Aha! Empathy - Environmental Green Projects
Some divers are deep in the ocean when they hear a loud crash on the surface on the water. They make their way to the surface in a submarine to find that a garbage boat and an oil boat have collided, resulting in a large oil and garbage spill. They see a group of puffins in distress, so they morph into puffins to be able to understand them better and learn what is bothering them. They rescue the puffins and clean them up before releasing them back into the ocean. This story helps teach young ones about how important it is to stop and check on others when you can see they are in distress, and then to help them get to a better place if you can. This text also emphasizes that after you have helped someone, it is important to make changes that could prevent another person from experiencing that situation in the future. The project involves creating an oil spill in a small dish and trying to clean the oil gunk off of feathers. Another project involves creating a garbage grabber to pick up and sort recyclable garbage into three different categories. Includes the materials needed for the projects. The book is 28 pages, pb.
Explore the ocean under threats and demonstrate empathy in action! This award-winning play kit contains an ocean pollution storybook, an oil-spill experiment, and several ocean cleanup projects. Through tactile explorations, kids see and react to real-life problems where they learn to take perspectives, feel others’ feelings, develop empathy, and become a change-maker for our planet.
Each of these kits feature a storybook, a project to build, and one or more games to play with the project built. Each set focuses on a different aspect of social-emotional awareness. These kits can be helpful for teaching young ones about emotions, how to express them, how to act on them, and how to help yourself and others with them. Read the book together with your little(s) first to learn about the focused topic, and then progress to the project and game to reinforce what has been learned and observed. The games for each kit are for 1-2 players. ~ Brianna