Kids are increasingly aware of events that impact the world they live in, especially damaging and debilitating occurrences such as oil spills. When kids want to know facts, they need those facts delivered in a way they can understand. History, numbers and animals affected are great places for kids' learning to be piqued.
Oil spills have at least a 25 year history off the coast of the United States. March of 2014 saw the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig from BP spilled its contents into the Gulf of Mexico. Outside of the US, a spill occurred in June 2000 off the coast of South Africa, with another in March 2004 in Oman.
Kids can present a list of numbers when recalling facts about oil spills. Eleven million gallons of oil were lost in the Exxon Valdez spill and more than 205 million gallons spilled from the BP rig.
Animals grab kids' attention, so use them for more kid-friendly oil-spill facts. Rescuers worked on over 36,000 birds and 1,000 sea otters in Alaska. More than 20,000 penguins were rescued or relocated in the South African oil spill. Birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals were all impacted by the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.