For Kids

Take Care of Texas

Looking for fun activities and games? Check out the Take Care of Texas website!

Download the Activity & Coloring Book - PDF

Here are 6 easy things you can do at home to help Take Care of Texas everyday:

  1. Recycle: Use recycling bins at home and at school
  2. Save water: Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth
  3. Conserve energy: Turn off lights and the TV when you’re not using them
  4. Keep the air clean: Walk, ride your bike, carpool or ride the bus
  5. Reuse things: Share or donate toys, games, books and clothes you don’t need anymore. Buy used books or borrow them from the library
  6. Don’t litter: Sign up with your family for a community cleanup event


Lessons for Kids

  • Lessons can be tailored to any particular age group.
  • Most fulfill requirements for a variety of patches or awards.
  • Lessons are free to any group in the City of McKinney.
  • Children receive an "I’m a Green Kid" button. 
  • Set up a presentation contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at 972-547-7335.
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Fred the Fish & Urban Stew

Students participate in an activity that provides a visual understanding of some of the consequences of stormwater pollution.

  • Students are divided into groups of 10
  • Adult assistance for groups larger than 10 is ideal
  • Access to running water is also very helpful

Recycle Relay

Students participate in a garbage sorting activity to determine what is and is not recyclable. They also discuss reusing and recycling as they sort through items that might be found in the trash.

  • Students are divided into groups of 10
  • Adult assistance for groups larger than 10 is appreciated
  • A large open space like a gym or long hallway is ideal

Packing a Waste-Free Lunch
Students learn about the importance of reducing waste and reusing products when preparing their lunch for school.