Bringing green concepts to life can be very difficult to do with kids. They don't drive, they don't shop, and they likely are not making a lot of your home's design decisions, so why not give them a home of their own to make clear the challenges and rewards of green living? The Solar Power House Kit by Thames and Kosmos lets kids build a model house complete with solar panels, windmill, greenhouse, and desalination system, among other things. Check out the full kit, below.
Among the other things kids can do with this kit are build and operate an electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, hygrometer, electric motor, power hoist, and sail car.
The Solar House Kit is really a series of experiments developed by physicist Uwe Wandrey, and they revolve around the notion of surviving on a remote island. Kids build the house, and then continue through the experiments, which teach them how to do things like harness solar and wind power. The kit comes with a 96 page book that details each step along the way, and while that may sound like a lot of reading, keep in mind that this is designed for kids aged 12 and up. $124.95.