Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Earth Day

Earth Day is coming soon.  April 22nd - as a matter of fact!  
In our classroom, the students make Earth necklaces the week before to wear on that special day.  See picture below! 
There is a trick to making the necklace - Experience!  Actually...the only 2 ingredients you need are potting soil and glue.  The tricky part is getting the right texture.  It cannot be too soft/mushy and it cannot be too hard/thick.  
1) In a bowl mix enough soil and glue for the class.
2) Have the student scoop out a spoonful (golf ball size or smaller).  
3) The student will roll it into a smooth ball. 
4) The teacher will stick a small paper clip in the top.  
5) Place on a wax sheet of paper with the students name next to it.  
     It usually takes 1 to 2 days to dry.  Make sure to move it around 
     so one side is not flat. 
6) Paint the ball green(land) and blue(water).  I used neon acrylic 
     paint.  It was brighter! 
7) Tie a string and wear! 

Amber

8 comments:

  1. How cute!! I so want to try this!!

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  2. Very Cute necklace...I do something similar with recycle plastic and shrink it....I love that you made it out of soil. :)

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  3. I'm having an Earth Day Resources Linky Party and I'd love for this lesson to be on there! Check it out at:
    Teaching Happily Ever After: Earth Day!

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  4. Thanks for the idea! Our grade level made them last week. The kids LOVED them!

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  5. This is such a great idea! Can't wait to make it with my daughter and her friends for Earth Day this year. cJust pinned it onto our Eco FriendlyFun Board. http://pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/eco-friendly-fun-living-and-learning/

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  6. So creative! I love that it is so naturally made, inside and out!

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  7. I love this Amber. It is so clever. I want my kindergarten teachers to see this and make it. It goes perfectly with my "Friends of the Earth" packet. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Friends-of-the-Earth-A-Celebration-of-Earth-Day-and-Spring-1173270Thanks so much for showing it to me! Love, love, love it.... Making it from the earth rocks it out! I want to link back to this if you don't mind. Miss you friend.

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