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Many people celebrated Earth Day this past weekend with a variety of events.  We were not able to partake in any of these events due to other plans, but we've been having our own "earth" fun this week.

We started off the morning of Earth Day with a coloring page.  As I've mentioned before, I like to give the girls something to do while I am preparing their breakfast.  They like to color and draw, so it usually works out.  I also gave Sweet Girl an Earth Day related matching activity.

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Celebrate the Earth--in process- by Sweet Girl (L) and Love Bug (R).
Before lunch, the girls and I went on a nature walk.  There were two goals for this walk.  One was to collect some "nature" for our collage.  (We did talk about not touching things unless Mama said it was okay.)  Second, was to listen for nature sounds to see if we could identify them.  As we left, I got the idea that I could collect some trash while the girls were collecting nature.  I decided ahead of time that I would only collect a plastic grocery bag full.  (I used another bag to pick up the trash items.)

The girls looked so cute walking around carrying their "My Nature Bag" bags.  Love Bug wasn't quite sure of the activity at first, but once she understood, she really seemed to enjoy it.  She even found some items on her own.  Sweet Girl enjoyed the "hunt" and did a great job at helping me find trash and looking for animals.

The girls really enjoyed helping each other on the nature walk.  On the right, they are getting some plant leaves.
After we got home, I challenged the girls to find a pine cone in our yard before we started our collages.  Then, the girls dumped their nature bags onto their pieces of cardboard.  I instructed them to arrange their nature findings however they wanted and that I would help them tape everything down.  Love Bug was not into this part so much, but kept bringing rocks over to add to her collage.  Sweet Girl was very specific as to where she wanted her nature.  I used clear packing tape for the large items and Scotch tape for the smaller ones.  The collages turned out great and are now hanging proudly in the dining room with the other earth projects.
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Love Bug's full nature bag.
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Love Bug emptying her bag.
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Sweet Girl working on her collage.
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My bag of trash and the finished collages.
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Sweet Girl's collage.
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Love Bug's collage.
After quiet time, I got out the Do-a-Dot Paint Markers I recently got at Brilliance.  We already had something similar and the girls love them!  They were happy to see how many colors they have to choose from now.  We used the Do-a-Dots with this cute activity I found on DLTK Kids.  I showed Love Bug what the idea of the activity was, but let her do her own thing.  Sweet Girl filled each dot, but then decided to cover the entire earth!  I also had Sweet Girl cut her heart out.  She's doing really well at cutting curves now.
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Sweet Girl stamping away!
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Love Bug prefers to hold the cap while she works.
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Love the Earth Hearts by Sweet Girl (L) and Love Bug (R).
We have a few more activities to do this week, but remember, Earth Day/Week is not just something we do once a year and then we're done.  We all need to do our part to take care of God's creation.  Think about what little changes you can make that would benefit the earth.  Last year, I decided to look how I used paper towels and decided to use less.  Not only has this helped generate less trash, it is helping my pocketbook, too.  What changes can you make AND teach your children about?

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 
for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.  
Psalm 24:1-2 New International Version (NIV)




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