Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day and Good Friday Ideas

Turn off the power and read

One of my favorite books to read with my son is It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer. In this book the little critter learns about global warming and how to stop it. He becomes concerned about the polar caps and the future of the polar bears. He decides to invent a machine to stop global warming and save the polar bears.

The story is simplistic enough for a four year old to understand. There is a comedic aspect to the Little Critter series that both children and parents comprehend. For example, the little critter in the book "helps" his parents but the illustration clearly shows he is making a bigger mess. Both parents and children enjoy a laugh.

Plant a garden

Legend has it that whatever you plant on Good Friday will continue to grow throughout the year. Before you run off to the pot farm and try to grow some purple weed, it should be noted that this is a holy tradition.

Easter came late this year. So you can't really plant spring plants. I recommend planting summer fruits and flowers. The Easter Lilly is still the tradition along with the tulip. Just remember to snip the blooms and protect the bulbs. Use your coffee grinds to keep you garden moist.

Though this is a Christian tradition, many pagans are planting their magical gardens today as well. I have made the switch to organic so I will be planting my own herbs and tomatoes.

Earth Day / Easter Pinata

Use recycled materials and make an Easter pinata. Be creative don't just make an Easter egg or a rabbit or a duck. Make a globe or or another shape.

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