Whether you have a budding environmentalist or astronomer this planet earth banner is a fun decoration to make and decorate with for Earth Day! My son loved this and just kept going and going!
- Gather your materials. You will need some coffee filters, blue and green food coloring, a pen, scissors, some party streamers, an eye dropper and tape .
- Start by drawing circles on your coffee filters.
- Mix water and food coloring ( I used a lot of color so it would show up on the filters.)
- Using the eye droppers add the colors to your coffee filters.
- He was in heaven he loved making these . I had a few layers of paper towels under the coffee filters to absorb the extra which was great since he saturated many of the filters.
- Let dry.
- Cut circles out.
- Tape onto the streamer .
- Hang up and talk about why you made this craft, how precious and fragile our earth is and how we can help preserve it!
Our Favorite Book About Recycling
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling
by Alison Inches is awesome! I only wish that my son was old enough to enjoy it as much as I did. It’s not aimed at 2 year olds at all, but he did like to open it to the page with the recycling truck and point out all the parts to me. The book itself takes the reader through the complete process from crude oil, to bottle and then to synthetic fleece. I am not too proud to admit I learned s a few new things and had a few good laughs along the way with the books little bits of humor too. I think most 5 year olds would enjoy this book, and it’s easy to break it down for those unable to sit for this much text. Also the book was printed on 100% post consumer waste paper.
Edited for 2010 : My son adores this book now at 3, and it’s been a bedtime favorite for a while. He really enjoys the crude oil tanker at the start, seeing the bottle made and how it ends up at a store waiting for someone to buy it. Any kids book that uses the word polymerization proudly gets an a plus from us!
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