What a fabulous day we had!!
We started out with a visit to the Market. Buying from local farmers means that less energy is wasted shipping the food. We are also supporting the local economy!!
Then on to a local thrift shop and garage sale. We donated some items and purchased ourselves some books and toys! Buying second-hand significantly reduces the carbon footprint (opposed to purchasing new). It eliminates the consumption of Earth's resources used to produce new items, as well as those used to create the packaging. There is no pollution created during production nor during transportation from factory to stores (except for the short drive to the local depot...but we walked). It is also environmentally friendly because it keeps used items and packaging out of landfills!
After that we pit-stopped for a muffin at the local cafe.
We played "Where did it come from?" and "What would happen if?" and then we read my favourite book, The Lorax, under our favourite tree! This was followed by a little fun in Mother Nature!
We chalked the sidewalk to spread the message of Earth Day.
The kiddos created puppet skits about being kind to our planet in our new puppet theatre graciously donated to our school by Allison Gyetko-DesRoches!! (Thank you Allison...they LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!)
We completed a super awesome HEART EARTH wall art project with items that were headed for the trash or recycle bin.
And we ended the day with some dancing and singing!!
Some of our other Earth Week activities included cleaning up garbage (oh, and a little fun at the park while we were there)...
a recycled carnival...
experiments about organics and composting....
making paint from dried out markers...
"Please Don't be a Litterbug" art from litter...
and art made from old magazines and boxes.
What a great Earth Week!!!