We can often find “mini” versions of almost all imaginable activities. From cultural institutions to restaurants, contents have been adapted to the interests and cognitive levels of young children.
Something similar is happening in Sustainability. Ever since 4 or 5 years ago, there has been a proliferation of materials and resources -linked to sustainable development- for boys and girls. However, in this throng, it is not always easy to find quality materials, because many doesn’t necessarily mean good. Sometimes the content is superb, but the design is boring. Other times the illustrations are very attractive, but the texts are never-ending.
Nobody said it was easy to create educational material for children, and less so focussed on the climate emergency and sustainable development. In fact, children might be the most complicated audience to please and to get their attention.
One of the most complicated challenges in our project Education and Sustainability was to create the activity books based on SDG6: clean water and sanitation, or to explain climate change to an audience in preschool and primary school. One of the keys to success was without any doubt the illustration. In this sense, we were lucky to have the help of illustrator Alba Zapata, who immediately understood the spirit of the initiative.
We have been investigating and looking for materials on sustainability for kids ever since. We leave you with some of our findings. Do you know of any other inspiring examples? Contact us!