Resource Guide for Native Plants

 

 

Native plants activity for kids

 

Native plant memory game

Create your own “memory” game using Indiana Native Plants! Cut out 24 equal-size squares (reuse a piece of paper if you can!) and draw Indiana native plants using the photos from the Lesson Plan. Remember to draw the same plant on two squares. Turn the squares over, mix them up and test your memory!

You can also print out the KIB Memory Cards and cut out the squares.

What you need:

A piece of paper and something to draw with!

Here are the steps:

  1. Draw or print out your 24 memory cards
  2. Turn all the cards face down in a grid
  3. Take turns choosing 2 cards to turn over. If you found a match, take the cards out of the grid. If you didn't find a match, turn the cards face down again, but remember where they are so you can make a match later!
  4. Play until all the cards are matched!


TODAY'S FEATURED CONTENT
 

 

RESOURCE GUIDE FOR Trash Tuesday
 

DOWNLOADS AND ACTIONS

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5 Easy Steps you can take from Quarantine

1. Break down your boxes!

2. Don't hide hazardous waste in your trash bags!

3. Put your reusable bags in you car or near the door!

4. Hold on to your heavy trash (this service is suspended during the stay at home order)!

5. Unsubscribe from catalogs you don't need!

 

REuse ACTIVITY FOR KIDS

 

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REduce and REuse Activity

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works is challenging us to reduce, reuse and recycle!  Let’s answer the challenge by finding ways to REUSE and REPURPOSE items in our homes! 

You can also print out the KIB Reuse Activity Guide, but you have to at least make a paper airplane out of it when you're finished.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Items at home that you are ready to throw away or recycle.

HERE ARE THE STEPS:

  1. Challenge yourself and/or your family to use EVERYTHING at least twice before you throw it away. For example, a salsa jar (use #1) can be washed out and used to hold water for a water color painting (use #2).
  2. Turn that trash or recyclable item into something new! This could be anything from an art project to a garden tool.
  3. Share your creative ideas on social media and tag @kibiorg!


TODAY'S FEATURED CONTENT
 

KIB President & CEO, Jeremy Kranowitz, Talks Trash with Katie Robinson, Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis

RESOURCE GUIDE FOR EARTH DAY 2020

 

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EARTH DAY 2020 ACTIVITY FOR KIDS

 

    NATURE BINGO

    This activity helps students get to know their outdoor space!  Create personalized BINGO boards containing different things that can be found on outside your home and around your neighborhood.   Take your time exploring the outdoors to fill up your new BINGO board!

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    Nature BINGO board, outdoors

    HERE ARE THE STEPS:

    1. Download or build your Nature BINGO board
    2. Go outside (following safe social distancing practices)
    3. Find the things on your BINGO board! (start by trying to get a BINGO)

    This lesson utilizes the following STEM Skills:

    Classifying and Categorizing, Exploring, Identifying Attributes and Components, Observing, Ordering and Arranging

     

    RESOURCE GUIDE FOR WATER HEALTH

     

     

    Water Health Activities for Kids

     

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    Our friends at Project WET have created a suite of free and discounted resources that educators, parents and children can use to learn about water! 

    Download several of their award-winning activities and check out a video on how to explore the properties of water with pre-school children!


     

     

    The weather in Indianapolis today is perfect for talking about water health! Put you rain gear on a walk around your block. See the water droplets gathering on the leaves of trees and plants? Look at a storm drain—is it clear? Is it clogged? The water from our streets ends up in our waterways. What creek, stream, or river is closest to your house? Do you think this water is clean?

    Take the chance to go out in the rain and observe how the water moves through our neighborhoods! You could even plant something native and gets your hands dirty!

     

    TODAY'S FEATURED CONTENT

     

    KIB's President and CEO, Jeremy Kranowitz, talks with IndyHub's Board Vice Chair, Sarah Myer, for IndyHub's "Straight Up" series.

    RESOURCE GUIDE FOR Native Trees

    (Arbor Day 2020 was Friday April 24, 2020)

     

     

    Native Tree ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

     

    POETREE! 🌳

    "PoeTREE" encourages students tap into their five senses and creativity to write a poem inspired by their natural surroundings. This activity teaches students about several forms of poetry and is a great way to mindfully immerse your students in nature. This lesson comes to us from Project Learning Tree.

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    Nature, something to write one, something to write with

    HERE ARE THE STEPS:

    1. Go outside and get inspired (following safe social distancing practices)!
    2. Choose a form of poetry to practice
    3. Write your poem(s)! Try writing more than one to get extra practice.

     

    TODAY'S FEATURED CONTENT

     

    KIB Community Arborist, Hillary Cox, gives the Tree Demo that we give at every tree planting project!

     

     

     

    Mulching 101 with KIB Community Arborist, Hillary Cox, and IUPUI Sustainability

     

    top 5 benefits for urban trees

     

    RESOURCE GUIDE FOR LItter Cleanup

     

     

    Saturday nature ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

     

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    Nature Detectives

    The Indy City Nature Challenge has officially kicked off!  In honor of this event we are sharing this great activity from the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit.
    Good detective work is important in understanding animals.  Today we will look for clues that tell us how they exist!

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    A piece of paper and something to write with.

    HERE ARE THE STEPS:

    1. Make a list of all of the different kinds of animal evidence you may see when you explore outside (animal homes, tracks, droppings, scratches, marks, half eaten plants)
    2. Go outside and explore, looking for animal evidence.  Remember to be kind to nature, not ripping anything out of the ground.
    3. Record what you find in your different categories and draw pictures of what you see. 
    4. Try to identify which animal the evidence may belong to!