Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Two of my Earth Day Activities have been published with Gryphon House in their new release, Learn Every Day About Our Green Earth. Take a look!

A TO Z: LET'S GO GREEN! page 55

Arrange a wildlife refuge in your backyard with a birdbath, nest building project, bird feeder, and plants that attract birds and other animals.
Bicycle instead of using a car.
Create posters about caring for the earth.
Don't leave water running when brushing your teeth or bathing.
Eat organic foods.
Feed the birds.
Grow a flower or vegetable garden.
Hold on to your helium balloons that can hurt animals when they fall to the ground.
Insulate your home by blocking drafts by doors and windows.
Join with your friends to clean up the neighborhood.
Keep stuff in a box until you can reuse it.
Light your home with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Make scratchpads with old paper.
Nurture the soil with coffee grinds, eggshells and other compost.
Omit aerosols from your shopping list because they damage the ozone layer.
Plant a tree.
Quit wasteing food.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Stop throwing out old toys. Donate them instead.
Turn off the lights.
Use paper on both sides.
Visit a recycling center to see all the different things that can be recycled.
Write a letter to the newspaper encouraging your neighbors to recycle.
eXercise your body while collecting tin cans.
Yell "I love the Earth."
Zero in on helping the earth!

What to Do:

As you teach each letter, introduce a green idea, a green project, and sing the Whole World Green song.

Feed the birds-make a bird feeder.
Grow a garden-tin can herbs.
Hold on to helium balloons-helium balloon craft.
Join your friends to clean up your neighborhood-make a trash monster.
Plant a tree-make a thankful tree.
Rethink, Reuse, Recycle-make old ice cream containers into bluilding blocks.
Visit a recycling center-become a human recycling machine.
Yell at a litterbug-make a litterbug.

Song: Whole World Green (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I will make my whole world green,
whole world green, whole world green,
I will make my whole world green
G-R-E-E-N, Green!


Cut different shapes out of the vinyl. (Square, triangle, rectangle, circle, oval)
Make them large enough for children to jump on.
Use either black permanent marker or black tape to number the shapes.
Tape the shapes to the floor to prevent accidents.
Discuss how little birds hop around instead of walk.

What to Do: Tell the children to be little hopping birds!
1. Jump on each shape and identify it.
2. Walk on each shape and say the number.
3. Jump from one to ten, saying each number as you go.
4. Jump on the even numbers only.
5. Jump on the odd numbers only.
6. Skip jump by fives. (5, 10, 15, 20, 25,…)
7. Skip jump by tens. (10, 20, 30,…)
8. Skip jump by twos or threes.
9. Walk backwards on the shapes and count backwards.
10. Jump and recite the numbers backwards.
11. Hop on one foot.
12. Jump hands on the shape then the feet on the shape.

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Anonymous said...

Congrats Kathy! Great activities for kids.

Kristi Bernard said...

This is awesome Kathy. I love going green!

Mayra Calvani said...

Dear Kathy,
I'm very happy for you. Congratulations!

terri.forehand said...

Great, congratulations.

Donna M. McDine said...

Woo Hoo..congratulations! I'm thrilled for you!

Anonymous said...

You've got a talent for designing unique activities.
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer

Cheryl said...

Great news, Kathy. Congratulations!


Margaret Fieland said...

Kathy, that's super. Many, many congratulations


Karen Cioffi said...

Wow, this is exciting, Kathy. Congratulations, my friend!!!!!

kathy stemke said...

Thanks everyone!

Grier said...

Kathy: Great ideas, and the book looks like lots of fun...

NancyCL said...

Why am I not surprised???? Way to go, Kathy!!!!