If you follow me on Pinterest you can usually guess what kind of craft series I’m planning. For the last few days I’ve been pinning Earth Day ideas like crazy. I was only going to do a craft with the girls on Earth Day, but why do one when you can do seven or eight?
Earth Day is on 22 April each year. I don’t think it’s a big thing here in South Africa – Even Earth Hour wasn’t too popular here last month, at least according to my Twitter feed. (Everyone said they’d had Earth Hours all that week courtesy of Eskom, so they weren’t voluntarily going to switch off.) I only found out about Earth Day last year while reading the Happy Home Fairy’s blog. I made an Earth Girl with Angie and she spent the rest of the year smiling at us from our passage wall.
I want to teach the girls to be conscious of the environment. We recycle and I remind them constantly to switch lights off if they’re not in the room, but I want them to understand why it’s important to take care of our world. Not purely just for conservation’s sake, but also because it is our God-given responsibility to be stewards of the earth.
Our first craft was making these cute grass crowns. All you need are scissors, summery stickers, green cardboard and a stapler. I drew lines on the cardboard so that the girls would know where to stop cutting. Angie, in particular, can be very enthusiastic with scissors. Emmy struggled a bit so I did most of her cutting.
Then I stapled the two pieces together to make a long strip for the girls to decorate.
When they were done, I stapled the crowns closed for them to wear.
I read them this verse: “The grass withers and fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) We’re experiencing autumn right now, so the evidence of grass fading and trees losing their leaves is everywhere. I told the girls that God’s Word – the Bible – isn’t like that. His Word is always alive and constantly speaking to us.
Do you celebrate Earth Day?