Celebrating our home {Earth Day 2015}

We’ve been hitting the books pretty hard lately, so I felt like the kids could use a fun and relaxed day of learning.

Earth Day was the perfect time!

We started the morning talking about how the Earth provides our basic necessities.

Food, water, and air are all readily available for us.

We can use what the Earth has provided for us to build our shelter. The girls recreated this by building a huge blanket fort.


We moved on to a fun craft project, using “trash” to make bookmarks. We talked about how you can use the most unconventional items for a completely new purpose.


After that, we got out our paints and painted our Earth.  We then added our handprints and fingerprint “land.”





We then drew Earth and wrote down a few things that we love about our planet.



 Our next activity was more hands on, which is how my kids learn the best.

We discussed landfills and how many people throw recyclables into the trash. (Yes, I’m guilty of this.)

We dumped some Cheerios into a bowl to represent the amount of tires in landfills.


Next, we counted out how many tires we use at our house, as shown below.

IMG_3584Then we counted out how many tires our family uses.  We counted our grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousin’s tires.


This included cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, 4-wheelers, lawn mowers, backhoes and tractors.  We did not include bikes.

I asked the kids if they knew of any ways we could reuse all of those tires. I received the typical responses: tire swings, planters and rubber mulch.

Then I told them about a way that we could reuse those tires that surprised them.


IMG_3599 Add a few more ingredients (sugar, honey and peanut butter) and you have a whole new creation!


By melting the tires and adding a few more chemicals, we can make roads!


 We took a quick break for lunch and I noticed that the girls were reusing a cup holder from Sonic to hold their drinks and keep them safe from Bear’s craziness, while they dined in their fort.



After lunch, we talked about how much waste goes into buying pre-packaged foods. We discussed how growing a garden saves all kinds of waste, from the factories, delivery trucks and pollutants to the excessive packaging. Drinking water and eating natural foods is not only healthy for us, but it’s also healthy for the Earth.

We made our own bread to compare to store bought bread.

Needless to say, this is the only photo I have of the bread because once it came out of the oven, it was gone in less than 10 minutes!


{Pretty sure they prefer homemade bread!}

Next up, we moved outside.  We each picked out some flowers to plant and it will be their job to keep it healthy and alive.



My mom came over and gave them a quick lesson on how to properly plant a flower.



Their finished project!


After that, we moved to our berry patch, where they planted some raspberries, with Grandma’s help.

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Emersyn even found some grub for her chickens!



To finish up our Earth Day celebration, we moved into our field to plant a couple of dogwood trees.  The girls are also responsible for keeping these trees alive.

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We placed tires around them to keep them safe from our cows until their roots get established.

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It was a great day, learning about ways we can preserve the Earth.

And these sweet smiles from yesterday are all the thanks we need from our future generation for our small efforts!






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