We celebrated Earth Day by having our Funschooler's (unschooling) group over for some fun eco-friendly crafts this week. We had a good turn out of kids and moms and had a great time making ATCs from recycled boxes (cereal boxes and such), recycled paper(from old drawings, used construction paper) and added some nice earth elements-lavender, rosemary, rose petals, tiny weed flowers, seeds.
We also made "fish" from recycled wet suits provided by my friend Spramani, owner of Nature of Arts Kids. We decorated recycled bottle caps and added magnets to make fridge art magnets. We made picture frames from used puzzles. Rainmakers from toilet paper rolls. We altered some small children's board books. We also planted some seeds in used egg cartons.
There's so many things you can do to recycle, re-purpose, and conserve not only on Earth Day but every day! Even before we recieved recycle trash bins from the county, we were separating our recycles from un-recyclable trash. We mostly give our chickens our scraps, so they go to good use. I save bottles and use them as vases for flowers from our garden, they make nice gifts. You can alter the bottles with remnants of material, and other little "treasures" you come across around the house. It's fun to draw on them with Sharpies as well, and make beautiful designs on them.
We enjoy recycling tshirts. We have fun altering them and making them into something new and fresh! You can also make bags out of them. Here's a great book we picked up at the library, Generation -108 ways to transform you tshirt.
It's also a great idea to go on nature walks in your neighborhood and pick up trash while you're out. Or go out to the beach clean-up days that they have monthly.