eARTh day creativity

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There is no better way to celebrate Earth day than Toddler Tuesday style. This was one of my favorite classes yet. First we learned how to sign “earth”or “world” and then had a jolly time playing “universe ball”. It is amazing how much fun the wee ones have with a blanket and a beach ball. We rolled the beach ball earth around on the black table cloth by having all the little hands holding onto the edges of the blanket and lifting and lowering it. We even made some turbulence in the Universe and had that Earth bouncing up and down.

We read a few good stories:
Earth_Mother_(1)

images the earth and I by frank asch larger image

We finished class by making a collective Earth ARt Piece using natural objects.
earth art 2

We talked about how Earth ARt doesn’t last forever; unless we pour it in concrete…which we did! We made a design with natural objects in the bottom of a pizza box; and then poured concrete to make stepping stones for their home gardens:

Greyson's stepping stone

They all came out lovely. It was a a splendid way to celebrate the Earth!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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