), teach children the importance of:
- Switching off lights when not needed
- Using hot water sparingly by not overfilling the bath, and having a shower instead of a bath
- Closing the fridge door to keep the cold air in
- Switching off the TV at the button on the TV itself and not leaving it on standby
After reading my son the story “Freddie and the Fridge”, the next day, instead of opening the fridge, standing in front of it and mulling over what he wanted to eat, he simply grabbed a peach and swiftly closed the door, so that “Freddie the Fridge could live for longer”. (Sidenote: thanks Ruby for doing what I wasn’t able to do).
I think the stories are suitable for preschoolers who can enjoy reading them with their parents, along with schoolgoing kids who can read themselves, and not miss the messaging.
The Ruby stories are free, and they’re powerful stories (see what I did there?), and I think your kids will love them, and learn from them.