Sustainability Challenges for Kids


Sustainability Challenges for Kids is all about taking the important concept of sustainability and making it easy to understand and fun to learn about. Sustainability can mean making smart choices about the food we eat, being conscientious of the energy we use, treating everyone equally, making sure that gender and racial equity is achieved, and so much more. All of the activities are based around making choices that help people, communities, and environments, be healthy now and in the future. 

Every week, new creative activities and resources based on one of the 17 Good Life Goals will be released so that families can learn how sustainability is relevant to their everyday life. Activities will cover daily challenges, scavenger hunts in your community, and a do-it-yourself experience where you will imagine and create your own sustainable city at home. 

We will collect all the activities on this blog entry, so be sure to check back for new updates on a weekly basis.


Good Life Goals Social Media Challenges

All our challenges are based on the Good Life Goals—a child friendly version of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These SDGs have been agreed to by 195 countries as they try to create a more sustainable and better world, not just in regards to the planet, but for the people who live on it, now and in the future. The Good Life Goals take these large scope SDGs and make them more actionable and relevant for children to be able to live a healthy life. (#GoodLifeGoals)

Challenge 1: Help End Poverty

It feels good to help others! Donating things is a great way to practice sharing and help others during this especially hard time. You can share food, books, toys, or even something as simple as spreading kindness. Look for a donation box in your neighborhood, or if there isn’t one there, take the initiative and make one! Check out this article about someone who started a donation box in their community for inspiration.

Looking for more ways to help end poverty? Download the full list of personal actions that that you can take from the #GoodLifeGoals guide.

Free Food Box helps those in need in Anderson’s westside (article)


Challenge 2: Eat Better

Colorful fruits and veggies are healthy (and delicious!). Let’s eat a rainbow of colors! How many colors can you eat? What vitamins/minerals are in them? Check out this great resource on how each color of the food rainbow can help support healthier lives!

Eat A Rainbow Every Day! From KSPS Public TV (article)

Looking for more ways to eat better? Download the full list of personal actions that that you can take from the #GoodLifeGoals guide.


Challenge 3: Stay Well

Being healthy also means staying active. During these times of distance learning make sure to allow your child plenty of quick breaks to reset their brains in between all the screens and sitting. It’s important for their mental and physical health, and can even help them focus better! Check out this list of 50 fun brain breaks created by teachers, featuring fun ideas like dance videos, silly movement-based games, and even some calm mindfulness activities!

50 Educational Brain Breaks (article)

Looking for more ways to stay well? Download the full list of personal actions that that you can take from the #GoodLifeGoals guide.


Challenge 4: Learn and Teach coming the week of September 21st.



The Good Life Goals icons by Futerra Sustainability Communications Ltd and 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0.

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This work is part of the Sustainable Futures Project from the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network. The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums program is supported through funding from The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.

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