I am always looking for ways to help my children become more aware of their surrounds and more responsible. I think they are finally old enough to understand the importance of turning off water or the light when they leave the room and with the help of the Jimmy’s Green Challenge Starter Kit, that we were able to try out, I think we were able to really help them get the idea.
“If you ask Jimmy, every day is Earth Day. His rhyming picture book encourages kids as young as 6-years-old to think about living “green” from the moment they brush their teeth in the morning to when mom turns off the bedroom lights at night. The book Jimmy’s Gone Green is part of a new conservation kit that also includes a poster, green wristbands and a refrigerator magnet. The award-winning book features a green boy who happily shares ten simple steps for kids to improve the environment, starting today.”
I am a firm believer that you can teach almost every lesson you need with a good story or book. Jimmy’s Green Challenge Starter Kit includes just that. It took a few times reading it to my kiddos for it really sink in, but they started to take the ideas to heart. The kids were excited that we already were doing some of the steps, such as recycling. But we all knew we needed help in the spending less time in the shower department, so we made that our goal to work on.
How To Take Less Than a 5 Minute Shower and Save Water
One of the steps is to take less than a 5 minute Shower. When we first tried this, we used a timer and I let the kiddos go for it. Telling them to take a fast shower. It did not take long for them to start day dreaming and forget all about the timer. FAIL!
Then we tried it again the next time with me reminding them as every minute passed. “5 minutes left, 4 minute left, etc.” My eight year old son did pretty good, but my six year old daughter who does not like to be rushed was quite upset about speeding through everything. SLIGHTLY SUCCESSFUL!
But then I remembered my scouting days and one of my Professor’s telling me that when she visited Sea Base (a BSA High Adventure Base Camp in Florida), that she had to take 3 minutes or less showers and she shared her secrets on how to do it fast. I always thought it was great idea, especially for camping, and thought my kiddos would appreciate it. Especially my “don’t rush me” daughter. SUCCESS
The Easiest Way to Take a Fast Shower for Children
So this can be used by everyone. My kiddos wanted to show how they are now able to take quick showers in as little as 3 Steps under 5 minutes, but they chose closer to 5. If they had combined steps 2 and 4, they would have been able to get it down to 3 steps total! Between each step they turned off the water and made sure they were ready to rinse off and went as quick as possible when the water was turned back on. (FYI: Swimsuits were worn on both kiddos for these pictures.)
My son ended up with a shower after 1 min ute and 45 minutes and my daughter,because she had to do conditioner received, 3 minutes and 25 seconds, but both were under 5 minutes. This was a lot of fun for them and a great idea to help them find ways to conserve and more aware of their shower habits.
They have also been having fun with the wrist bands and remembering when they need to switch wrists. Overall, I’m excited to have the book and the challenge as party of our book collection to help encourage and remind my kiddos how they can save a little more energy and resources.