The Propane Education & Research Council is sharing an interactive online activity center for parents and caretakers of preschool and young school children.
The site, PropaneKids.com, includes games, activities, and even science experiments for children that are designed to reinforce the importance of propane safety and education.
“Millions of school age children have been thrust into a remote learning environment this spring, and many parents are left to their own devices to find engaging, fun ways to keep children learning while they are at home,” said Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of PERC, a national nonprofit organization. “We wanted to do our part to help provide a fun, free learning center for young children, and we think parents are going to really like what PropaneKids.com has to offer.”
At PropaneKids.com, parents, caregivers, and their children can explore a virtual farm or create their own, play games like farm bingo and spot-the-difference, color digital coloring pages, and conduct fun science experiments.
Americans living on acreages and farms away from the city center are already familiar with propane in use on their land. Propane is used in nearly 12 million U.S. households for home heating, water heating, clothes drying, and cooking.
Nearly 40% of farms in America rely on propane in their farming and ranching operations to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops. Propane is largely a domestic fuel, too, as more than 90% of the U.S. propane supplies are produced in the United States.
Other educational resources for farm families:
- The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has activities to supplement student learning.
- The National Corn Growers Association and Nourish the Future has designed virtual resources. The curriculum covers topics like biotechnology, energy and ethanol, plant anatomy and growth stages, soil science and sustainability and clean water. There are also virtual field trips.
- The National Institute of Agriculture has an agriculture education toolkit to help enhance agricultural education.
- The American Farm Bureau Foundation has downloadable activities and lesson plans about agriculture.