Earth Day is approaching on April 22nd. One of the easiest things people can do is recycle. Here in California they make it easy by providing a large recycle bin with our trash bins. I don't even have to sort really. The waste company tells us what can be recycled, I collect it in the house and throw it all in the recycle bin later: bottles, cardboard, cans, paper, some plastic, etc. Basically whatever I don't save for projects, gets tossed in the recycling bin. Easy and convenient.
Tissue paper or scrap pieces of construction paper* (green or fall colors)
Easter Grass (or shredded paper**)
Empty toilet rolls
I normally stay away from teacher/parent directed projects, but they do have their place. This project is in between teacher/parent directed and child led as the kids should follow some directions: create a tree, place grass beneath the tree, place an item under (or next) to the tree, and add an animal. It's great if you are working on directions (on, under, next, beside, etc) at home or in your classroom. The child led portion comes from how they create their tree and the magazine items they choose to add to their picture. You can see the difference in the photos.
Here are some basic directions for your Earth Day scene:
Have your child glue the TP roll vertically (in the center) onto paper, an old cereal box, or other cardboard.
Glue the Easter grass or shredded paper under the tree.
Tear tissue paper or scrap paper and glue pieces as the leaves of the tree. You can say on top of the tree if you are using this as direction art.
Have children cut pictures from magazines. They can glue a pictures under the tree and/or next to the tree.
*When kids cut paper, there are always scraps. These can be useful for collages and other recycle projects, such as this. Waste not, want not.
**Own a paper shredder? Create grass by running scrap green paper through the shredder.
How will you be celebrating Earth Day this year? Will there be art involved? Leave a comment and tell me more!
Today I'm off to play with my kids in the mountains. It's all about exploring nature with hiking, waterfalls and maybe some wild animals. So in an effort to keep things short and sweet here is my fabulous feature for this weeks It's Playtime! It's all about the mess....
Creative Playhouse shared their Crushed Chalk Art. Simple, open-ended, and messy; just the way I like it! Your kids will enjoy crushing the chalk as much as creating a colorful piece of art.
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Would you like to reconnect with your children? Do you need an excuse to turn off the television? Or how about simply having a good time? Then join me and 100 bloggers from around the world for the 100 Days of Play challenge hosted by Sun Scholars and Life At The Zoo. Each day a new activity will be posted on the blog hop as well as the 100 Days of Play Pinterest Board encouraging you to join your children in play. Play, connect, and share, but most of all, have fun!
100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/9.