|It's an Earth Day Car!!!!|
Earth Day Cars!
During the month of April, we started working on some Earth Day projects, and we only just finished them, so I thought I would take the time to share a little bit about them with you today. By far, the most fun project for the children was our Earth Day Cars! The BOYS were absolutely thrilled with the idea of building their own car out of recycled materials, and were practically giddy with delight when I suggested that they might enjoy painting some lightning bolts on the sides of their cars, or some tiger stripes or leopard spots! The girls were happy about the project too, but not as excited as the boys, of course!
|My Earth Day Car Sample|
|Some children painted leopard spots on their cars!|
|Stripes were also a popular design choice!|
|We set the cartons on the window sill to dry.|
|Write names on the bottoms of the milk cartons with a permanent marker.|
|Here are all of our completed cars.|
Finally, on Friday afternoon, the big moment finally came! We all got to play with our cars!!!!!! I turned the kids loose with their cars and let them roll them all over the room. A few of the kids were saying things like, "Uh... how is this a car? There are only two wheels!!!" I just said, "Well, it's an EARTH DAY car! You only NEED two wheels, so that's all you have!"
|The cars with the medium sized wheels with the thickest plastic worked the best.|
The kids had a ball rolling their little cars all over the place, although some of them were a little disgusted with their wheels, since the kept falling off. The children whose cars had better wheels really lucked out, and many of them were bringing me their cars and asking for "better wheels." A bunch of them wanted me to tape the wheels on, but it took a real demonstration of why that wasn't going to work before anyone was convinced that it was a bad idea! It was actually a pretty good problem solving opportunity!
Of course, AFTER we finished all of this, I found a much better design for a car made out of recycled materials in Family Fun magazine! Check out the "How To" video that they posted on www.youtube.com!
Earth Day Trees
I originally got this idea from http://ApplesAndABCs.blogspot.com. I liked the idea so much that I decided to try it myself and see how it would come out! My aide and I decided to modify it a little bit, though, to make it work for us.
|Earth Day Trees, made with cardboard tree trunks and branches.|
|Peel back the top layer of a piece of cardboard and then cut it into strips.|
You'll need some bottles from the Pepsi company if you want them to leave a print that looks like flowers! Otherwise, you can use any type of bottle. But we really liked the bottles from the Pepsi company in particular.
|Glue down the tree trunk for each child, and let them glue down their own branches.|
Once the children finished gluing down the branches above their tree trunks, the brought their papers over to the painting station to do the painting. I put pink paint on some paper plates, and showed the children how to dip the bottles into the paint and then use them to stamp the blossoms on to the tree!
The only thing I would do differently next time is perhaps add some thing green to use to stamp on some grass, and maybe a construction paper sun in the sky. They just need a little bit more to do to fill the entire 20 minute time block that they have at the art center.
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