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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Earth Day

We centred our homeschool activities around "enjoying and looking after the earth" on Earth Day.

Activities we did:

Making Daisies using Recycled Paper

  • Scraps of paper collected from previous crafts.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  1. Cut petals (1 1/2") and circle shapes (1 1/2" and 3/4" in diameter) out of paper scraps.
  2. Use the bigger circle as the base, stick the petals around the circumference of the base.
  3. Once the whole circumference is covered with petals, stick the smaller circle onto the middle of the base (on top of the petals), i.e. bottom layer is big circle, middle layer consists of the petals and the top layer is the small circle.

These daisies are made for another project that is in progress, so keep a lookout for it in the future!

Making Puppets Using Cardboard Rolls

  • Cardboard rolls
  • Paper scraps
  • Cloth scraps
  • Rubber band
  • Glue 
  • Markers
  1. Cut paper scraps and cloth scraps to desired shapes and sizes for hair or head gear.
  2. Stick paper and/or cloth scraps to one end of cardboard roll.
  3. Draw eyes, nose and mouth to complete the puppets.

Take a walk in the neighbourhood

  • Talk about God's creation as we see the sky, the flora and fauna around.
  • Emphasise the importance of taking care of our environment so that we can continue to live in it.
  • See, touch, smell, feel and hear the different elements around, e.g. feel the rough texture of the rocks, feel the smoothness of the flower petals, hear the sounds made by chickens (yes, we have a few roaming around the market nearby) etc.
  • Encourage children to ask questions or ask them questions to enhance their experience, e.g can you tell which of the chickens is male or female?

Read a Book on Conservation

  • This story depicts a boy's nocturnal rendezvous with animals from all over the world. The author cleverly weaved in an important message of protecting the animals and the world we live in in a story with lilting rhythms and beautiful illustrations. 
  • The ending wake-up call:

This is how we celebrate Earth Day, how did you and your family do it? I'll like to hear them in the comments!

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