Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jimmy's Green Challenge

Disclosure: I was sent a starter kit to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



Jimmy's Green Challenge is a great new way to help kids get in the know about everyday things they can do to help protect the environment (starting today). It is a kit that comes with an award-winning book, Jimmy's Gone Green, four wristbands, a poster, and  a refrigerator magnet.

I am a firm believer that when you teach the little ones such things are important, they embrace that and will do them all throughout the rest of their lives. Teaching environmental responsibility is huge in my book, and I love that Jimmy's Green Challenge offers ten easy lessons that are both experiential (hands-on) and intellectual (by book).

Starter Kit Available at Amazon
Includes Book, (4) Wristbands, Poster & Magnet

In addition to the picture book, which is filled with ten easy-to-follow steps to help children start doing their part now, the starter kit also comes with a cute refrigerator magnet of Jimmy (an easy reminder for the kids because you know they're going in the 'fridge), a poster, and four wristbands.

Little man started T-Ball last week, and you can see his wristband here
(on the right side, woohoo!) when we went to shop for mitts.
The object of the wristbands is simple. When children are doing the right things, like turning off the light when they leave a room or turning off the water while they brush their teeth (and the book tells them how extraordinary it is for them to do such things) they get to keep the wristband on one wrist (we chose the right side).

On the 'oops' side.
A gentle reminder that he left the water running a little bit after he washed his hands.
When they forget to do things like turning off a light, or in my son's case, forgetting to turn the water all the way off after he washed his hands at the store restroom, the wristband goes to the other side (the left wrist in our case) as a gentle reminder. The goal is to go three days without having to remove the wristband from the 'woohoo, I got it!' side.

When we got to Day 3 of not moving the wristband (the goal), we celebrated with ice cream at the park.
Ice cream of course, is optional. ;)
When we got to three days, I took my son to the park for a special treat. Our first outside ice cream of the year!! Not a bad way at all to celebrate my little one going green with Jimmy's Green Challenge.

The pages on the left side of the book offer an age-appropriate way
for children to do their part.

The right side of the book offers a reason why the tip is important,
and is accompanied by a picture.
So between the book with its easy-to-understand lessons, and the reiteration of the hands-on wristband type of learning, it's easy to help children understand the kinds of things they can do to help protect the environment. I love the concept, and I think it is great to do at home, and I think it would be great to do in a classroom setting (extra wristbands are available).

Recommended for ages 6+.

You can learn more about Jimmy's Green Challenge by visiting the website.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.

99 comments:

Rambling Momma said...

this is incredible, I'm going to check it out. xo

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I was waiting for the mitt to be part of a game of throw the rubbish in the bin lol. Great sounding book though :) x

Masshole Mommy said...

I have been working on getting my kids to be more green, but they don't always listen. This might be helpful and get my kids to actually listen and do it.

MikiHope said...

I have no children but agree that teaching them early is probably the best way to keep them at it the rest of their lives!

Pat Hatt said...

That is a fun way to get them to go more green. Although shame on me, I would fail as I leave the water on as I brush my teeth lol

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

I know a good way to get a kid to take a five minute shower. Tell him if he hustles, he can have the iPad for a few minutes before he goes to bed. Disclaimer - his head will still smell like the outdoors ;-)

Dan from Platter Talk said...

Wonderful idea to help keep kids aware of their environment. My kids would love this type of activity.

Louida Martin said...

Looks like a great book! I must admit, my whole family and I needs to work on being more green.

Brian Miller said...

i hope the t-ball season goes well for you...we had our first game this week...its a whole different world when they are pitching to each other as well...a bit scary at times...ha....and i am def all for educating kids on the environment....

Sandee said...

This is very important to parents to teach their children how to care for mother earth. Excellent.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Theresa Mahoney said...

I also believe in getting them started young. What we learn early really does stick with us for a lifetime. I like the idea of having a gentle reminder bracelet to encourage these habits!

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

I need to do a lot of work with my kids...for anything.
This seems, to be interesting.
Thanks for sharing xx

Kristi Maloney said...

I think switching wrists with bracelet is such a cute idea. I agree, when you instill these values at a young age, they will last a lifetime!

carol l mckenna said...

Adorable little man and learning great habits ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol, (A Creative Harbor)

ps. slowly recovering

Tara Leinen said...

My kids are getting to the age now where they need to learn these things and that book seems like a perfect tool to help teach them to be "green", Thanks for sharing!

-Tara
www.pookasfamily.com

Kung Phoo said...

This is a new campaign to me.. i am going to look into it.

tara pittman said...

This looks like a good book to teach kids about taking care of the earth

Jacquelineand.... said...

This is a fabulous idea! I don't have any littles in the family but I do have little neighbours and this would make a great birthday gift!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

What a great book. I think we need to teach all of our kids the importance of taking care of our planet.

Lyne A said...

That is so cool! My little ones would probably enjoy this!

Annemarie Leblanc said...

It's always good to teach you children these types of things while they're young.

Aimee Smith said...

This book looks too cute. WHat a great way to encourage all ages to be better!

Hanan said...

What a great way to teach little ones about being green. The shower one is one I still struggle with =P

Scott said...

We've tried to instill green concepts with our kids, hopefully it will stick with them!

Felicia Franceschelli said...

Sounds like a green book! Anything that promotes "going green" is very beneficial in my eyes.

alissa apel said...

Can I teach my husband the one that says, "When you leave a room turn the lights off."?

Such a great message to kids.

Elephant's Child said...

What a brilliant idea. Early habits stick.

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea. I do have to say my youngest is good about being green because he was brought up with it. My teenager is the one that needs lessons.

Lady Lilith said...

Looks like a great idea. Children should be more green if they can.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a smart way to teach kids. Giving your son ice cream was a bonus!

Blue Grumpster said...

Water? I thought you said champagne...

Blue Grumpster said...

Sounds like a fun plan. I would stick to the program if I were awarded with some ice-cream.... or a cake.

Melissa said...

What a great way to help kids learn how to be more green and have fun while doing it.

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

I love this challenge what a great find!
He is way to cute. Learning early makes a difference he is an ace

Pam said...

I like the wristband idea! What a great way for kids to learn about being more green.

Susan Kane said...

What an awesome idea. I have 2 gr-daughters who would benefit from this!

becca said...

Okay that has to be one of the coolest books. I love books that teacher kids important things.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

My boys used to be so amazing at conserving energy. They have really been lacking lately. I think they need to read this book and get a good reminder.

~ Noelle said...

what a great book!
thanks for sharing - this would be great to work with broxton on ;)

Lawna Noe said...

I love the concept! This would be perfect for my two little ones!

Lisa said...

What A Great Idea I Try Teaching The Kids All The Time To Be Green!!

Liz Mays said...

I like that concrete reminder in the bracelet. And yay that he did well enough to get some ice cream!

Debra Rutt said...

What a great way to teach kids about being Green. I'll have to check this out for my own two kidlets.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What great tools to teach kids about being environmentally aware. I feel like I'm saying the same things over and over! But, mine are really good about recycling.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Sounds like a great way to teach kids

Jenni said...

That is really cool! I love new things like this that helps teach kids about green living and recycling. Sometimes getting on a kids' level with tools like that makes it more interesting.

Grace Matthews said...

This is neat. What a great way to get kids involved

Sandra McCollum said...

You can make green fun for kids and teach great lessons at the same time.

Ai Sakura said...

I like a kit with a green theme like this! Have a happy weekend with your family :)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Colette S said...

I love this book already!
Hope I can find it to share with the kids!

Fam Guide said...

This is such a great tool for kids. Thanks for sharing!

Binky said...

Sounds like a well thought out way to teach kids. They need to have one for adults, too.

Sippy Cup Mom said...

This book looks fantastic! I'm definitely going to get this for my son.

valmg said...

Terrific book! It's never too early to start teaching our children about the earth.

valmg said...

What a great idea for a book! I love the interactive things that come with it, they'll really help reinforce the lesson. - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

Chelsea Olivia said...

Looks like a great book to learn from. It's great that you are teaching your son to be environmentally conscious!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

My kids are much more keen on being green than I am, but we do it as a family

A Helicopter Mom said...

That's a fun little challenge. :) My kids' school is really pro-active about teaching and reinforcing green habits, which is awesome.

Denise Gabbard said...

What an awesome way to remind kids to develop good habits!

Fabulous Perks said...

This is a great idea to help keep kids aware of their environment. I'm looking forward to teaching my little one.

Mistee Dawn said...

What a great book. I think my daughter would enjoy it and it teaches a great lesson.

mail4rosey said...

Glad to hear you're recovering!! Hope you're back to 100% soon.

mail4rosey said...

Good luck with your season over there too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ha! I know that routine. :)

mail4rosey said...

I think there's a reason it's geared towards the little ones, hahahaa. And you made me laugh. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This is so awesome! I love the idea, and so would my boys.

Tiffany Cruz said...

I need that book for my children. I like that there is a book to better help kids understand being green.

Keikilani Jackson said...

This is a great book. What a way to teach kids the importance of being green.

Tracey said...

What a great resource to teach kids the importance of being green. Awesome book!

JT and Amanda said...

This sounds like a great book for helping kids learn what they can do to Help the environment. Thanks for sharing!

Lala H said...

oh this is wonderful! im al about conserving and going green and kit would be awesome in teaching my kids to do the same!

Delightful Ideas

Christina Shirley said...

This is a really neat idea! I don't know if my son would get it yet, but I really do love the concept.

Dina said...

Sounds like a great book for kids. I know my son needs to work on turning off lights!

Maddi'sMommy said...

What an interesting concept for teaching kids about living a happy, green lifestyle. I like that they're manageable things like turning off the lights.

Kisa Johnson said...

I'm thinking this sort of thing would be helpful for my forgetful son, if he would manage not to lose the bracelet. @_@

Christy Maurer said...

Such a great idea! This would be a great school project too!

Pam said...

This is a cute, creative and fun way for kids to learn the ins and out of going green. I love your little one's baseball glove. It is so cute.

Melanie Burbage said...

What a great idea to get the kids inspired to be more green friendly! Very creative and cute

Henrietta said...

I love how this book is geared towards younger kids and it plainly and simply states what you should do. the reward system is also a nice way to encourage good earth-friendly habits!

Marni Mutrux said...

I like this concept. It's so great to start educating kids young about taking care of our Planet.

Christie C said...

Love the idea of this book! It's so important to take care of our Earth!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I might have to get my Hubs one of those wristbands. He is horrible when it comes to turning out lights.

Toni Patton said...

I love this! What a great way to get kids to be more "green"

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

Start them young so that they can learn too! Amber N

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy said...

Such a cute book! I love the picture of him with the ice cream!

Marielle Altenor said...

The little man is too cute!! =) Knowing my son, he would be totally into this! They thought him about recycling at school and now always talks about "saving the planet" lol He likes helping me sort of the recycle bin. I love the green wristband idea a lot!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I agree with you, teaching the little guys these lessons early on helps them to value following through with them too.

TerinAleah said...

This is a wonderful idea! I think my kids are pretty Eco-concious (is that word? ha!) but it's great to teach them young!!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

We are all trying to be more green everyday in this house. We are learning. :)

Payal Bansal said...

Amazing review... going to check it out soon

Debi Gerhart said...

I love anything that helps kids be more green.

Joanna Sormunen said...

Great way to teach kids to be greener and I love the pics of your son :)

Courtney Pies said...

I love that Jimmy's Green Challenge teaches kids how to be more green! That is so important!

StacieinAtlanta said...

What a really cool idea. My son is very interested in being a greener family and this might be perfect for him.

Krystal Butherus said...

That is a very adorable idea. It is important to teach our children the benefits of going green!

Savory Experiments said...

What a great book idea! I love teaching through stories.

Marina@EBMR said...

Sounds like a great book. Will have to look out for this one for the kiddos

Tatanisha Worthey said...

I definitely agree with you about teaching them young- and they will embrace what you teach them. I will have to check out this book since I'm always looking for teachable moments for my kids.

Alyssa Collazo said...

Sounds like a GREAT book and adorable idea!