When you think of energy, what do you think of – the Sun, gasoline or maybe electricity? All of these are forms of energy, but there are other kinds of energy too. Energy is all around you. It is the force that allows things to move and happen.
Energy can be changed from one form to another. Coal can be burned to make heat or electricity. Natural gas and wood also make heat when they burn. Think about plants. The Sun gives them energy to grow. We eat them and they give us energy.
Fun Facts about Energy for Kids
- Coal, oil and gas are stored in the ground. Coal and oil come from the remains of fossilized animals.
- Food gives you energy. Some foods give more energy than others. Snack foods like cookies, donuts or even white bread, turn quickly to energy. Your body burns through these foods very fast. Whole-grain foods like whole-wheat bread and foods with protein like yogurt or turkey make energy that lasts longer.
- Gas, oil and coal will eventually run out. Scientists are working hard to find other kinds of energies. These are called alternative fuels.
- In our country, we have plenty of energy. Sometimes we use more than our fair share. Other people in the world don’t have the energy they need. Tell your parents to help conserve and share energy. Don’t drive a bigger car than you need. Don’t buy a bigger house than you need.
- In windy areas, scientists build huge windmills. These windmills can harness the energy of wind to make electricity.
- Waterfalls can also be used to make power.
- The Sun makes solar energy.
- Form: type
- Fossilized: animals that have become fossils
- Alternative: something that can replace something else
- Harness: capture, use
Learn More All About Energy and Its Different Forms
Watch this video all about energy and its form:
A video explaining the forms of energy.
Question: Are there any problems with energy?
Answer: Some kinds of energy like coal and gasoline cause pollution as they burn. When we use too much of these kinds of energy, the temperature of our planet rises. This is called the greenhouse effect.
Question: What can I do to help?
Answer: Right now, you can use energy carefully. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Ride your bike or walk to your friend’s house or soccer practice instead of asking your mom to drive you.