The Story of Stuff, in Short Snippets to Hold Kids’ Attention

If you’ve never seen the Story of Stuff, I sincerely recommend you take a look at it today. It’s a short film that tells — well — the story of stuff. Where it comes from, how it’s made (poorly, on purpose), and where it goes when it is no longer useful. As much as I love the story, I “get” it because I’m an adult capable of careful contemplation about the facts presented. However, I don’t expect my 5-year-old to watch it and get much from it. Until now.

Annie Leonard, an environmental activist and the maker of the Story of Stuff, has teamed up with PBS Kids to deliver the same message in a way kids can grasp. LOOP SCOOPS is a series of eight short animated videos that tell the story of an everyday object, from a glass of orange juice, to a magazine, pet frog and handheld video game. They are aimed at kids ages 6-9, but I am positive kids outside that age range still will benefit from them. The series launches today at the PBS Kids site, and it’s worth checking out. Want proof?

Here are a couple of the videos. Trust me — you’ll enjoy them, and they’re really short and quick to watch:

The stories are cute and funny, but the messages are clear — even for children. We can’t continue to be oblivious about our consumerism, and the earlier we can present kids with a new way of thinking about “stuff,” the more likely they are to turn consumerism on its head.

In Leonard’s own words:

Even if we all bought green organic, we are still using too much stuff, so if we can get kids to critically develop that lens, about what is this material, is it something I want in my household, is it something that I want to hold in my hands, and …. Am I using too much? Do I really need this? Could I get this from the library instead? Could I borrow this from a friend?

My daughter is a thinker, more than I expect of a child her age sometimes, so I know these videos will spur some questions. But that’s the whole point. So head over to PBS Kids to view the rest of the videos and share them with your kids, their teachers, or if you are a teacher, with your students. They’ll cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time. And if you take the time to have a critical discussion afterward, these videos could be invaluable.

NOTE: I have not been paid or sponsored in any way to talk about this project. I just thought it was great and wanted to share it with you!

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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