Big Energy Saving Week 2022 – get children involved!

Big Energy Saving Week runs from 17th to 23rd January 2022. Here we share some fun ways you can teach your child about the importance of saving energy and what they can do to help. By saving energy they are looking after our planet and also lowering your household bills.

What is energy?

You could kick off Big energy Saving Week 2022 by drawing your child’s attention to the ingenuity behind energy production. This may help them to appreciate the energy we all take for granted and to be more committed to saving it.

You might share books about how renewable energy is produced, such as:

Renewable Energy Sources – Wind, Solar and Hydro Energy Edition by Baby Professor

How Does it Work? Solar Energy by Baby IQ Builder Books

Wind, Rain, Hydro and Renewable Energy by Baby IQ Builder Books

Renewable Energy Sources – Wind, Solar and Hydro Energy Revised Edition by Baby Professor

If you type ‘how energy is made’ into YouTube you will find a wealth of free films on everything from nuclear power to how energy reaches our homes. Always watch films all the way through yourself before sharing them with your child.

On E.ON’s Energise Anything website you will find lots of activities you can do with children aged 5-18. They can even make their very own lightning storm!

Life without electricity

Show your child how much we rely on power by turning off electronic devices for a couple of hours (or a day if they would really like a challenge).

Ask your child to help you carry out household jobs by hand instead of using the washing machine or dishwasher. This helps them to appreciate how much we rely on energy and they may think twice before putting clothes they have worn just once into the washing basket.

Your child could watch A day in the life of a regency servant from BBC Teach shows which shows what life was like for people before electricity.

Save energy in the house

Each day you could play a game where your child races around the house turning off lights in empty rooms and devices nobody is using. It is important not to leave machines on ‘standby’ as it is a potential fire hazard.

You could turn this race into a family competition to see who can turn off the most unused equipment. If you have a smart meter at home, you could use this to show your child how their efforts are really saving energy.

For an overview of how saving energy protects the environment and what we can all do to help, we recommend watching Protecting our environment by conserving energy from BBC Teach.

Go outside

Playing games outside in the garden or in the park is a great way to save power in the house. Show children how they can warm up outside by running around or cool down in hot weather by sitting in the shade and enjoying the breeze rather than switching on a fan.

Stuck for games to play outside? Read our blog post 10 equipment free outdoor games for ideas.

Save water

A major part of saving energy is using less water. To find out why it is vital to save water you could read Why we should all be saving water from the Energy Trust. Water is a scarce resource and supply in the UK is already struggling to meet demand. People often think our rainy climate means water supply here is not a problem, but this is far from the case.

There is plenty we can do at home to save water. Showers are the biggest water users in the home, and we also use lots of energy heating them up.

You could turn water saving into a game for your child by keeping a tally. Each time your child saves water they could give themselves a point on the tally.

Here are some easy, water-saving ideas:

  • Take showers instead of baths and keep showers short.
  • When brushing your teeth turn off the tap.
  • Use cold water instead of warm water when possible. According to Unicef cold water and warm water are equally effective at killing viruses such as Covid-19 as long as you wash your hands for 20 seconds, use soap and dry your hands completely afterwards.
  • Only use washing machines and dishwashers when they are full.

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Getting involved in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch runs from 29th-31st January. To get involved, you need to choose one of those days to spend one hour counting and identifying the birds in your garden. The data you collect enables the RSBP to create a snapshot of bird numbers to monitor which birds are thriving and which are not.

Getting involved can be a great January mood booster for the whole family. Children will learn to identify birds and it might spark a lifelong interest in caring for nature and the environment.

Getting involved in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Visit the RSPB website and sign up to receive details and a free bird guide.

It’s a good idea to invest in some children’s binoculars if you haven’t got any  – they cost very little online.

Bird-themed arts and crafts

Feed children’s enthusiasm for birds with these easy ideas:

Bird cake

Attract more birds to your garden before the Big Garden Birdwatch (or any time of the year) with the RSPB’s bird cake recipe.  This is not a project for children with nut allergies and all children need to be reminded that bird cake is not safe for them to eat.


Follow the RSPB’s instructions to make a birdfeeder from recycled materials.

Bird bath

You could make your own bird bath from terracotta pots and paint it with children. There are plenty of instructions online.


Find out what birds visit your garden when you’re not there by setting up a Birdcam. Birdcams cost £40 upwards.

Photography and painting

Encourage children to take photographs of garden birds. They could print a photograph of their favourite bird to paint or draw with water colour paints, crayons or chalks.

Edible birds’ nests

After spending an hour outside bird spotting, enjoy a hot chocolate and an edible bird’s nest together!

Birds nests are made by mixing melted chocolate with shredded wheat and allowing them to set (see Art and Soul’s delicious recipe). Once nests are set, place some mini eggs in the centre. Be aware that mini eggs are a choking hazard for young children, so cut them in half (as you would with grapes).

Feather art

All you need are scraps of fabric (old clothes and bed linen will do), some craft wire and tape or glue to create your own feather art. Children’s imaginations are the limit.

For more bird-themed art ideas visit Danielle’s Place.

Decorate eggs

Here are some different ways to decorate eggs. These crafts are suitable for children of all ages.

Collage owl

Create a collage owl by sticking shapes cut from old newspapers and magazines onto a sheet of black or dark blue card.

Cut a light sheet of newspaper (with little print) in the shape of a body, a darker (more densely printed) head shaped piece, followed by black circles for the eyes, dark print for the claws and an orange/yellow print beak.

To get an idea type ‘owl newspaper collage’ into Google Images. You can use an owl template as a basis for the shapes – also printable from Google Images (‘owl template’).

Out and About

RSPB Reserves

To find an RSPB reserve near you visit the RSPB’s website. As well as seeing stunning wildlife spectacles and learning about conservation, children can enjoy activities such as pond dipping, nest box building and face painting in the school holidays.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

For a nearby wetlands centre see the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Children will have the chance to go inside bird hides and see rare species such as kingfishers in their natural wetland habitat.  Some centres have tropical houses full of colourful and exotic species of plants and animals.  There are wet play areas where children can have fun splashing, stomping and wading through the water.

The Raptor Foundation

Based in Cambridgeshire, the Raptor Foundation provides 24 hour care and rehabilitation for injured raptors. Children will experience the thrill of owls and other birds of prey flying closely over their heads –  it’s an amazing experience. 

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