SEAI are delighted to partner with Early Childhood Ireland to bring the Guzzler energy programme to pre-school children.
This programme has been designed to help pre-school children develop an understanding about energy and sustainability which in turn helps to foster a relationship with the environment. The values built as children stay with them for the rest of their lives. The earlier we involve children in these important issues the more likely they are to be empowered citizens in the future.
Books available to order
Guzzler’s Big Book on Energy
Guzzler is a friendly energy guzzling character who lives in Aoife’s wardrobe. This colourfully illustrated book will spark an interest in all things energy and energy saving. In reading and discussing the concepts in the book, children can explore ways to save energy and understand more about the world around them and the role they can play in helping to sustain the environment. Also available in Irish
Guzzler Investigates Energy
This book, aimed at teachers, accompanies the Big Book with SESE activities and investigations for older and afterschool children. Also available in Irish (online only)
How to order your free books
Log onto the Early Childhood Ireland bookshop to order your books.
It is a good book and because of its size it is easy to read to a large group, everyone can see the pages.
Guzzler's lesson plan
An online tip sheet has been developed for younger children with important messages about sustainability that can be named and discussed with children.
We have developed a lesson plan in line with the Aistear curriculum. These are designed to be used in conjunction with Guzzler’s Big Book on Energy. The lessons can be done in one day or spread over a few days or weeks. They contain suggestions of other activities to keep the energy theme running through the year. This would be suitable for older and after school children.
Preschools experience with Guzzler
SEAI were delighted to award a Guzzler puppet to 10 preschools who submitted an inspired practice piece about their experience using the resources and how the children interacted with the lesson plans. Download below the pieces submitted by 4 preschools for some inspiration.