Ever have great ideas that don’t quite go as you imagined? While this Earth Day Bouquet is pretty and my son was fascinated by the flowers turning colors, the idea I had in my head did not quite materialize.
It was supposed to look just like the Earth! Still I decided to share it because my son had fun and learned so much. One of the major goals of Earth Day is to teach young kids about the earth, appreciation for what grows and it’s beauty. Since starting this activity last week, my son has stopped at many flower shops asking if those flowers were sucking up colored water too!
- Start with white carnations, 2 large jars, and blue and green food coloring.
- Cut the bottom of your stems off.
- Fill the jars with water and add A LOT of food coloring. The water should be very very dark.
- Pop the carnations in and put them in the sun.
- Cut a little more off the bottoms each day and see how they suck up the color!
- When they are the color you want. Arrange them in a vase to make it look like the earth–blue and green!
- Enjoy your flowers and the earth they came from !
Let’s Celebrate Earth Day by Connie and Peter Roop
This book is a comprehensive look at what Earth Day is, its history, why we celebrate, and all the different ways we can help our earth. The text is perfect for 6-10 year olds; with some editing on the parents part, younger children would enjoy it, too. I learned a lot about the holiday’s history from this book that I didn’t know. I also liked how the book goes into detail about things like endangered spices and recycling. There are fun extras, too, like earth day riddles, fun facts and even directions on how to compost using recycled materials.