It is almost the 50th anniversary of Earth Day….
The 22nd of April is the day that we will join with the world for the global call for climate action.
To stand strong together in an attempt to stop climate change, stand up for nature and science and change bad habits to make a positive impact for all.
At a time we can’t be together in person, we can show up for each other through social media and together make a better future for the next generation.
I have said it before and will say it again – I am not a pinterest Mammy. I wish I was but the truth is some days we get creative, use our art cupboard which is fully stocked as we rarely do it and some days we color in a coloring book. So this is no way a “do as I say post” but we really enjoyed doing the next few arty earthy bits!!!
We have ordered kibsons a lot lately in order to “stay home and stay safe!” I love how it all comes in a box (cutting out the plastic) but then the box doubles for getting creative with. Cut some big circles and let them get arty with paint and cotton wool attached to pegs. Looks super cute in bedrooms after the task is done too.
Play dough or Marla (as we call it in Irish) is super easy to make. I mean that! So easy! The reason I am pushing that statement – I wouldn’t be the best cook but thankfully cooking non edible stuff seems to come easier to me!
• 2 cups of flour
• 3/4 cup of salt
• 4 teaspoons cream tartar
• 2 cups of luke warm water
• 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
• Food coloring
Mix it all up and leave a few hours to set! See!? Easy!! Once your done let them create their own forests, leaves and palm trees. You can mix this up – add more colors, perhaps blue so the can create the ocean also!
I’m sure you can actually buy pompom makers but we don’t have any so this was the next best thing and quite easy to do. Cut the circle of the size of pompom you would like out of cardboard (hello kibsons box) and with a lid of a water bottle cut a small circle as your whole to thread through. You can at this point decide to use wool, yarn, string or recycle fabric or plastic bags (which hopefully we will all stop using) soon. Wrap your product around the circle cut out until it is full and then wrap it some more. The fuller the Pom Pom is down to wrapping up as much as you can. Then (with a parents guidance) get a scissors and cut along the edge of the ring. Tie the main two pieces together tight, take out the cardboard and voila – perfect pompom!
Dr Seuss Ooblek – Who remembers this stuff? It’s gross, gooey but so satisfying! All you need to do is mix 2 parts corn flour with 1 part water. Pop a drop of food coloring in (of which ever colors you like) and your done. It’s a great science experiment for the older two and brilliant for sensory for the youngest.
If you want to skip the arty bits perhaps you could just right down a few simple tasks you could all do as a family?
Take the time to notice nature.
Shorten your shower time.
Try your best to eat sustainably.
Reuse, reduce and recycle.
Plant a tree.
Turn off the tap.
Use less plastic.
What simple tasks are you doing daily?
Sending love to the World…