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Last-minute Earth Day craft.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Yesterday The Munchkin & I headed to Central Park for a free Earth Day craft sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy, & I thought I’d share it with you, in case you’re like me & don’t really go out of your way to celebrate this holiday but want to do something fun & educational today with your kids.

They supplied empty steel cans, magazine cutouts of nature-themed pictures, glue, potting soil, & marigolds. The Munchkin loved choosing her magazine pictures, picking which color flower to plant, & playing with the dirt & water. Once I recovered from the trauma of getting the darn thing home in one piece on the train with Munchkin, stroller, & diaper bag in tow, I liked the lesson that the craft taught: you can reuse just about anything to make our planet a prettier place.

Last month’s Ensign magazine had a great article, entitled “Sowing Seeds of Self-Reliance in Small Spaces,” about creative ways apartment-dwellers like me are growing small gardens. One suggestion was to use old empty containers like soda bottles, kitty litter buckets, & laundry soap containers. Old steel cans work great too!

Here’s how you can do this craft at home:

  1. Wash out an old steel can (a larger can, like for stewed tomatoes, would work better for larger flowers). Punch a hole or two in the bottom for drainage.
  2. Paste magazine cutouts around the can. Cover with Mod Podge if you want to make it last longer.
  3. Plant a flower or seeds with some extra potting soil & place it in a sunny spot to watch it grow!

 

This project has been featured at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com! Check it out!

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Searching for spring!

Yesterday The Munchkin & I braved the chill to enjoy a beautiful, clear day. We have a tradition of finding rocks to take home to Daddy on our morning walks.

Today, though, we also found all the signs of the coming spring —

The buds just forming on the trees:

The grass returning to life:

And my favorite sign of spring of all:

Growing up in Southern California, I never got to enjoy the changing of the seasons. It’s been 8 winters since I left home, & it still amazes me watching the world thaw out & become beautiful & vibrant again!

Take your kid out on a springtime scavenger hunt! Even if you’ve seen dozens of springs, she hasn’t. Odds are, her excitement will be contagious!

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