Here comes Earth Day!
April 18, 2012
It’s right around the corner. That day that reminds us of all the easy things we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle is so close! Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22. Think about all of the things you throw away each day that could be reused, like plastic water bottles. Did you know you can reuse those? You can either fill them with water again, or you can find a craft to use them. Or those things that you can use less of, like water. Just by turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth you can save water. You can also recycle a lot of the things you use every day, which gives them new life because they can be turned into other things. Recycling paper at school or at home can help companies create bags and boxes from recycled paper. That’s a great thing because it means we’re using something more than one time before throwing it away.
Think about your typical day and all of the things you use. Can you think of some things you use or work with that could be reduced, reused or recycled?
Have a great day!
How to make a bird feeder
April 16, 2012
Today I’m going to teach you how to make a really easy bird feeder. By having a bird feeder in your yard, you’ll be able to watch and learn about more birds.
You’ll need a pinecone (about the size of your hand will work perfectly!), a square piece of waxed paper, a paper plate, a spoon, peanut butter and some bird seed (most grocery stores have it this time of year).
1. Pour some bird seed onto the paper plate. Set aside.
2. Lay out your waxed paper to protect your work surface from the peanut butter. Tie the string around the top of the pinecone so that a long piece hangs off. You’ll use this to hang your bird feeder from a tree.
3. Using the spoon, dab a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter onto your pinecone and use your fingers to spread it around so it coats the outside of the pinecone.
4. Wash your hands. Then roll the pinecone in the bird seed, tapping more bird seed onto places where there is extra peanut butter. Make sure the bird seed sticks by tapping it into the peanut butter.
5. Let your pinecone rest in a safe place for about a day so the peanut butter has a chance to dry a little bit. Then, you can hang it outside!
Have fun watching all the birds enjoy their food from your new bird feeder! You can reuse this pinecone once the birds have eaten all the bird seed.
Catch ya later!
Spring school fun
April 11, 2012
Since spring is the time that more birds are around, we are learning a lot about them in school right now. We’re learning about birds that migrate, which means that they fly away to warmer climates in the winter and come back here in the spring when it starts to get warm again. We’re also learning about wintering birds, like cardinals. Wintering birds are birds that don’t migrate; they live here all year long.
Because the ground gets so cold here in the winter, lots of wintering birds can’t eat the same foods in the winter that they can find in the summer. This means that wintering birds are pretty smart because they have to find different places to get food in the winter. We are going to make a bird feeder tomorrow in class, so I’ll tell you how to make it next week! The things you’ll need are a medium-sized pinecone (about the size of your hand will be perfect), a piece of waxed paper, a spoon, peanut butter, bird seed and a piece of string or yarn to use to hang your birdfeeder.
Have a great weekend!