Earth day blog hop: Give the earth a little spin

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 8, 2012

in Children's Books, Earth Day, Science and Nature, Special Occasions, Spinning Earth, The Earth Book

Today, a group of my fellow preschool bloggers have collaborated together to bring to you a set of books and activities for Earth Day. This is one of our very first Preschool Blogging Network blog hops and I am thrilled to be participating with such a great group of bloggers…

You will want to be sure to go and check out all the other Earth Day ideas being shared by my friends at the end of this post. Oh – and there is a linky at the bottom of the post too for even more Earth Day resources…

To kick off a discussion on Earth Day in my classroom, we read “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr. This book is super simple and does a wonderful job illustrating ten simple ways the children can help take care of the earth….

At the end of the book is a poster that you can review with the children and even take it out of the book to hang up on your wall…

As a follow up to “The Earth Book,” one of the activities we did was to make a beautiful earth similar to the one seen on the cover of the book. To make an earth, the children started by creating lines and dots of green (for land) and blue (for water) on a paper plate…

Then the children flipped the paper plate over on a large piece of white art paper and pressed it flatly against the paper…

And the children used one hand to “spin the earth” around in a circle while using the other hand to keep the paper from moving as they spinned the paper plate.  This is the same technique as “The Paper Plate Spin-Art” I have previously shared…

And then the children lifted the paper plate up from the paper to reveal their beautiful blue and green earth prints…

In the end, each child had two pieces of artwork to take home. The earth on their paper and the paper plate earth too! This is the kind of process that the children like to try more than once so you might want to have extra paper and paper plates on hand…

 

Now don’t go away because there are even more Earth Day books along with super great ideas being shared by these bloggers today! Stop by and bookmark or even go ahead and pin them all!

Teach Preschool  :  Child Central Station  :  Living Montessori Now  :  Aunt Annie’s Childcare  : Males in Early Childhood  :  The SEEDS Network  :  Flights of Whimsy  :  Pre-K Pages  :  Kreative Resources   :  I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!  :  Share & Remember  : Music Sparks  :  little illuminations  :  Greening Sam and Avery  :  Putti Prapancha  :  Early Play   :  52 Days to Explore  :  Little Running Teacher  :  Look at My Happy Rainbow  :  Rainbows within Reach

Earth Day Linky

Do you have an Earth Day link to share? Then head on over to THE EARTH DAY LINKY and join in! (Due to the linky causing my site to slow down, I have moved the linky to a new page so be sure to stop over and check out all the amazing earthday ideas!

 

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