PRAIRIE DOG PROJECTS

Skill-building for the whole family

School may look different this year and you may be stuck at home, but kids need to keep learning about sustainability and having fun at home. Prairie Dog Projects will help them in both of these areas while employing sustainability practices. Learning at home together can be so important, both at this time of isolation and in the long-term to support family units.

Why the Prairie Dog? 

Prairie dogs are classified as a keystone species in Manitoba, meaning that they play a key role in supporting the ecosystem. The activities below are meant to do just that – give you the tools and knowledge you need to support your family while being conscious of the environment. Let’s be resilient and take care of our planet.

Project areas

Resources and interactive projects you can do on your own or with your whole family. 

Go Green Go

Healthy and active ways of getting around

Bicycle Tune-Up

Whether you need to detach the brakes, change a tube, remove the wheel, or lube the chain, we’ve got you covered in this easy-to-follow tutorial. Keeping your bike in good shape helps keep you cycling smoothly, extend its life, and keep it out of the landfill.

Ages: Adult + great to teach to kids!

 

 

Street REDesign

Think about how the space on your street could be used differently.  Redesign a street. Get creative. Draw your perfect street!
What do you want to include?
A play structure, basketball net, garden, flowers,
trees, bike path, fountain or benches… What else?

Ages: 5+

 

Walkabout Scavenger Hunt

Walk around your neighbourhood. Think about what you see, hear, and feel. Where do you feel safe walking or biking?

Incorporate photography and art into your walk – draw pictures or photograph what you see.

Ages: 5+

Walk-ability Audit

Look at your neighbourhood with a critical eye. How does it score?

Use this checklist to assess how walkable your neighbourhood is!

Ages: 6+

GIY: Green it Yourself

Eco-friendly lifestyle at home

DIY mask making

Upcycle scrap fabric by using it to hand-sew your own reusable mask! This project requires only a few materials commonly found in most households.

Ages: 8+

 

DIY SWEATER MITTS

Upcycle a sweater you no longer wear by using it to hand-sew your own pair of mittens! This project requires only a few materials commonly found in most households.

Ages: 8+

 

DIY Low Flush Toilet

Reduce your water waste with every flush by upcycling a used container into a weighted bottle for your toilet tank! This project requires a plastic container and rocks or sand to add some weight.

Ages: 6+

 

DIY cleaning & personal products

Green your cleaning and personal care routine with these simple eco-friendly recipes! These products require only a few ingredients commonly found in most households.

Ages: 6+

 

Carbon footprint

Learn about the way our lifestyle choices can affect the environment and contribute to climate change. This activity allows you to assess your own carbon footprint and think about how this can be improved in future decisions.

Ages: 8+

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

you are what

you wear 

Check those clothing tags and do some digging to understand the impact of your fashion choices. How far did the garment travel? What materials is it made of? Is it pre-loved? Get ready to answer these questions and think about the bigger picture.

Ages: 8+

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

homemade seedpaper 

Make your own cards, bookmarks, or ornaments using homemade paper. You can add accents from your garden like dried flowers and leaves, or to make it truly magical, add seeds so that your paper can be planted in the garden.

Ages: all ages

This activity is brought to you by kidsgardening.org

Green Thumbs

Waste not, want not: the cycle of food

ice art

Make your own beautiful ice ornaments! All you need is water, fruit/seeds/flowers, and a funnel cake mould (if you don’t have one, see what we used instead), and twine/string!

Ages: 6+ (with the help of an adult)

This activity is brought to you by Random Acts of Green

container gardening

Upcycle an old container into a pot for your plants! 

Use any size container you have on hand. All you need is some paint, some soil and a drill (and an adult to help you out!)

Ages: 10+ (with the help of an adult)

Interactive food waste quiz

Test your knowledge about food waste in Canada and challenge your friends to see who can become a food waste champion! 

Ages: 7+ 

Food Saving Guide

Save more food using this handy guide. Waste less, save more, and help save the planet. 
Read the three-phase food saving guide, and get the info sheet to help you reorganize your fridge for optimum use of cool temps and space. 

Ages: 5+ 

Compost in a Jar

New to composting? Want to include the whole family? Composting is for kids too! Try building a soil-arium – a compost-in-a-jar and see how composting works right in front of your eyes.

Ages: 4+

Thanks to Tom’s of Maine for this great way to teach composting to kids! 

Build a bee house

Did you know that the bees are declared to be the most important living being on earth, and at the same time, they have joined the endangered species list?

Let’s help them making a bee house!

Ages: 8+ (with the help of an adult)

This activity is brought to you by Michigan State University

food print

In this hands-on activity, you have the opportunity to think critically about how food choices impact climate change.

Ages: 8+

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

the cycle of waste

Follow two good friends: Theria, a curious raccoon, and Larinie, a shrewd seagull, through their incredible adventure to discover waste management in the book Theria & Larinie’s Incredible Summer. To follow, try out a few (or all!) of the activities in the printable activity booklet to test your composting and recycling knowledge.

Ages: 6+

Languages (book): English, French, Anishinabe, Cree, Atikamekw, Innu, Micmac, Mohawk

Languages (activity booklet): English, French

This activity is brought to you by The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI).

Eco Play

Games and activities for the sustainable kid

MELTED CRAYON ART

Make use of those old crayons and create beautiful and colourful masterpiece! To make melted crayon art all you’ll need is crayons, a canvas, and either a blow dryer or hot glue gun.

Ages: all, with help of an adult if using a hot glue gun

This activity is brought to you by WikiHow. Video tutorial coming soon.

 

MB wildlife

colouring pages

Enjoy colouring some of Manitoba’s favourite furry creatures – the polar bear, caribou, grey owl, arctic fox and more! Colouring sheets are complete with actions that can be taken to mitigate the effects of climate change on Manitoba’s wildlife.

Ages: all

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

 

ecological handprint

A positive spin on the Carbon Footprint, this “hands-on” activity asks students to self-assess all the good things they are doing for the environment, plus identify other ways they can help!

Ages: 8+

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

Ranking climate change causes

Are transportation emissions worse than agriculture emissions? What about factory pollution? This activity challenges us to think critically about climate change causes on a local, national, and global scale.

Ages: 8+

This activity is brought to you by Climate Change Connection.

Sing-a-long

Learn about the importance of the 3 R’s with this catchy tune by Jack Johnson. 

Ages: all

This activity is brought to you by tiffinjoe.

Have an idea for a Prairie Dog Project? Tell us about it!

Have you tried a project? Let us know what you think!

What project did you do? What did you like about it? What could be done differently?