April 03, 2013
Since Earth Day and Arbor Day are both in April, I’m going to call April Earth Month. Both days have to do with being green and showing respect for our natural world so I think it makes sense, right? Earth Day is on April 22 and Arbor Day is on April 26. One of the ways you can celebrate Earth Day is by trying to use less or no electricity. That means not watching TV, not playing on the computer, and not using things that need to be plugged into the wall or that use batteries, like phones and flashlights. It might be hard, but if you talk to your family about it, maybe you can plan other ways to get everything done without electricity on that day. One thing you could do is plan to do your homework outside in the sunshine, or make sandwiches for dinner instead of using the stove or oven to cook food in the kitchen.
Another good way to help is to volunteer with friends to pick up trash somewhere. There are lots of places that would probably be very happy to have your help with this. Talk to an adult at school, your church or another group you are a part of, like a scout group, and see if they know of something you can do to help make our Earth a cleaner place to be.
Have fun and be green!
Decoupage Easter eggs
March 27, 2013
Hi boys and girls!
Okay. I really need to show you another totally cool way to decorate your Easter eggs besides dyeing them. I think we’ve talked about this before, this thing called decoupage (pronounced DAY-coo-pazh). It’s when you decorate things, like boxes or picture frames, with little bits of paper, photos, fabric, just about anything! Whatever decoration you choose is put on with a clear kind of glue and a brush. The clear glue allows all of your cool designs and creativity to show through! Plus, it protects all the stuff from peeling off.
Here, I use tissue paper and some other little things to make my blown out eggs totally beautiful! You can make your own kind of clear glue by mixing white school glue with a little bit of water. I also always try to make sure to use a sponge brush because it doesn’t rip the tissue paper like a regular brush would. It just feels easier to use with this kind of craft.
Make sure to get an adult’s help and cover your clothes and work surface before starting this craft. Have fun!
First Day of Spring!
March 20, 2013
Did you know today is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere? That means it’s the first day of fall in the southern hemisphere. The first day of spring means that we’re getting closer and closer to warm weather. And it’s also the Spring Equinox, which means that, where I live, today’s day and night are the same length of time. It’s almost a perfectly equal day. Very cool.
Also, Easter is on Sunday, which is a big holiday celebrated all over the world in many places. My family celebrates by making a beary special Easter bread, with a kind of cream cheese filling. I’m serious when I say it’s my favorite bread in the entire universe. We only make it once a year so it’s super special! My mom always lets me help her, but I’m hoping this year she can just direct me in the kitchen because I really want to totally learn how to make it myself. Most families have a special way they celebrate this holiday, and many businesses are closed as well. Sometimes there are even parades! How do you celebrate Easter?
Happy Easter, friends!