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Become an eco-hero!


Inspired by our Summer 2018 exhibits, Journey to the Sea: An S.O.S. from Our Oceans and Magic Carpet: Reenie Charriere at the PlayHouse, we want YOU to join us in helping protect the environment. Here at the PlayHouse, we moved from plastic utensils for birthday parties to reusable silverware.

What can you do to help the environment? Here are some ideas!


Here are some things you can do to help the environment. Remember that the best way to help the environment is to REDUCE – try reducing your consumption of plastics whenever possible. Next best is to reuse- reuse products when possible. And when you cannot reduce or reuse, be sure to recycle!


  • Say no to plastic straws.
  • Refill a reusable water bottle at the tap or a water fountain instead of buying bottles of water or soda.


  • Take your own reusable bags with you when you go shopping.
  • Re-use packaging as an art material! What fabulous things can you make with cardboard boxes and plastic containers?


  • Throw cardboard and plastic in the recycling bin instead of the trash.
  • Make sure NOT to throw food in the recycling bin.

AND tell all your friends to do these things, too!


There are lots of artists making amazing art about the environment! Here are a few you might want to look up, or get some inspiration from. These links can also be found on the PlayHouse website:

Andy Goldsworthy arranges leaves, rocks, and other natural elements into works of art. He often photographs them before they disappear. Go outside and look at nature. How can you rearrange things to show its beauty and make art?

Image of Andy Goldsworthy work by Iurikothe, from Flickr. Photo edited.

Tim Gaudreau spent a year photographing everything he threw away.  hat do you throw away? Can you keep track?

Marina DeBris creates “trashion” and sculpture from trash she finds on the beach. What can you make out of trash?


"Trashion" by Marina DeBris. Photo from Heal the Bay on Flickr.



Miranda Paul, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Harriet Rohmer, Heroes of the Environment, The Stories of People Who Are Helping To Protect Our Planet

Todd Parr, The Earth Book

Lauren Child, Charlie and Lola: We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers

Johanna Cole, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

David Wiesner, Flotsam


The Life of Wood Ducks: A PlayHouse Animated Short


Enjoy the water table? Curious about the Illinois River and local wildlife? Share this adorable video, by Alexis Carballido, with your children!



Additional Resources


In our research, we have come across some resources which inspire us, and may be of interest to you:

  • The Boston Children's Museum is one of the oldest children's museums in the world, so we won't begrudge them their use of our trademarked phrase, "The Power of Play." Their Power of Play resources are pretty awesome.
  • Although we believe that children should be encouraged to explore and answer their own questions, sometimes they just want an answer. Whyzz has suggestions for how to answer kids' questions in language they can understand. You can also save and track the questions your kids ask!
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum