I have mixed emotions about ‘Earth Day’. Of course we should celebrate the Earth, but sometimes I feel as though everyday awareness is ignored for the once a year ‘marked-on-the-calendar’ kind of convenience that an ‘Earth Day’ gives us. I don’t think awareness and stewardship should happen in a vacuum. At the same time, I see that from this single day, from a craft, from a book, from a lecture, life long commitments to the earth are born. Little earth rangers develop from a spark, from a passion, from a love that is ignited in some magical way. Hopefully, this is what Earth Day does, rather than just being yet another symbol of our throw-away, convenient, give it to me through the drive-thru culture.
With my little diatribe over with, let me say that Aodhan and I have a fun month of Earth-Awareness activities to share with you. We have so much fun ahead of us, and I can’t wait for our little Earth Day party on the 22nd, but I wanted to start by sharing a fantastically fun Earth Day art project that can be done by the littliest of littles (with the help of an adult or two) and the biggest of bigs.
We wanted to let everyone who came to our house to know that we were starting to think ahead to Earth Day, and I thought a giant planet Earth for our door would do the trick. But, why use paint brushes and our hands to create art when we can use our feet?
Here is what we used for this simple, fun and sensory-oriented project:
- a big blue circle cut out of card
- green paint
- cotton puffs
- green marker
I traced the (rough) outline of the continents onto our blue circle and added some green paint to a plate. The rest was all Aodhan. He loved splooshing the paint around the cardboard. I mean it, there was sheer joy on the boy’s face as he painted the world with his toes. After a wipe down of his little feet, he added the two poles to the planet with some glue and puffs.
So easy and so fun.
Be sure to check in tomorrow when I share the gluten-free and vegan DIRT pudding cups we made for dinner tonight. Yum Scrum.
Be sure to check out all the lovlely blogs that are linking up to this Earth Day Blog Hop!
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