Friday, April 20, 2012

Mosaic Earth Day Project

Earth Day is coming up and it's a great time to talk with your kids about ways that we can help our planet stay clean. Today we read a story and listed some things that we could do to help the Earth.

Together, came up with:
Recycling
Picking up trash
Planting trees and flowers
Turning off lights
Saving water
Feeding the birds
Drawing on the back of papers (this is one of our favorites now that I'm taking college classes)
Using reusable water bottles and containers

To go along with our discussion, we made these adorable mosaic globes. The bigger kids always love getting the chance to use scissors and glue!
For this craft, you'll need:
paper plates
blue and green construction paper
kid-safe scissors
glue
markers
1. On each paper plate, I penciled in a ROUGH outline of the continents. This was just a guide for the kids and you can see that some used them more than others :)

2. Cut each piece of construction paper into one inch strips and hand them out to the kids. We started with green. The bigger kids used their scissors to cut their strips into squares. The smaller kids ripped their papers. Both of these are great fine-motor skills to practice before preschool.
3. Once their strips were cut or torn, the kids glued their pieces on the paper plate to form a map of the world. We finished all of the green first and then I passed out strips of blue for cutting and gluing.
4. After they dried, we attached a sign that said "Recycle to save the Earth".


This was a really simple craft that can take as much or as little time as your children are willing to devote to it. You can see that one of my little guys didn't even make it to adding in the ocean, but that's okay! The important thing is to work on some basic skills and reinforce the idea that everyone can do something to help the planet. 

A great book to go along with this project is:
 The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute Anymore




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