Posted: April 20, 2020
There are 3 things you must do every day:
2. Spend time outside
3. Hug a tree
EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES/PROJECTS:
1. Recycled Art- make an egg carton tree. You need a piece of cardboard, an empty egg carton, paint/markers. Draw the trunk of the tree on the cardboard, cut up and paint/colour the 12 sections of the egg carton. Glue the flat part of each section onto the cardboard to create the body/leaves of the tree. Look up egg carton tree online to see images.
2. Spend time with your family cleaning up your yard/property. There may be garbage to pick up, dead branches to haul away, decks to sweep off.....
3. Get help to find a recipe for plain (white) muffins. Prepare batter. Once the batter is ready, pour equal amounts into 3 bowls. Using green (for land) and blue (for water) food colouring, mix the green into 1 bowl and the blue into the other 2 bowls. Using fractions, this shows us that 1/3 of Earth is land, and 2/3 is water! Now into the muffin tins...1 scoop of green and 2 scoops of blue in each hole. Enjoy! Yummy!
4. Go online and listen to "Earth friendly" books- Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
5. Suncatchers- you need coffee filters, and green and blue food colouring. Place a piece of plastic wrap/wax paper on counter. Place a coffee filter on top. Now 1 quirt of green (1/3 land), then 2 quirts of blue (2/3 water). Repeat until filter is covered. Let dry and put in window. So pretty!
6. Finding Perimeter. Remember, perimeter is the distance around a shape. Get a long piece of string/yarn/dental floss. Go outside and wrap it around a tree. Hold your fingers at the spot where the string meets. Now get help to measure the string in cm. What is the perimeter of the tree? Is there another tree with the same perimeter? Another item in the yard with the same perimeter?
7. Clean out a closet and/or a drawer. Are there items that can be recycled? Clothes that can be given to someone else? Clothes that are worn out can be cut up for rags. Don't forget to cut the buttons off worn out clothes- great for crafts!!
8. Sit with your family and make a two-part list....on one side of the paper list things that you and your family do to help the Earth, on the other side list a few things you can get better at, or begin to do. Post on fridge as a reminder to everyone.....
9. Make a diorama using stuff you collect from your yard. Twigs, bark, moss and tiny rocks are a few things you can use. Look online to see a variety of dioramas. An old shoebox works best but other cardboard will do. Make whatever type of diorama you want. Add in some small toys/trinkets. Have Fun! Be creative!!
10. Go outside and find a pinecone. Tie a long string around the pinecone, leaving a long piece of string at both ends. Now put honey or peanut butter on the cone, and roll in bird seed/vegetable scraps. Tie onto a tree. The birds will love you! :)
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