Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day by remembering the Creator

We talked about Earth Day today and why it is celebrated.
The kids made me very proud when they simply stated, "We celebrate the earth, because God made it for us."
How simple, so easy to understand.
The earth is a gift from God and He expects us to take care of His gifts.
We need to remember this.
I found this fun suncatcher craft on the DLTK website. Of course, as with every melting crayon craft, you need a small pencil sharpener to make crayon shavings. We couldn't find our little sharpener, so Mark had extra fun, and hammered the crayons--a very good substitute for shavings.
The DLTK site provided a template on which I placed a piece of waxed paper, waxy side up. I taped this down for the kids, because it kept sliding around. Carefully put the green and blue crayon pieces onto the waxed paper, filling in the pattern.
I then placed another sheet of waxed paper, waxy side down, over the crayon, and on a low temperature, carefully ironed the crayon.
Make a frame with 2 pieces black contruction paper with a circle cut out of them and glue the finished "earth" within the circle.
Mark's finished product.
They have provided a lovely addition to our windows.
I also found the idea for a Earth Day Handprint Wreath at DLTK Kids. Instead of cutting handprints out a contruction paper like the directions say, I decided that we would make paint handprints---just because we LOVE painted handprints.
And for extra excitement, I told the kids to paint their own hands, even the littles. Look at Luke's face, that say it all---this was a great idea.
The only problem with this was that the kids took so much time carefully painting, the paint would start to dry and they would have to start over before making the handprint onto the paper.
Gracie's reason for why the earth is worth protecting.
Thank you God, for giving us our beautiful earth.
Happy Earth Day!!


LLMom said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful day. What a creative mommy your dc have!

Marianne said...

This is so wonderful! How did our family miss this day? How wonderful... religion, science, english, and art all in one fell swoop! Very creative AND very inspiring.
Going back to read again to figure out how to do the craft!

Rhonda said...

What a great Earth Day Suncatcher and I love how the kiddos remembered our Creator on this day.

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Those turned out very, very nice!

Kids Learn @ Kiboom Daily said...

Love all your Earth Day crafts. Will definitely be sharing them on our site!

all the best,
Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu