Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day with kids!

image from Anthropologie
Today is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.  So how has Earth Day changed our world?  Watch this quick video from ABC Good Morning America

We have been celebrating Earth Day all week by continuing the work on our paper tree.  This year, we have combined both Earth and Arbor Day together.  This is mainly because Arbor Day happens to fall on the same day as Easter Sunday.  Our tree, that is made from recycled products; has been a continuous art project this entire month.   We’ve added items like paper birds, cicadas, butterflies and even small Earth globes.   The kids are having a great time with it!

During the month, we have tried to do something small each day to do our part for the earth.   Matthew has made some beautiful newspaper beaded jewelry for us to wear on our Earth Day Craft Day.  He has now taken it upon himself to create a new recycle box so he can throw recycled items into it.  We have made newspaper origami pots for our seedlings we are starting this year.  This was surprisingly easy to do and the kids love planting things so now we are all set for this year.  Here is a video on how to make them - http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-fold-newspaper-pots-for-seedling-using-origami

Yesterday we visited our local park that has a creek and picked up some of the bottles and cans we found lying around and disposed of them properly. 

Going forward, the kids are excited to volunteer next Saturday to plants some trees in one of our nearby towns.  We are also using our recycled egg cartons that we now have from our egg dying party to make Egg Carton Flowers! 
This is a great month to add awareness of our planet and trees to the children’s growing education. 

Here are some internet freebies we found for Earth Day:

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