After reading books about Earth Day this week we decided to make a piece of art using recyclable materials. (ok, really I decided, but the kids went along with it) Since trees are so good for our Earth, it became our inspiration.
These are the books we read this week about Earth Day.
Fun non-fiction book about different ways we can all take care of the plants, the animals and the planet. I really liked the pictures and illustrations in this book and it gave some really good inspiration for some activities and crafts you can do for Earth Day.
things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the
TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet until
finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer
to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world
outside that he can make a difference in the environment.
After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming to help save the Polar Bears. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
To make our tree craft, I started by cutting up an old cardboard box to look like a science project board. I wanted it to be able to stand freely on it’s own, that’s why I cut it this way. My boys painted it a good coat of blue paint. (It was one of those “doing your hair is optional” days and my son choose not to do his. haha!)
Once the paint was completely dry, we cut an empty paper towel roll in half to make our tree trunk. You will have to use a lot of school glue to secure it in place. You can see in the picture below how the toilet paper roll makes the tree pop out of the cardboard.
For our tree branches we used a brown lunch sack. We cut it into strips and then crinkled and twisted the strips to make them into branches. Then glued them onto the cardboard to make the tree. At this point we let the project dry over night.
For the life of me, I could not figure out why this picture below keeps uploading rotated the wrong direction. (Grrrrr!) The next morning, we went through some old magazines I had around the house and ripped out pages that had lots of green on them. Then I got out a black marker and drew leafs over the green areas. I did try to use ares with different colors mixed in the greens to make the tree more colorful.
My preschooler helped me cut them all out which was quite the tedious process.
Then we glued the leaves all over our tree. It looks so pretty with all the different greens and colors from the magazine pages.
We also found a page that had a picture of soil on it, so we ripped it into strips and glued it along the bottom of the tree to make the ground.
We are really excited about how turned out. It was a great way to finish up our Earth Day week.
Happy Earth Day!!
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